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PNS Daily News - February 27, 2017 


Today’s rundown covers several topics including: the president set to address defense spending and healthcare reform; immigrants struggle to speak-up amid deportation fears; and new research suggests public transportation should be the way to go for already stressed-out commuters.

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Public News Service - MO: Climate Change/Air Quality

Conservationists are calling on Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to let his constituents know where he stands on President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. (fema.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Ahead of a Senate confirmation vote this week, environmental groups in Missouri want U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to speak up about President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for the job, and t

Clean air advocates say Ameren, one of Missouri's biggest utilities, needs more of a focus on clean energy. (Environmental Law and Policy Center)

ST. LOUIS - One of Missouri's biggest utilities is putting a lot of money into a fund that can be used to help clean up the air around St. Louis. It's part of a settlement between Ameren Missouri and the Sierra Club that will require the energy company to establish a $2 million fund for environmenta

Parents from around the nation brought their kids to the U.S. Capitol for a rally calling for action on air pollution. (Mom's Clean Air Force)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Parents and children from around the country converged on the nation's capital this week to call for action on air pollution. They're petitioning lawmakers to support slashing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, and methane emissions from oil and gas operations. A

Environmental groups urge Missouri leaders to move toward clean energy. (Sierra Club)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri environmentalists call new federal rules from the Environmental Protection Agency a step in the right direction, but feel more needs to happen. Last week the EPA finalized the rules, which are designed to cut methane leaks from new, modified and reconstructed sources. T

Changes in climate mean changes in habitat for Missouri's hunters and anglers. (Missouri Chapter, Sierra Club)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Extreme swings in weather conditions can lead to major changes in the environment, and as trout season opens next week in Missouri, this year's winter flooding could mean changes for sportsmen. University of Missouri cooperative associate professor Craig Paukert says the maj

Ashley Wineland, above, is optimistic about what the Paris climate agreement will bring to Missouri. (Wineland)

ST. LOUIS – The Paris agreement is being called a major turning point when it comes to the global approach to climate change, but advocates returning to the U.S. say there is still much work to be done at home. Ashley Wineland, 23, was in Paris as part of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra C

Missouri remains among the worst in the nation, according to the latest state rankings on energy efficiency. Credit: ACEEE

ST. LOUIS - When it comes to policies and practices that move states into a cleaner, more energy-efficient future, Missouri is not making the grade, according to an annual scorecard. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Missouri 44th in the nation, exactly where it was last ye

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., center, is among the lawmakers with whom concerned Missourians met to discuss the Clean Power Plan. Courtesy: J. Conner

WASHINGTON – A broad coalition from across Missouri and the nation, including business leaders, health experts, environmentalists and concerned parents, is calling on lawmakers to get behind the switch to clean energy. The now finalized Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agen

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