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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Environment

Wakesurfing requires a large wake behind a boat. A study is underway to determine the possible impact of those big waves, and other recreational boating, on lake and shoreline health in Minnesota.  (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This fall, University of Minnesota researchers will study how regional lakes are being affected by large waves from recreational boating. Groups like Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates have voiced concerns about eroding shorelines and damaged vegetation, and they believe it's co

The Minnesota section of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline has become a flashpoint in the debate over enhancing oil production in the U.S. (caepla.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A large oil pipeline project received renewed support from Minnesota regulators this week. It's just one recent issue that is thrusting the region into the larger debate over fossil fuels. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission denied a request to reconsider its support of the

PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota had been under review for more than a decade before it became ensnared in a legal fight over permits. (PolyMet)

HOYT LAKES, Minn. -- For a second time, the Minnesota Supreme Court says it will weigh in on a permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine along the Iron Range. Environmental groups opposing the project say the latest twist shows they're in for a long fight. This week, the court said it w

The original Civilian Conservation Corps helped with projects such as the one at the Mississippi River headwaters in Minnesota. Supporters say reviving the CCC could put many unemployed people back to work. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jobless rates have soared in Minnesota and across the country as a result of the pandemic, and conservation groups say bringing back a public works program from the Great Depression might ease some of the economic pain in 2020 and beyond. The National Wildlife Federation says Con

Organizers with a coalition to protect the Boundary Waters from aquatic invasive species say they fear AIS will continue to spread north toward this group of lakes and tributaries. (Adobe Stock)

ELY, Minn. - Late May signals the start of boating season in Minnesota, which includes one of the world's most well-known wilderness areas. But with the threat of aquatic invasive species, a new coalition is working to protect the Boundary Waters. This collection of lakes in northern Minnesota has

Coal Creek Station, North Dakota's largest coal plant, has been operating since 1979. (mnopedia.org)

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - The Upper Midwest will see a seismic shift in energy production after a Minnesota-based utility announced it will close a coal plant in the Dakotas. Great River Energy, which is Minnesota's second largest electric utility, says it will retire the Coal Creek Station in North Da

Conservation groups hope that any bonding bill this year will include more money to protect Minnesota's natural resources, such as the Mississippi River headwaters. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Earth Day is being observed in non-traditional ways today due to the pandemic. In Minnesota, conservation groups are calling attention to the funding needed to preserve the state's natural resources. Before the pandemic forced waves of layoffs, Minnesota state leaders had been de

In addition to harming shorelines and fish habitats, opponents of wake-surfing say it is disruptive to other people using Minnesota lakes. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is among the states where "wake-surfing" has become a popular water activity. But concerns over its effect on lakes has prompted legislation, which some say won't go far enough. The sport involves someone on a short surfboard riding the wake behind a boat without being

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