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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - MO: Civic Engagement

Missouri could become one of 14 states to take legislative action on media literacy, if lawmakers pass a bill to incorporate it into K-12 education. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker introduced a bill which would add media literacy training to the public-school curriculum. House Bill 74 would create a committee of lawmakers, educators, media experts and a children's mental-health expert to work with the Missouri Department of Education

The For the People Act, if passed, will include campaign finance reforms and mandate independent commissions to draw voting district maps. (freshidea/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Good-government groups in Missouri say that a major democracy reform package, HR1 - or the For the People Act - would bring the state's voting laws up to speed with the rest of the nation. Denise Lieberman - the general counsel of the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition - not

Missouri labor leaders and good-government groups are calling on Sen. Josh Hawley to resign over his actions, seen as encouraging the rioters, leading up to and during the assault on the U.S. Capitol last week. (lazyllama/Adobe Stock)

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ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis labor leaders and good-government groups are coming together to demand U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's resignation. At the U.S. Capitol last week, Hawley fist-pumped the mob that shortly after stormed the building, putting members of Congress and Capitol staff at risk and injuring C

Mental-health and substance-use advocates in St. Louis are launching a new program to help get behavioral-health resources to community members in crisis. (releon8211/Adobe Stock)

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ST. LOUIS - A new partnership in St. Louis starting this month will divert some 911 calls to trained behavioral health professionals - if the caller or subject of the call is in a mental-health or substance-use crisis. Clinical staff from Behavioral Health Response, or BHR, will also accompany offi

This fall, nearly 70% of St. Louis voters backed the idea of switching to

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- City elections in St. Louis will change next year after residents approved a nonpartisan primary system in what's known as "approval voting." Supporters say having cities in Middle America get on board helps with broader reform efforts. The new system allows voters to choose as m

Ballots cast in Missouri surpassed 3 million for the first time. (AdobeStock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Despite a pandemic and one of the most contentious presidential races on record, the 2020 general election in Missouri went off without a hitch. President of the League of Women Voters of Missouri Evelyn Maddox said they had members on the ground at poll sites around the stat

Proposition D on the ballot in St. Louis would create nonpartisan primaries for municipal elections. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. LOUIS -- During historically divisive times, one Missouri city could be moving toward a nonpartisan way of electing its leaders. St. Louis voters will decide on Proposition D on the Nov. 3 ballot. It would create a nonpartisan primary system, and implement what's known as "approval voting" in m

More than 37,000 Missourians will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society. (Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters will have a chance to decide whether the state should expand Medicaid in next Tuesday's primary election. Amendment 2 would modify the Missouri Constitution to extend Medicaid coverage to adults ages 19 to 64, with incomes at or below 133% of the federal pover

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