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PNS Weekend Newscast - July 22nd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - MO: Public Lands/Wilderness

Snakes, like the water moccasin, can easily be stepped on, causing them to strike. (FotoshopTofs/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS – It's being called a byproduct of heavy rains in Missouri earlier this year - snake bites are on the rise. The state is home to five types of venomous snakes: copperhead, water moccasin, timber rattler, pygmy rattler and massasauga rattler. The most common is the copperhead. Jul

During the Dust Bowl years Missouri had the highest rate of soil erosion in the nation. (Missouri.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Advocates say all Missourians benefit from a tax that's been around since the 1980s. Back then, voters approved a one-tenth of one percent tax that is split between the Soil and Water Conservation District and the state park system. Last month Gov. Jay Nixon set the Novembe

Voters in St. Louis and Kansas City are being asked if they want to keep funding maintenance of city parks. (stlouis-mo.gov)

ST. LOUIS - Voters in St. Louis and Kansas City are being asked to keep a one percent city earnings tax in place to fund programs and services. The way it works is those who live or work in the cities pay a one percent tax and the money goes into the city's general fund. It has to be approved by

A bill being considered in Missouri would authorize the sale at auction of newly acquired state park land along the Eleven Point River. (Missouri State Parks)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would force the state to sell about 4,200 acres of land at auction. It isn't just any parcel; it was intended to be part of a new state park proposal, and the Eleven Point River flows through it. According to the legislation, if n

Changes in climate mean changes in habitat for Missouri's hunters and anglers. (Missouri Chapter, Sierra Club)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Extreme swings in weather conditions can lead to major changes in the environment, and as trout season opens next week in Missouri, this year's winter flooding could mean changes for sportsmen. University of Missouri cooperative associate professor Craig Paukert says the maj

The National Park Service wants to make sure there is a safe space for all who enjoy the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Courtesy Missouri Sierra Club

VAN BUREN, Mo. – With hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is considered one of the state's great treasures, and right now Missourians have the chance to shape and protect the national park's future. The National Park Service wants to put togethe

PHOTO: The Big Spring area, which lies within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, could become the ninth federally protected wilderness area in Missouri, if Congress designates it as such. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been a busy and productive half-century for the federal Wilderness Act, and environmentalists say today's anniversary of the signing of the landmark legislation offers a chance to protect more Missouri land for future generations. Thanks to the Wilderness Act, said John H

PHOTO: Environmental groups say massive coal-ash spills, like this one in North Carolina last month, aren't the only way contaminants leak into groundwater supplies, which is why they are pushing for stricter regulation of Missouri's coal-ash disposal sites. Photo credit: Sierra Club.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Do you know what's in Missouri's groundwater? Environmental advocates say there's not enough information to answer that right now. That's why they support a resolution before the Missouri House today that would require groundwater testing at coal ash disposal sites. J

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