PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 

Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - MN: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

STILLWATER, Minn. - Opponents of a new four-lane bridge to span the St. Croix River at Stillwater say a crossing that large isn't needed. The scale and scope are too much, says Bill Neuendorf, director of policy and advocacy for Transit for Livable Communities, and so is the bridge's $690 million

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - Some of Minnesota's treasured natural resources could benefit from President Obama's just-released final version of the America's Great Outdoors initiative. Unveiled after months of public hearings in Minnesota and around the country, the plan outlines goals for improving lan

MINNEAPOLIS - The future of the documentary film "Troubled Waters" is no longer murky. After drawing public criticism this week for canceling the film's screening based on questions of science and balance, the University of Minnesota abruptly announced late yesterday that the film will be shown as o

LEECH LAKE, Minn. - As Congress debates a response to the BP oil spill, a new report from the National Wildlife Federation details a full decade of oil spills, gas leaks and other disasters involving fossil fuels across the country, including several incidents in Minnesota. Report author Tim Warman

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