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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - MO: Environmental Justice

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

Legislators and the leadership of the Parks Division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently have suggested the sale of some of Missouri's newest state parks. (Jennifer Conner)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In order to appreciate it, you've got to get out and experience it. At least, that's what outdoor enthusiasts are encouraging people to do over the holidays in hopes of saving three state parks from possible sale. The state's acquisition of Bryant Creek in Douglas Cou

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

The American Lung Association says reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants will in turn reduce asthma and other diseases linked to poor air quality, especially in low-income communities, according to the American Lung Association. Credit: click/morguefile.com.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the country has made some improvements in air quality, the latest State of the Air report from the American Lung Association finds there's still a long way to go. Supporters of the Environmental Protection Agency’s >Clean Power Plan point to the plan as a way

PHOTO: If approved, the Grain Belt Express transmission line would bring wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and points east. Supporters say it would also carry environmental and economic benefits to the state. Photo credit: Kevin_P/morguefile.com.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It appears the winds of change are blowing in Missouri, as more people speak out in favor of a plan to build a high-voltage wind energy transmission line through the state. Jim Turner, executive committee chair of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the line, whi

PHOTO: Bridgeton landfill's underground fire is drawing fire over odors and safety concerns. Photo courtesy: Missouri DNR

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ST. LOUIS - It's been a smelly, hot summer around the Bridgeton landfill, and some neighbors and activists think the landfill owner's plan to keep an underground fire from spreading stinks even more. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is scheduled this week to consider Republic Services'

Pinned locations show resident odor complaints outside the one mile radius MCE says it is not meant to be a scientific analysis.  Courtesy of: MCE

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ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Attorney General's Office has reached an agreement with the company that runs the Bridgeton landfill on how to control the stench from its underground fire. The agreement calls for Republic Services to cap the landfill, but first company officials say they'll need to remove

DNR takes control of air testing at Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill. Courtesy of: Missouri DNR

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ST. LOUIS - The Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, just north of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, has been smoldering underground since last summer, and people who live nearby say the air seems to be getting worse. They've been calling and complaining about headaches and illnesses for months and,

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