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PNS Daily Newscast - July 16, 2019 


House Democrats prepare for vote condemning Trump's attacks on progressive freshman women. Also on our Tuesday rundown: Immigrants’ rights groups slam asylum rules that take effect today. Plus, summer meals aim to prevent kids' academic slide.

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Public News Service - MN: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

The rusty patched bumblebee, Minnesota's new official state bee, has lost 90% of its historical range and experienced a dramatic population decline. (Paloma Ayala/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – One out of every three bites of food you eat is dependent on pollinators doing their jobs – and threats to those pollinators are at an all-time high. About 400 native pollinator species live in Minnesota, including the rusty patched bumblebee, recently named the offi

Chippewa National Forest is one of many recreational sites in Minnesota that has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund set to expire in six weeks without action from Congress. (health.state.mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A program that has contributed to America's outdoor recreation opportunities and helped conserve public lands for a half century is six weeks away from expiration. Congress must act before Sept. 30 if the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to be preserved. The fund acces

The repair costs to update aging infrastructure at Minnesota's national park sites, including Voyageurs, is estimated at $17 million. (wildernessinquiry.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Filling potholes, fixing restrooms, repairing visitor centers, maintaining trails and campgrounds - that's just a sampling of improvements that could be made if Congress can pass the "Restore Our Parks Act." A nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog extends across more than 40

Tettegouche State Park is considered a highly resilient area in a changing climate. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With climate change becoming a larger and larger headline, many wonder what their part of the Midwestern landscape could look like in 20 years. A new study by The Nature Conservancy aims to answer some of those questions and show what can be done to help areas adapt. Meredi

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MINNEAPOLIS — There have been at least four incidents of animals, people or both falling through ice and needing rescue in Minnesota communities in recent days. In one case, a dog ran out onto a lake in Lino Lakes, broke through, and its owner ran after the dog and also fell in. In the Twin

PolyMet Mining says its NorthMet mine would be dug 700 feet below ground, which critics say also poses potential threats to water quality. (PolyMet)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – What could be the final public comment period is open on a proposal for PolyMet to mine copper, nickel and other precious metals in Hoyt Lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued a draft permit on Friday that details conditions under which the mine would o

Goats were used to thin buckthorn and other invasive plants in both Minneapolis and St. Paul this year. (Sam Greenhalgh/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Goats are catching on as an effective and sustainable alternative to chemicals for controlling buckthorn and other fast-growing invasive plants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started using the animals on steep hillsides in state parks. Farmers, cities and towns

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