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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


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Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - MO: Toxics

Kansas City native Paul A. Schwarz died in 2011 after eating cantaloupe tainted with listeria. (Paul Schwarz)

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A Missouri resident is taking on Washington D.C. in the name of his father, who died of listeria poisoning. Paul Schwarz of Independence just returned from a trip to the nation's capital, where he pleaded with senators and members of Congress not to cut food-safety regula

Advocates say Missouri is lagging behind other states when it comes to solar energy. (sierraclub.org)

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MOBERLY, Mo. – Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are paying a visit to Thomas Hill Energy this week, where they'll be thanked for protecting electricity rates, but advocates say the environment and the health of residents are under threat because of

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)

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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)

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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

Medical physicists are starting to play a bigger role in hospitals across the country. (Children's Mercy)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More and more hospitals across the country are starting to add full-time medical physicists to their staffs. That's the case at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Dr. Nima Kasraie is the first full-time physicist in the hospital's Department of Radiology, and his goal is to make sur

Extensive testing is being done for radioactive contamination in neighborhoods around St. Louis thanks to citizens who made their voices heard. (Earth Island Journal)

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ST. LOUIS - In 1942, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St Louis began secretly processing uranium for the U.S. government. By the time it wrapped up, 50,000 tons had been produced. Fast-forward decades later, and social media has become a way for people who have lost touch with each other to communica

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

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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

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

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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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