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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

Rural Minnesotans, including farmers, are in St. Paul today, discussing their priorities in how local policymakers are responding to climate change. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – How will Minnesota's rural communities weather climate change in the coming years? That's the big question behind the final session of a state-level meeting in St. Paul today. State agencies and residents are talking about how Minnesota's rural communities already are being

Minnesota has taken the lead in protecting pollinating insects from harmful pesticides, which environmentalists say will benefit the country's agriculture system. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is being called a leader when it comes to restricting the use of pesticides that environmentalists say hurt bees. Governor Mark Dayton has ordered the broadest restrictions in the country on the use chemicals known as neonicotinoids. Studies show the chemicals are harm

Minnesota residents still have time to weigh in on a federal plan to help install more wind and solar projects in rural and low-income areas. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Just a few days remain for people to weigh in on a federal plan to help install more renewable energy in low-income and rural communities, in Minnesota and across the country. It's called the Clean Energy Incentive Program, or CEIP. Local supporters say the voluntary project will

The Minnesota Farmers Union is concerned that the new federal GMO labeling law may create confusion for some consumers. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - President Obama signed a new law requiring the labeling of genetically modified ingredients in food, but some Minnesota food producers believe the law's a mixed bag. While the new GMO labeling law was largely supported by the food industry, the Minnesota Farmers Union has concerns

As milk and dairy feed prices drop, experts said Minnesota dairy farmers need better protections against market fluctuations. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Many Minnesota dairy farmers are having a hard time adjusting to falling milk prices, and the state's farmers union said a revised federal insurance plan isn't helping. Farmers signed up for the Dairy Margin Protection Program - or MPP - to protect them from fluctuating dif

Farmers Luke and Liana Tessum graduated from the 2006-2007 Farm Beginnings course, where they learned about business and marketing as well as sustainable farming practices. (Land Stewardship Project)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the average age of Minnesota's farmers continues to trend toward retirement, a longtime program is helping the next crop of young farmers. New faces are much needed in the industry, according to the Land Stewardship Project, a sustainable-agriculture support group. It holds a "

More than 80 of Minnesota's farmers markets are helping Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars go further this summer. (Hunger Solutions Minnesota)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The last of Minnesota's summer farmers markets will be opening this month, and anti-hunger advocates say the state's Market Bucks program is helping people's money go further this season. For anyone who's using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Minneso

Minnesota non-profit groups are helping to provide free food and school supplies to hundreds of migrant families working in the state for the summer. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hundreds of migrant students and families will soon be getting help with food and school supplies from a group of charity-minded Minnesotans. Over the weekend, volunteers and non-profit group employees packed up the supplies, which, over the next few weeks, will be delivere

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