PNS Daily Newscast - May 27, 2020 

Four Minneapolis police officers fired following the death of a black man; and a federal lawsuit claims New Yorkers with disabilities excluded from expanded absentee ballot plan.

2020Talks - May 27, 2020 

Republican governors in Georgia and Florida offer their states as alternatives to North Carolina, after President Trump expresses impatience about talks of a more limited Republican National Convention because of the pandemic.

Public News Service - MN: Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOTO: A new poll finds 63% of Minnesota voters support closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to help prevent the spread of the invasive Asian carp. CREDIT: LouisvilleUSACE

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the invasive Asian carp on the move north, a majority of Minnesotans want aggressive action now to protect the state's more than 10,000 lakes, rivers and streams. One option for protection would come in the form of closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on th

PHOTO: Congress is considering legislation that would cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by nearly 80%. Opponents of the cuts say the GLRI is producing results, but much work remains. Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Advocates across the Great Lakes region want the U.S. House to reject a bill now working its way through the committee process that would cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by nearly 80 percent. Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lake

PHOTO: American Rivers has named the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness among America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013, citing a proposed copper nickel mine at a popular entry point. CREDIT: Chad Fennell

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The jewel of Minnesota's natural resources and tourism industry is also among America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2013." The group American Rivers says the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is being threatened by a proposed copper and nickel mine near a popular entry point.

PHOTO: The White House has proposed $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, for a wide range of restoration, cleanup and protection projects. CREDIT: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Great Lakes restoration efforts are producing results, advocates say, and proposed funding for 2014 will help continue that work. The Obama administration is requesting $300 million for the initiative. Chad Lord, policy director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, sai

IMAGE: The Winona County Board will vote March 5th on whether to order an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Dabelstein and Yoder frac sand mines. Courtesy of Winona County

WINONA, Minn. - In what could set a precedent for future frack sand mining across Minnesota, the Winona County Board will soon decide whether to order an Environmental Impact Statement on two proposed mines there, in southeastern Minnesota. Frack sand is used in the process of hydraulic fracturing,

PHOTO: An emerald ash borer Photo credit: USDA

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the state fair ended and cooler temperatures in the forecast, folks across Minnesota who will soon be rounding up firewood are being urged to "keep it local" to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer. Transporting firewood is one of the ways the destructive beetle gets arou

ST. PAUL, Minn. A state House committee is expected to act today on a bill which pits development against local control. Supporters of House File 389 say it will keep local governments from stalling major development projects, but opponents claim it will weaken local government control over such pr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Congress considers two pieces of legislation which would affect ozone pollution control, mainly delaying implementation of rules on the grounds that they're too costly to industry, skies are becoming hazier at many national parks. Many parks are reporting ozone levels above the

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