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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - MN: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

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

A leading conservation group says Minnesota has a number of landscapes that could help plant and animal species thrive despite the threat of climate change. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Scientists are sounding the alarm over how climate change is affecting certain habitats, but some Minnesota landscapes could serve as safe havens for plants and animals. For years, the Nature Conservancy has been evaluating which parts of the country could thrive for certain spec

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says transportation is the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials will soon will kick off another public comment period for proposed auto emission standards. The state is hopeful legal decisions and strong opposition won't kill the plan. Last fall, Gov. Tim Walz announced his Clean Cars initiative, which would require the a

Minnesota already has met its goal of using 25% renewable energy by 2025. But advocates want the state to be carbon free by 2050. (SDRandCo/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Supporters of a statewide clean-energy policy for Minnesota have renewed hope that such a plan will pass; that's because a key GOP lawmaker no longer opposes it. In 2019, Gov. Tim Walz pushed a plan that called on utilities to be carbon free by 2050. That bill ultimately failed.

Minnesota officials say more flood damage is occurring beyond the typical mapped high-risk areas, resulting in more property damage. (ci.austin.mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new report says local governments in Minnesota and elsewhere should be more proactive in buying up undeveloped flood-prone land. Researchers say that would be more cost effective than spending money on flood recovery. The study was co-authored by The Nature Conservancy in Minne

A new report calls it 'imperative' that the federal government help farmers improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gases and maximize energy conservation. (Earl53/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extreme rain events and wide swings in temperatures are just some of the climate-change threats facing Minnesota farmers. And their advocates say federal policymakers need to do more to make sure farmers are protected from crop losses caused by changing weather patterns. Th

Audubon Minnesota wants more people to monitor bird species like the loon as they try to protect them from the possibility of extinction. (National Park Service)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The group responsible for annual bird counts in Minnesota hopes more volunteers will take part and fan out across the state this December. This year's survey comes on the heels of a new report predicting the effects of climate change will make it hard for certain birds to sur

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