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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2019 


President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. Also on the rundown: South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 


Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - MN: Environment

River flooding is common on the plains of Minnesota, where many communities are seeing heavier rain and more flood-related issues to prepare for. (Mitch/Adobe Stock)

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – State climate officials say Minnesota is seeing more rain than it used to, and that's forcing cities to adapt their planning. According to the Department of Natural Resources' climate office, rainfall events of more than three inches have increased 65% since 2000. Many of

Governor Tim Walz announced the effort to create clean car standards at a press conference on Wednesday. (David Oakes/MN Senate)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz has just declared Minnesota a Clean Car State, and directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Administration to start making rules to limit tailpipe pollution in many cars, and increase the number of electric vehicles sold in the state. The new rules would mimi

Minnesota's West-Central Paper Plains project combines art and nature. (mprnews.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Every U.S. state has its share of invasive species, and in Minnesota, reed canary grass is one of them. But creative people know the common invader can also be turned into something artistic and practical. Artist and Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State Univ

Studies have shown the concentration of pollutants inside a diesel-powered school bus can be 23 to 46 times higher than the safe limit. (electricschoolbuscampaign.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates who want to see cleaner running school buses on the streets are urging residents to let the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency know they want the state's Volkswagen settlement money spent to purchase the buses. Noa Shavit-Lonstein, a policy analyst with the clean

Between 2001 and 2017, the U.S. human footprint nationwide expanded by 24 million acres, with states like North Dakota losing natural habitat primarily to oil and gas expansion. (sarahchristianson/hcn.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. is losing its wild landscape to energy, transportation, agriculture and urbanization at a rate of two football fields per minute, according to new research sounding alarms about what it means for future generations – especially in light of climate change. The

About 90% of U.S. coal plants pollute groundwater with dangerous levels of toxic contaminants from coal ash, according to a study by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. (earthjustice.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday it plans to lift some Obama-era regulations on the use of coal ash. Because it's cheaper, coal ash often is used as a replacement for soil in construction projects, but it's also been found to contaminate water with ar

One of Minnesota's largest and deepest bodies of water, Lake Vermillion is known for its walleye and muskie fishing. (Wikipedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Once known as "the American Siberia," climate change is now bringing warmer winters and more rainfall to Minnesota, and environmental groups say too little is known about how it's affecting the state's bodies of water. Jeff Forester is the executive director of the group Mi

Fees paid by visitors at America's national parks Thursday will help fund President Donald Trump's Fourth of July

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The first ever "Salute to America," being staged by President Donald Trump in Washington this Fourth of July will divert $2.5 million from national parks that already have a $12 billion maintenance backlog. Earlier this year, national parks lost $6 million in fee revenues d

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