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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - MO: Disabilities

Missouri's Capable Kids and Families program aims to reduce the cost of raising a special-needs child by loaning therapy equipment so parents don't have to buy it. (cpozarks.org)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Parenting a child with disabilities is challenging, but can be much easier when the proper resources are available. Often families can benefit from the loan of developmental therapy equipment, access to a playroom with adaptive equipment or information about networking mee

As Missouri lawmakers try to trim the budget, affordable housing advocates say one idea on the table would hurt seniors and people with disabilities. (aarp.org)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate is set to vote on legislation that would end a property tax credit for about 100,000 people. House Committee Bill 3 would repeal the so-called Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit - a state program for low-income people with disabilities or who are age 65

Missouri children such as Levi benefit from a program begun by a community group in Rolla more than 15 years ago. (Capable Kids)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A program that works with children with disabilities and their families is expanding again in Missouri. Capable Kids and Families in 2001 in Rolla as a way to help deal with isolation, exclusion, financial hardships, insurance restrictions and difficulty accessing treatment.

Today is the day to honor the nation's military members. (Mark Paul John)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri has 15,000 active-duty members of the military, and one of the largest advocacy groups for veterans said now that Donald Trump has been elected to lead this country he needs to fulfill his campaign promise to take care of those who serve. Joy Ilam, the legislative di

The stroke rate is too high in Missouri, but health experts say those numbers can come down if more people get their blood pressure under control. (Virginia Carter)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This is the final day of American Stroke Month, but stroke is an ongoing concern in Missouri, where it's the fourth-leading cause of death. State health experts cite smoking, physical inactivity and obesity as just a few of the health problems Missourians have at higher rate

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Tourette Association of America. (Children's Mercy)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One in 100 people has some form of Tourette Syndrome or TS, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. It is estimated 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibits

The second lawsuit in six months involving a woman in labor being shackled and driven hundreds of miles has been filed in Missouri. (Jackson County)

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MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Mo. - The ACLU of Missouri has filed suit on behalf of an inmate who lost her baby. In December 2014, Tara Rhodes told jail staff at the Mississippi County jail that she was having labor pains and losing fluids. She says she was accused of lying and ignored. Five days later w

States are grappling with the issues of increased medical care needed as prison populations age and prisons that aren't equipped for the elderly. (Virginia Carter)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The number of older Americans serving prison sentences is on the rise, and those facilities weren't originally designed to accommodate an aging population. Linda Redford is director of the Central Plains Geriatric Education Center at the University of Kansas. She says Missouri

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