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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

PHOTO: As the state continues to deal with the widespread outbreak of avian influenza, an expert on the issue will be speaking in Minnesota on Thursday. Robert Wallace will outline the problems with the production model of the commercial poultry industry and detail strategies for reducing the future risk. Photo credit: Cyndy Sims Parr/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The outbreak of avian influenza that has decimated hundreds of turkey and chicken operations in Minnesota and a dozen other states was a surprise to many, but one expert says it was destined to happen. The production model in the commercial poultry industry is a prime target for t

PHOTO: Minnesota may increase the penalties for poaching, with a proposal for the most egregious cases to include felony charges and the revocation of hunting and fishing privileges for 10 years. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In the wake of several high-profile cases of illegal poaching in Minnesota, more severe consequences may be coming for those who intentionally violate the state's hunting and fishing laws. Gov. Mark Dayton wants the Legislature to make it a felony for the most egregious in

PHOTO: An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States at a Minnesota slaughterhouse uncovered alleged abuse of

BUTTERFIELD, Minn. - Hens are being scalded alive at a Butterfield slaughterhouse, according to a new undercover video released by the Humane Society of the United States. What are called "spent" hens - birds no longer useful for egg-laying - are shipped from egg producers all over the nation to be

PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Todd County pig farm, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of the United States, the p

PHOTO: There are concerns that the Food and Drug Administration's voluntary program to reduce certain uses of antibiotics for farm animals will not be effective. The overuse has led to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria or so-called

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of farm animals, but some claim the government's efforts don't go far enough. FDA guidance calls for manufacturers to voluntarily c

PHOTO: A western Minnesota turkey farm is facing allegations of animal cruelty, after the release of an undercover video filmed at the operation by an animal rights group. Photo credit: Compassion Over Killing.

WILLMAR, Minn. - As families across the state prepare to sit down for that big Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, an animal rights group is claiming inhumane and cruel treatment of turkeys at a farm in western Minnesota. The group Compassion Over Killing has released an undercover video that executive di

PHOTO: The Land Stewardship Project is hosting a field day Saturday in Sauk Centre, showing off techniques that can help mitigate the impacts of climate change. Courtesy: LSP

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Farmers and ranchers across Minnesota and the nation are undertaking new efforts to help mitigate climate change. Peter Donovan, who chairs the Soil Carbon Coalition, says there are practices that can turn atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter and increase water-holdi

PHOTO: A new poll finds 63% of Minnesota voters support closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to help prevent the spread of the invasive Asian carp. CREDIT: LouisvilleUSACE

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the invasive Asian carp on the move north, a majority of Minnesotans want aggressive action now to protect the state's more than 10,000 lakes, rivers and streams. One option for protection would come in the form of closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on th

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