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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Line 3 Opponents Ramp Up Pressure on State, Federal Officials

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Monday, March 1, 2021   

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- As work continues on the Line 3 oil pipeline, its opponents are bolstering their efforts in hopes of blocking the line from ever operating.

The northern Minnesota project has drawn heavy opposition from tribal and environmental groups.

Last week, activists delivered more than 200,000 signatures to President Joe Biden, calling on him to intervene.

Tara Houska, tribal attorney and advocate for environmental and Indigenous rights, pointed out Biden has billed himself as a proactive leader in fighting climate change. She said he needs to live up to that reputation.

"If he's going to call himself that, then we need action," Houska asserted. "Not just the words. We need the action."

On his first day in office, Biden cancelled a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Line 3 opponents also are asking Gov. Tim Walz to pause construction while legal challenges play out.

Supporters of Line 3, including some labor unions, say it provides much-needed jobs to the region. The company behind the effort, Enbridge Energy, said its current line is too old and at risk of oil spills.

Houska and other opponents say they're fearful cancellation of the Keystone permit will prompt Enbridge to move faster on Line 3.

She noted the similarities between the two pipelines, as both were designed to carry oil from Canadian tar sands.

"Same risks, same climate impacts, same violations of treaty rights," Houska argued.

Amid the debate over Line 3, Indigenous activists have set up protest camps at various pointed along the construction route. Tribal officials say the pipeline would negatively affect natural resources they rely on, including wild rice beds.


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