PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Parents are reminded during this National Poison Control Week not to take medications in front of young children, who are more likely to mimic them with serious consequences. (User Jaime/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This is National Poison Prevention Week - and in Minnesota, the goal is to dispel some common myths about whether and when to call the Poison Help Hotline or head to an emergency room. More than 40,000 calls are made to the Minnesota Poison Control System every year, but acc

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

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

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

For the first time, the soybean crop in Minnesota this year is as big as the corn crop. (United Soybean Board)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new weed killer could be damaging the crop it's supposed to protect. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's fielding a record number of complaints about the newest version of an herbicide called dicamba. It is designed for use with dicamba-resistant soybean

Protesters say they won't give up their fight to stop the flow of oil through Minnesota and other states. (MN350)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two activists from Seattle who were arrested last fall for trying to shut off the Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota will be back in court next month, but a judge will allow them to appear via telephone. On Oct. 11, the activists attempted to close down the operation near Clea

Minnesota has taken the lead in protecting pollinating insects from harmful pesticides, which environmentalists say will benefit the country's agriculture system. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is being called a leader when it comes to restricting the use of pesticides that environmentalists say hurt bees. Governor Mark Dayton has ordered the broadest restrictions in the country on the use chemicals known as neonicotinoids. Studies show the chemicals are harm

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