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Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MO: Energy Policy

Developer Invenergy plans to provide $20 million in landowner payments in Missouri for the rights to build its Grain Belt Express transmission line. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While progress sometimes comes with a price, supporters of the Grain Belt Express say the potential benefits for Missouri far outweigh the costs. The transmission line would carry 4,000 megawatts of wind power daily from Kansas to Missouri, but it's been delayed for years by

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

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,

The

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Corporations that have violated the Clean Air Act are vastly outspending environmental groups in political contributions in Missouri, raising questions about their outsized influence on the legislature. The Missouri chapter of the Sierra Club analyzed three companies wi

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)

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

More businesses will be able to submit applications for utility rate adjustments to the Missouri Public Service Commission under two proposals in the Missouri Senate. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – consumer groups warn two bills in the Missouri State Senate that would allow utility providers to temporarily adjust rates could also take that power away from Missouri's Public Service Commission. Comments from David Woodsmall, executive director, Midwest Energy Consumers

Missouri legislators may be spending much of their summer vacations in Jefferson City. (David Mark/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state legislators have already been called back to Jefferson City for one special session and Gov. Eric Greitens says he's "canceling their summer vacations," indicating he may call them back for more. But the word "special" is open to interpretation. The gover

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

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

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