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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Public News Service - MO: Consumer

Advocates are asking the Public Service Commission to raise the cap on utility-scale solar contracts from 500 kilowatts to 20,000 kilowatts per contract. (Adamkaz/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Renewable energy advocates are pushing the state to allow more utility-scale solar development, and have filed a petition with the Public Service Commission to make it happen. The group Renew Missouri filed a petition this week asking the PSC to change its rules that cu

Statistics show that Missourians made more than 10,500 complaints about violations of debt-collection laws in 2016. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Trump administration has just released proposed new rules for debt collection, but consumer groups say they would do very little to stop the onslaught of collection calls, emails and text messages that plague many Missouri households. The new rules would limit the n

Experts warn against holding a tablet in your lap, putting a cell phone to your ear or carrying a device in your pocket. (d3damon/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Public health groups are calling for a nationwide recall on some cellular phones after a new study showed some units, when pressed up against the body, emit 11 times more radiation than Federal Communications Commission safety limits allow. A study done by a professor e

A new internet data tool shows that DACA-eligible immigrants alone paid almost $1.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2017. (Alene Yukusheva/Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Just in time for Tax Day, a new internet tool shows the tax contributions of immigrants around the country. It shows that in Missouri, immigrants paid $2.3 billion in taxes in 2017. The data disproves the myth touted by President Donald Trump and others, that immigrants

Consumer advocates say Missouri's laws on salvage vehicle titles need to be strengthened. (Johny Rebel/Pexels)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Thousands of drivers in Missouri could be driving cars that have been previously totaled in an accident, and never even know it. That's because current law says if the car is more than six years old, the title does not have to be stamped as salvage. This week, a propose

A 2018 University of Maryland poll found 86 percent of Americans support net neutrality rules. (Wikimedia Commons)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The battle over net neutrality is heating up again – as supporters in Congress have just introduced a bill to reinstate Obama-era consumer protections that were lost after the Federal Communications Commission repealed them in 2017. The "Save the Internet Act" wou

A new federal report says antibiotic use in farm animals decreased by about one-third from 2016 to 2017. (takeasnap/Moprguefile)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The major players in the meat industry have developed what they're calling a "stewardship plan" they say will ensure that they use antibiotics in livestock only when necessary. At issue is the possible development of deadly "super-bug" infections that are resistant to ant

The Grain Belt Express Clean Line project would bring wind power from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. (Niserin/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Renewable energy groups are hoping for approval from the Public Service Commission for a project designed to bring more wind power to Missouri. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line would bring in renewable power from the wind farms of Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and Iowa,

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