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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - MO: Environment

Jay Nixon State Park was closed at the beginning of 2017, while the Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, and Ozark Mountain parks have never been opened. (Missouri State Parks)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon state parks face an uncertain future nearly 10 months into the administration of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Business owners and outdoor enthusiasts hope to change that with a signature drive calling attention t

Pollinators such as Monarch butterflies, certain birds and bats are an integral part of the health of natural ecosystems and agriculture. (Bill Barlow/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS – If you've ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a vividly colorful Monarch butterfly, you probably have an appreciation for a challenge being issued by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge calls on everyone from horticulture

Inadequate sewage systems destroy the habitats of the Ozark hellbender salamander. (Jeromy Applegate/USFWS)

ST. LOUIS – It can be challenging to make people care about an endangered species of giant salamander that goes by names including the Ozark hellbender and the snot otter. But environmentalists in Missouri are calling upon officials to recognize that the ample amphibian's ranks are dwindling b

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

Missouri has seen the benefits of jobs created in the renewable energy sector. (sierraclub.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group from Missouri that included business owners and leaders in the environmental and clean energy sectors has just returned from a trip to Washington to meet with Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri to talk about the ramifications of cuts to environmental

Missourians are calling for clean energy to protect jobs and the environment. (sierraclub.org)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri has been making progress in the fight against climate change and advocates are worried that plans by the Trump administration to derail the Clean Power Plan could cause a loss of momentum for the state and the country. The comments made last week by new EPA chief Scott

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)

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

Environmental groups warn that some of the Trump administration's earliest actions could send Missouri's asthma rates even higher. (sierraclub.org)

ST. LOUIS - Environmental groups are warning that Missouri's asthma problems may only get worse if the Trump administration continues in the same direction as it did in its first 100 hours. Across the country, a coalition of groups has launched "100 Hours of Action" to oppose what they see as aggre

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