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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - MN: Climate Change/Air Quality

PolyMet Mining says its NorthMet mine would be dug 700 feet below ground, which critics say also poses potential threats to water quality. (PolyMet)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – What could be the final public comment period is open on a proposal for PolyMet to mine copper, nickel and other precious metals in Hoyt Lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued a draft permit on Friday that details conditions under which the mine would o

Cover crops such as winter rye are a good way to reduce runoff from fertilizer. (LSDSL/Wikipedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is the first state in the nation to try telling farmers how to apply fertilizer to their crops. The state’s Department of Agriculture has drafted a rule meant to cut down on nitrogen runoff. Nitrogen fertilizer is the main source of nitrate pollution in th

Eighteen neighbors compared notes and brainstormed policy suggestions during a citizen's jury meeting last March in Winona. (The Jefferson Center)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In three Minnesota counties, neighbors are using citizens' juries to compare notes and reach consensus on issues that have been divisive in other places. The nonprofit Jefferson Center is convening regular people – not experts or elected officials – to discuss c

Clancy was a lab/hound mix trained to sniff out mercury in schools. (MPCA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hamline University gave its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Hubbard, who has spent most of her career exposing mercury hazards for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. From 2001 to 2009, Hubbard worked with Clancy the mercury-sniffing dog. Their unique partnersh

Despite growing demand, only about 5 percent of milk sold in the United States comes from organic farms. (Oregon State University/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS — The five biggest meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gases than do Exxon, Shell or British Petroleum, according to a new report. And if the meat and dairy industries continue as they are, it says, the Paris Climate Accord will be moot and a climate catastrophe inevitabl

The Climate Generation delegation poses with Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith before departing for the U.N. Climate Change conference in Bonn. (Climate Generation)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesotans are among 25,000 delegates from all over the world seeking global solutions to climate change. The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties, or COP 23, is meeting this week and next in Bonn, Germany, to compare progress on reducing carbon emissions.

The EPA budget affects Minnesota's ability to monitor water quality at its swimming beaches. (Steve Moses/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bipartisan criticism over the Trump administration's ideas for the Environmental Protection Agency has forced several crucial committee hearings to be postponed this week. President Donald Trump has proposed a 30 percent cut to the EPA's budget, steeper cuts than any other

In 2016, less than 40 percent of Minnesota's electric energy came from coal-fired plants. (Ferruccio Zanone/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota gets the number one spot in the Midwest in a new report from the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy. The state ranks ninth in the nation, up one place from last year. The council comes up with its rankings by comparing states' building codes, transp

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