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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - MN: Animal Welfare

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Concerns are being raised across the state and nation as an event patterned after the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Spain, is being planned for 10 cities across the United States. The "Great Bull Run" is being billed as an exciting experience - but Dallas Rising, program di

PHOTO: Three years after filing a petition to get the FDA to pull the approval of animal feed containing arsenic, several advocacy groups have now filed suit. They say the arsenic is not needed to raise animals and poses a public health risk. CREDIT: Norman Ack

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit because it continues to allow arsenic in animal feed given to chickens, turkeys and hogs. The suit was filed on behalf of a handful of advocacy groups, including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. According to

PHOTO: CREDIT: Dwight Sipler

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nanomaterials added to farm fields with fertilizer could threaten soil health, public health, and the food supply, a new report concludes. According to Dr. Steve Suppan, senior policy analyst with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, some fertilizers are now sold claim

PHOTO: A report from the National Wildlife Federation cites climate change as a contributing factor in the declining moose population in Minnesota. CREDIT: amyhrer

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Creatures large and small in Minnesota are featured in a report from the National Wildlife Federation, which examines how deer, birds and other species are being impacted by a changing climate. The report’s author, NWF Senior Scientist Amanda Staudt, says the underlyi

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An animal advocacy group says Walmart is quickly becoming the lone major corporation that still allows its pork suppliers to use gestation crates. Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, says the video his group released this week shows the crates in use at M

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Farmers and ranchers in Minnesota and around the country only have a couple more months to find alternatives to a common antibiotic used to treat farm animals, before such off-label use is banned by the FDA. But David Wallinga, senior adviser on science, food and health at the Inst

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – The Easter bunny is not a pet, and live rabbits should not be given as gifts. That's the message from the Animal Humane Society. Spokesperson Deb Balzer says rabbits are the third most commonly surrendered animal, behind cats and dogs - and this time of year is when they

MINNEAPOLIS - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a new rule which is aimed at leveling the playing field for small livestock and poultry producers. It's promoted as a way to restore market competition and strengthen protections against price discrimination. Advocates say

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