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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

About 40-million low-income Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. (renewscarborough.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for Minnesota families who face food insecurity are eager to know what the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will look like when Congress passes a 2018 Farm Bill. Formerly known as Food Stamps, SNAP helps puts food on the table for one in eight Minnesotans

Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34, emphasizing the need for awareness during Suicide Prevention Week. (pixabay)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Suicide rates have been on the rise since 1999, and Minnesota is not immune. From 2006 to 2016, the state's suicide rate jumped 40.6 percent. During National Suicide Prevention Week, which continues through Saturday, it's noteworthy that U.S. suicide rates were highest for

The University of Minnesota has developed 27 varieties of apples since 1878, including the popular Honeycrisp apple. (UNM)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota's newest apple debuted at the State Fair this week, with fairgoers more than willing to pay three dollars to taste "First Kiss," the latest apple from the University of Minnesota. UMN has one of three apple-breeding programs in the country and 20 years ago, create

Farmers voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, but many worry the escalating trade dispute will hurt their bottom line. (Pixabay)

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REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — China recently announced additional tariffs on U.S. imports, on the same day Farmers for Free Trade said it's stepping up its campaign to encourage farmers to let President Donald Trump know that tariffs are hurting the agriculture industry. Farmers for Free Trade will

Together, the world's five largest meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gases than BP, ExxonMobil or Shell, says a new report. (Oikeutta eläimille/Flickr)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The world's growing meat and dairy industries are undermining global efforts to combat climate change, according to a new report. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN analyzed greenhouse gas emissions from the world's 35 largest meat and dairy companies,

The Conservation Stewardship Program is the largest federal conservation program by acreage administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (landstewarshipproject.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — With debate over the farm bill expected to resume soon, more than 150 Minnesota farmers and ranchers have asked Rep. Collin Peterson to defend sustainable-agriculture efforts during its final drafting. The letter to Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Co

Minnesota's Market Bucks program is operating at 96 farmers' markets across the state this summer. (health.state.mn.us)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The state's farmers markets are open for the summer, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota reminds families receiving food assistance they can buy twice as much fresh food by using Market Bucks. Minnesota's SNAP beneficiaries who use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards

Soybeans rank third in Minnesota's top agricultural products, behind corn and hogs and ahead of dairy products and cattle. (smallgrains.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Midwest soybean farmers have come to rely on the agricultural system built up around international trade, and are closely watching what proposed tariffs might do to commodities such as soybeans. University of Minnesota agronomist Seth Naeve tracks trade issues and said soyb

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