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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: Public Lands/Wilderness

Organizers with a coalition to protect the Boundary Waters from aquatic invasive species say they fear AIS will continue to spread north toward this group of lakes and tributaries. (Adobe Stock)

ELY, Minn. - Late May signals the start of boating season in Minnesota, which includes one of the world's most well-known wilderness areas. But with the threat of aquatic invasive species, a new coalition is working to protect the Boundary Waters. This collection of lakes in northern Minnesota has

Conservation groups hope that any bonding bill this year will include more money to protect Minnesota's natural resources, such as the Mississippi River headwaters. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Earth Day is being observed in non-traditional ways today due to the pandemic. In Minnesota, conservation groups are calling attention to the funding needed to preserve the state's natural resources. Before the pandemic forced waves of layoffs, Minnesota state leaders had been de

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

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

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

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