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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - MO: Water

A new report says officials need to rethink the levee system used to control flooding on the Lower Missouri. (Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The "Mighty Mississippi" and "Big Muddy" are the backbone of many Missouri communities, and a new report warns these two big rivers are at a major crossroads. The upper Mississippi and lower Missouri are ranked by American Rivers as the country's top two "most endangered riv

More than 3,000 comments were submitted on a 2015 General Management Plan for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers. (kbh3rd/WikimediaCommons)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Peak float season starts today in Missouri, and there are concerns that another season will float by without the enforcement of horsepower limits on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The General Management Plan for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers' corridor was completed

Floods in the Midwest this year have been deadly and, for some, conjured memories of the Great Flood of 1993. (Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson/U.S. Air National Guard)

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ST. LOUIS – After devastating and historic floods this year, critics of new developments on the Missouri River fear they could send the waters higher. On the banks of the Missouri near St. Louis, proposals for developments by Bangert Island and in Maryland Heights would be across the river f

Mercury and other pollutants threaten fishing in many of Missouri's waterways. (Tanya Impeartrice/Flickr)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Could Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court mean more polluted waterways in Missouri? The state chapter of the Sierra Club believes so, pointing to a ruling Kavanaugh says is one of his "most significant." In 2014, Kavanaugh argued the EPA shoul

The Eleven Point River meanders through the picturesque Ozarks of southern Missouri. It's one of the eight initial components of the National Wild and Scenic River System, which was established in 1968. (Jennifer Conner)

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ALTON, Mo. – Memorial Day weekend is always a big splash into floating season in the Ozarks, but environmental groups, local businesses and the U.S. Forest Service are hoping to draw an even bigger crowd in July to help keep the Eleven Point River pristine. In celebration of this year's 50th

CAFOs house large numbers of pigs, chickens, cows or other farm animals in what are described as

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri has seen a rise in concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs, whether they produce cows, hogs or chickens. Now, residents and environmental groups are concerned about a bill they say will take away local governments' ability to put public-health protections in pl

The Mississippi River separates Illinois and Missouri.  (Ken Lund/Flickr)

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ST. LOUIS – Environmental regulators are racing to find an even balance in the ongoing battle over the heights of flood-control levees. The Army Corps of Engineers has figured out what locals have long suspected – when one town tries to protect itself against flooding, the problem gets

Coal ash is produced when power plants burn coal, and Missouri lawmakers are trying to decide whether the state should create its own regulations for coal-ash waste. (Pixabay)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Environmental groups warn that a bill now in the Missouri House of Representatives would weaken the state's protections against groundwater contamination from coal ash. Supporters of Senate Bill 917 by Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, have said the state of Missouri needs its o

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