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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Many Americans are scaling back their Thanksgiving plans because of the pandemic. But turkey is still on the menu, and one Minnesota-based producer is facing complaints over its claims the birds come from "family farms." Nonprofit groups have filed a petition with the Federal Trade C

A Minnesota research group says rural and urban parts of the state may be different, but they are growing and changing in many similar ways. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Political debates in Minnesota have included a common component in recent years: noted differences between geographic areas. But new findings from a research group show most parts of the state are seeing similar trends, while dealing with many of the same challenges. Ellen Wolter, r

The EPA says agriculture accounts for nearly 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. That's one reason conservation groups and government agencies have been pushing for more conservation on farms. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- In Minnesota, a new project aims to accelerate the number of farmers who use environmentally friendly methods. A number of states and the federal government offer cost-sharing incentives for adopting farming practices such as cover crops. But some observers say more farms need t

As technology demands pick up during the COVID-19 crisis, broadband advocates say government agencies still need to provide more infrastructure funding to eliminate gaps. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- From distance learning to telemedicine, the pandemic crisis continues to expose gaps in broadband internet access. An effort in Minnesota aims to provide a clearer picture of where customers are being left behind. On its website, the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition offers a

Pollinator-friendly plants, like these growing under a Minnesota solar array owned by Enel Green Power, are increasingly being used to restore bee habitats. (Fresh Energy)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- September is National Honey Month, and while there's still concern over struggling bee populations, a Minnesota project has helped establish a new approach to make these pollinators thrive again. Several groups, including Fresh Energy, have played a role in making Minnesota the first

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota has warmed 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Scientists and clean water advocates say that's having a ripple effect on lakes and rivers, in part through more intense rainstorms. (Adobe Stock)

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WALKER, Minn. -- Minnesota is coming off a streak of extremely hot weather. But year-round, the state is warmer than it used to be, and concerns about rising temperatures and their effect on lakes isn't going away. Researchers at the University of Minnesota said the state is one of the three faste

Minnesota's government has a goal that by 2022, all businesses and homes will have access to high-speed broadband providing minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least 3 mbps.(Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Starting Wednesday, Minnesota public schools will be closed for several days, and more people will work remotely because of coronavirus concerns. That has renewed calls for more broadband internet access in rural areas. The state recently announced additional investments to esta

In addition to Minnesota officials, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has voiced concerns over safety issues in grain bins. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials are calling attention to a recent wave of fatal farm incidents -- and they're urging farmers to take safety precautions when working in grain bins. Gov. Tim Walz has declared this week "Grain Bin Safety Week" in light of several fatalities in Minnesota and acr

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