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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2018 


Robert Mueller now expected to reveal findings of his probe right after the November midterm elections. Also on the Thursday rundown: the poorest people pay the highest taxes in states like Nevada; and the Terminator fights gerrymandering.

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Public News Service - MN: Endangered Species & Wildlife

In Minnesota, solar sites double as pollinator habitat with native plants feeding hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. (audubon.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new study from the Audubon Society shows the welfare of birds is closely linked to the quality of food and shelter found in their habitats. Audubon's director of community conservation, John Rowden, said the study shows more than half of North American bird species are th

Lawmakers are hearing this week from residents who say they want clean water. (cleanwateraction.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday is Water Action Day in Minnesota, and a rally is being held at the state Capitol. It includes workshops to help residents learn how to work with their lawmakers to protect natural resources and to learn more about current legislation that's threatening clean water i

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

Conservationists and businesses want the presidential candidates to support Great Lakes cleanup efforts, including a project at Minnesota's Duluth–Superior Harbor. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the presidential candidates continue along the campaign trail, a coalition of business and conservation leaders is asking them to make restoring the Great Lakes a priority. The group says more than 40 million people rely on the lakes for clean drinking water, and over a millio

Taxpayers can help protect non-game species, including Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, by making a donation on their state income-tax forms. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many of us are preparing our income taxes, one state agency is reminding Minnesotans there's an easy way to help protect wildlife at tax time. All it takes is checking the box on the state tax form to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, part of the Minnesota Department of

Conservationists say the EPA's new biofuel rules could lead to more croplands encroaching on wildlife habitats. (Sgarton/Morguefile.com)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some new federal renewable fuel guidelines could be putting some wildlife habitats at risk, especially in the Midwest. The Environmental Protection Agency's recently finalized Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) include incentives for producing more corn ethanol. David DeGenna

Minnesota's dwindling population of the Karner Blue butterfly soon could be gone, according to a new report. Credit: Endangered Species Coalition

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A species of butterfly that calls Minnesota home is perilously close to becoming extinct. The Karner Blue butterfly is on a list of the top 10 "most isolated" species in the United States. According to the Endangered Species Coalition, these animals and plants all share one thing

The rusty patched bumble bee used to be common in parts of the state, but has seen its population plummet in recent years. Courtesy: Rich Hatfield/The Xerces Society

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Protections could be on the way for a bumblebee that used to be commonly found in parts of Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest, but is now threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a year-long review to determine if an Endangered Species Ac

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