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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MO: Animal Welfare

It's estimated that one female dog and her puppies can result in the births of 67,000 dogs in just six years. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Animal welfare groups say the pandemic is exacerbating the overpopulation crisis for cats and dogs. According to Lisa Lange, senior vice president of communications with "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals," more than six million cats and dogs enter shelters in the U

Pollinators such as Monarch butterflies, certain birds and bats are an integral part of the health of natural ecosystems and agriculture. (Bill Barlow/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS – If you've ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a vividly colorful Monarch butterfly, you probably have an appreciation for a challenge being issued by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge calls on everyone from horticulture

A smile of good riddance from animal control officer Tasha Koeven in Moberly, Mo. (Humane Society of Missouri)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The recent move by animal shelter officials in central Missouri to destroy a gas chamber for animals has increased calls to shut down other such facilities across the state. The city of Moberly received a $3,000 grant from the Humane Society for dismantling and discardi

Two Mexican Gray Wolf pups were raised in Missouri, and put in a den in New Mexico. Biologists won't know for several months whether they survived. (Endangered Wolf Center)

ST. LOUIS - A couple of wolf pups have gotten a lot of attention after becoming the first to be born in captivity and placed in a den in the wild, where a female wolf had just given birth. The pups were taken to New Mexico for release shortly after being born at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Lou

Animal welfare advocates say regulation of factory farms is needed to protect public health, the environment and the animals themselves. (National Institute of Health)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been a busy year for animal-rights advocates in Missouri. They've been fighting nearly two dozen bills, all being considered in this last week of the legislative session. Bob Baker, executive director of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, said most are aimed at

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

PHOTO: Eggs produced in cramped cages are banned in California, and a federal judge has upheld the state's right to do so in tossing out a challenge brought by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It's a situation that could leave many Missourians feeling poached. Attorney General Chris Koster's attempt to overturn a California law requiring all eggs sold in the Golden State to come from chickens treated humanely was tossed out, but not before racking up a more th

PHOTO: Taking Fido for a ride in the car is one of the joys of summer, but veterinarians caution against ever leaving a pet in the car unattended, even with the windows cracked. Photo credit: pippalou/morguefile.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dogs left in cars in parking lots are an all-too-common summertime sight, and animal experts say it is both extremely dangerous for animals and could land their owners in hot water. Courtney Thomas, president and chief executive of the Great Plains SPCA, said animals can suffer h

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