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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2018 


Jared Kushner finally granted his security clearance. Also on our nationwide rundown: a new lawsuit seeks the release of a gay man from ICE Detention in Pennsylvania; and protecting an Arizona water source for millions near Phoenix.

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Public News Service - MN: Environment

Three out of four Minnesotans get their drinking water from groundwater sources, and clean-water advocates say more should be done to protect it from polluted farm runoff. (George Becker/StockSnap)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Environmental groups say clean water is under attack in Minnesota, and this Wednesday, they're planning a peaceful counterattack. Water Action Day is May 2 at the State Capitol, when representatives from more than 30 groups will rally and meet with lawmakers. Among their co

Students from across Minnesota will converge on the State Capitol to talk about climate change this Wednesday, April 25. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Students from across Minnesota get a chance to bring their concerns about climate change and the environment directly to their state lawmakers this week. About 200 young people are expected to participate in the Youth Climate Justice Summit, this Wednesday at the Minnesota St

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MINNEAPOLIS — There have been at least four incidents of animals, people or both falling through ice and needing rescue in Minnesota communities in recent days. In one case, a dog ran out onto a lake in Lino Lakes, broke through, and its owner ran after the dog and also fell in. In the Twin

Eric Sannerud (right) and his partner Ben Boo are among the first and biggest hops farmers in Minnesota. (Mighty Axe Farms)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Community food systems are a growing trend in Minnesota - farmers markets are just one example. Erin McKee with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy runs a program that helps schools and day care centers buy from local farmers. She'd like to expand the system, but

The air quality index forecast team at the MPCA analyzes data from monitors at 17 locations. (Roberta Heine/Minnesota Association of Professional Employees)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Scientists with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have developed a way to notify more Minnesotans sooner about air pollution - and save the state money at the same time. Since June, the state agency has increased the number of locations it monitors, and is using artifi

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

Eighteen neighbors compared notes and brainstormed policy suggestions during a citizen's jury meeting last March in Winona. (The Jefferson Center)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In three Minnesota counties, neighbors are using citizens' juries to compare notes and reach consensus on issues that have been divisive in other places. The nonprofit Jefferson Center is convening regular people – not experts or elected officials – to discuss c

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