PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - MO: Budget Policy & Priorities

According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Missouri's incarceration rate has increased in recent years and is well over the national average. Between 2010 and 2015, Missouri's incarceration rate increased by 4 percent and was eighth highest in the nation in 2015. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system, including an uptick in violent crime and crowded prisons – and research shows women are at the epicenter. Researchers at The Council of State Governments Justice Center, asked to

Legislators and the leadership of the Parks Division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently have suggested the sale of some of Missouri's newest state parks. (Jennifer Conner)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In order to appreciate it, you've got to get out and experience it. At least, that's what outdoor enthusiasts are encouraging people to do over the holidays in hopes of saving three state parks from possible sale. The state's acquisition of Bryant Creek in Douglas Cou

There are 827,000 Missourians living in poverty, according to the Coalition on Human Needs and Empower Missouri. (Yinan Chen/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy. That's the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri's poverty r

Jay Nixon State Park was closed at the beginning of 2017, while the Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, and Ozark Mountain parks have never been opened. (Missouri State Parks)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon state parks face an uncertain future nearly 10 months into the administration of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Business owners and outdoor enthusiasts hope to change that with a signature drive calling attention t

The Missouri Budget Project argues that investments in public services create the foundation on which families and communities can thrive. (Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thoughtful, bipartisan collaboration is what's needed to improve the U.S. health-care system. That's the perspective of the independent Missouri Budget Project, which argues that a complex problem can't be addressed by a strategy that they say "throws the baby out with the b

Block grants aren't new. Congress in the 1980s narrowly rejected an effort by the Reagan administration to tie Medicaid funding to block grants. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act relies on a funding mechanism that is often discussed but not always understood – the block grant. Critics of repeal-and-replace legislation say block grants can sound appealing while doing much damage t

Missouri will look like this before you know it, and plans are in place to help eligible lower-income families pay their utility bills. (12019/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A utility assistance program that President Donald Trump targeted for elimination in his proposed budget appears to be safe for the winter ahead in Missouri. The short-term plan to fund the government for three more months as Congress debates a longer-term solution means t

The Missouri Budget Project notes that the tax code needs to be fair for everyone while providing necessary resources such as education and infrastructure. (Paweł Szymczuk/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - On his return trip from visiting hurricane-ravaged Texas, President Donald Trump is expected to make a stop in Springfield today to promote his proposed tax cuts. The president is scheduled to speak at Loren Cook Co., which makes fans and exhaust systems. Traci Gleason, director

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