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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2019 


G-7 meeting may move to Camp David; conservation groups sound alarm about acting BLM chief; NC suit aims to change solitary confinement policy there; questions about Amazon Ring coordination with police; and microbes might help in earthquakes.

2020Talks - October 21, 2019 


2016 candidate Hillary Clinton says Russia is "grooming" Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. And Sen. Bernie Sanders has biggest Democratic campaign event this season so far.

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Public News Service - MO: Civil Rights

A new report estimates that Americans owe $50 billion in post-conviction fines and fees, which can affect their right to vote. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new report shows 30 states, including Missouri, deny people the right to vote based on their inability to pay fees and fines associated with parole and probation. The report, by Georgetown University and the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, is called "Can't Pay, Can't

According to ProPublica, the 2018 Missouri Senate race took in more than $73 million from Political Action Committees. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today is the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Critics say the case has led to an explosion of so-called dark money in politics. The justices ruled that corporations have many of the same rights as people, so their political donatio

The Clean Missouri amendment took effect January 1, but has been criticized by Gov. Mike Parson. (Benjamin Singer)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hands off Amendment 1. That's the message from supporters of the "Clean Missouri' ballot initiative to state lawmakers, who begin the 100th General Assembly next week. The anti-gerrymandering measure passed by 62 percent of the vote in November, but Gov. Mike Parson and

Currently, 28 states, predominantly in the Midwest, South and Southwest, have right-to-work laws in place. (Twenty20/Andreeas)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As Republican lawmakers advance plans to protect the so-called "right-to-work" legislation they passed last year, a study shows the policy could hurt black workers most. The law, which deals with banning mandatory union fees, did not take effect because Democrats and un

In Missouri, a renter is not excused from honoring a lease simply because he or she didn't read it or doesn't understand it. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that tenants have the right to a jury trial in rent and possession evictions. The unanimous ruling in the case of Brainchild Holdings LLC v. Cameron is expected to help crack down on illegal evictions throughout Missouri. The tenant, Step

Approximately 50 Missourians are serving life sentences for crimes committed as youths, despite a Supreme Court ruling barring that. (Jose Antonio/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS -- An Associated Press nationwide survey shows that five years after the U.S. Supreme Court barred life without parole sentences for juveniles, states, including Missouri, have made few significant changes. Attorney Amy Breihan with the MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis said at the t

It's not yet clear whether Gov. Eric Greitens' prescription-drug monitoring program will impact existing county PDMPs. (Darko Stojanovic/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It was a long time coming, but the announcement that Missouri will begin creating a prescription drug-monitoring program is getting a lukewarm response. Gov. Eric Greitens this week bypassed the state legislature when he issued an executive order to establish the databa

Exonerating an innocent person takes from seven to 10 years, according to the Midwest Innocence Project. (Fifaliana Rakotoarison/Pixabay)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A federal judge this week awarded Ryan Ferguson $11 million after he served a decade in prison for a 2001 murder in Columbia, Mo., that he didn't commit. In the wake of the judgment, members of the justice advocacy group Midwest Innocence Project are describing changes they b

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