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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MO: Urban Planning/Transportation

Cosmopolitan Park in Columbia, Mo., is the site of the city's eclipse celebration Mon., Aug. 21. (Columbia Parks and Recreation)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – It takes a sizable attraction to double the population of a city in a single day - something big enough to, say, blot out the sun. But that's exactly what Columbia, Mo., officials are anticipating for the total solar eclipse. The city is in the ideal line of the eclipse path,

Commuting can cause stress on the mind and body. (modot.org)

ST. LOUIS -- The more time spent in the car, the more experts say it can impact our mental and physical health. The average American spends more than 25 minutes commuting to and from work and school. It's a little less in Missouri, where the average commute time is 16 minutes. Researchers have fou

Missouri's PACE programs are getting some credit for the state's progress in moving toward green energy and power savings. (sierraclub.org)

ST. LOUIS – Missouri has made some big strides in saving electricity. The latest report card from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Missouri 32nd among the states, up 12 spots from 2015. Kristy Manning, director of the Missouri Department of Energy, said as pa

The Missouri Department of Transportation is testing environmentally friendly sidewalks at a welcome center, and if successful it could be used on roads. (MoDOT)

CONWAY, Mo. – Missouri's Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to install solar panels made of recycled glass at a rest stop alongside the iconic Route 66 as part of the department's Road to Tomorrow Initiative. Laurel McKean, an assistant engineer for MoDOT, says the depar

PHOTO: Doctors say smog is taking a toll on Missourians, and some are urging the EPA to adopt even stricter air-quality standards than the ones the agency is now proposing. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.com.

ST. LOUIS - New regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could help clear the air in Missouri, and across the nation. The EPA recently released a proposal to significantly strengthen protections against ground-level ozone pollution, better known as smog, and health experts

PHOTO: Cyclists and walkers are moving closer to transforming the defunct Rock Island rail corridor into a trail, as a decision to sell a key portion of the corridor is expected soon. Photo courtesy of Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Plans to transform a defunct stretch of railroad into a second cross-state bicycle-and-walking path are picking up speed, and could be finalized within the next few weeks. Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, said turning the Rock Isl

PHOTO: While many Missourians agree that the state's roads and highways could use some work, not everyone thinks a sales tax hike to fund road repairs is the best way to drive the state forward. Photo credit: Enapov/morguefile.com

ST. LOUIS - Missouri voters will decide next week whether to pass the largest sales-tax increase in the state's history to fund road projects, but some environmental advocates feel the proposal is a dead-end street. Chloe Ames, a Washington University student and Sierra Club intern, relies on publi

PHOTO: Missourians have no way of knowing if the state's utility companies are making more or less than the amount set by regulators, but that would change under a bill supported by AARP in Missouri. Photo credit: diegotecno via morguefile.com

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Consumer advocates are calling on Missouri lawmakers to force the state's investor-owned utility companies to let the public know just how much they're earning. John Coffman, an energy consultant for AARP in Missouri, says the Utility Transparency and Fairness Act would

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