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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - MO: Consumer

Missouri State Parks offer 91 parks and historic sites for visitors, and some are planning holiday events. (Ajay Suresh/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season – however, some Missourians are choosing to skip the deals and discounts in favor of time spent in the great outdoors. The #OptOutside campaign, now in its third year, encourages Americans to take advanta

Net-neutrality advocates say this week's circuit court ruling will reignite efforts to pass state-level consumer protections. (Camilo Sanchez)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Net neutrality suffered a significant blow on Tuesday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era consumer protections. Because the court upheld the repeal, it remains legal for internet servic

Missouri DHSS updates its West Nile virus data through the end of October, even in years like this one when infections have been considered

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mosquitoes trapped in Jefferson County have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to scientists with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Even though fall is less than two weeks away, Molly Baker – a senior epidemiology specialist wi

An expansion of Medicaid in Missouri would add an estimated 200,000 people to the MO HealthNet program. (Machineheads/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Advocates for expanding Missouri's Medicaid program have just launched a new campaign to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot. The plan would allow about 200,000 Missourians who are low-wage workers to get Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, by raising the eligibili

The 2008 financial crisis has been widely attributed to banks that failed after making huge, highly risky market trades. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Consumer groups are warning that new financial rules will make a recession more likely – after the Trump administration moved to dramatically weaken banking regulations. On Tuesday federal regulators approved major changes to the Volcker rule. Carter Dougherty, co

Online payments will become instantaneous once a new system, now being developed by the Federal Reserve, comes online in 2024 or 2025. (mymmemo/AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Consumer groups are calling for more fraud protections in a new electronic payment system announced this week, to be developed by the Federal Reserve. It now can take a day or two for funds from direct-deposit and online bill payments to actually hit the account. The new syste

Sparklers are the number-one cause of firework-related burns in children under age 5. (John Paul Tyrone Fernandez/Pexels)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Fourth of July is only three days away, and the state fire marshal is pleading with people to take common-sense measures to avoid injuries and spot fires. The biggest piece of advice is to make sure if you buy fireworks for personal use in Missouri, they are legal -

The sign, above, in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways should, but doesn't yet, mark the place where a motorized boat prohibition begins. (Marisa Frazier/Sierra Club Missouri Chapter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Horsepower limits for motorized boats in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways have yet to be enforced more than four years after their approval. The Sierra Club Missouri Chapter says with the busy floating season here, it's time to put the rules in place. The National

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