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PNS Daily News - November 21, 2019 


Sondland confirms a Ukraine quid pro quo; $1.5 trillion on the line for states in the 2020 Census Count; and time's almost up to weigh-in on proposed SNAP cuts.

2020Talks - November 21, 2019 


Last night, ten candidates took the stage for a more civil debate than we've seen so far this cycle to talk about issues from climate change to corruption in politics - but there were some tense moments.

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Public News Service - MN: Environment

This year's national Democracy Convention is Aug. 2-6 in the Twin Cities. (democracyconvention.org)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A diverse group of activists, organizers, artists, educators, students and elected officials from around the U.S. is gearing up for the 2017 Democracy Convention, being held in the Twin Cities next week. It's the third annual event, and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director with

A coalition of environmental groups is asking the governor to reject legislation they say will hurt Minnesota's great outdoors. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Environmental groups in Minnesota say this legislative session was full of cutbacks and rollbacks that will have a detrimental effect on the great outdoors. They've sent letters to Gov. Mark Dayton asking him to veto some bills, including the Jobs Growth and Energy Affordabil

Rural Minnesota farmers worry they'll suffer under a plan by the nation's new Secretary of Agriculture and President Trump's proposed budget. (usda.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Advocates for rural America are scrutinizing a plan by new U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and say it puts agribusiness ahead of small farmers and rural communities. Just two weeks into the job, Perdue announced a major reorganization to expand the role of t

Minnesota's share in a settlement with Volkswagen is $47 million. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates say lawmakers in Minnesota may be jeopardizing nearly a half billion dollars the state is set to receive in an environmental settlement. Volkswagen lost a court battle that revealed it violated the Clean Air Act over so-called "cheater vehicles" that had software

Most of the trash along the Great Lakes is the result of human activity, and the job is often left to volunteers to pick it up. (NOAA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Conservation groups are hoping the momentum from Earth Day continues into the rest of the year. Around the country this weekend, people recycled, planted trees, and picked up litter – and some spent the day cleaning up beaches. Stephanie Smith, vice president of ope

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

Members of Congress have been hearing from those who don't want to see an end to cleanup from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. (NOAA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Congress has been getting an earful over the past few days about President Trump's plan to gut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Groups representing the Great Lakes states have been descending on Washington to push back against huge cuts planned for environmental programs.

A couple of two new community solar gardens have gone online in Minnesota. (mnipl.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota's solar capacity has gotten a boost with the launch in December of a couple of community solar gardens at wastewater treatment plants in the Twin Cities. A five-megawatt solar garden powered up Dec. 14 in Empire Township, and a three-megawatt garden went online Dec. 1

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