PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MN: Environment

Ann Arbor, MI – An effort to protect Great Lakes waters is one vote away from heading to Congress. Michigan has now joined Minnesota and five other states in ratifying an agreement to ban water diversions. Andy Buchsbaum with the National Wildlife Federation says it's designed to protect a nat

Detroit Lakes, MN – The state's rules on shoreline development could be headed for some renovations of their own. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering upgrading development regulations along Minnesota waterways. After a month of taking public comments, the DNR now begins st

Spring Valley, WI – A series of regional summer seminars gets under way this week for farmers who want to be good land stewards while meeting the increasing consumer preference for organic foods. Eric Hatling with Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) says the training is des

Minneapolis, MN - Harvesting biomass - the shrubs, small trees and branches in a forest - can reduce fire prevention and management costs, offer work for loggers and provide "fuel" for renewable energy, according to new research performed in Minnesota. Don Arnosti, forest program director for the

Bloomington, MN – Could lower fuel prices be in the nation's future? Congress may be considering new legislation this week that would double domestic oil and gas production and lower fuel costs - all without stepping onto controversial land in Alaska. As Lois Norrgard with the Alaska Wilderne

St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Health says it's OK to eat more fish than was previously recommended, even in waters contamination by mercury and PCBs. However, the assessment in the 2008 Fish Consumption Advisory is being questioned. Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesot

Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota stands to gain from the development of more "green jobs." Joshua Low with the Blue Green Alliance says a new study by his organization, published today, calls for putting more public resources into areas that will reduce global warming and speed the transition to a

Minneapolis, MN – A new study by a Minnesota-based agricultural think tank finds the growing use of crops for fuel is having unexpected consequences. Ben Lilliston, with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, explains food production around the world is being expanded to meet the dema

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