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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

About 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A program designed to give access to healthy, affordable food to Minnesotans will run out of funding without reinvestment from the Legislature this year. Health groups are urging lawmakers to renew it. Distance and income are a barrier to food for more than 340,000 Minnesot

About 460,000 Minnesotans receive SNAP food benefits, part of the 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday. (salvationarmynorth.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Organizations that fight hunger in the U.S. are applauding the 2019 Farm Bill, but they point out that millions of Americans will still need to visit food pantries in the coming year. The bill signed by President Donald Trump does not include stricter work requirements for

Minnesota is one of the top recipients of Conservation Stewardship Program funds. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After months of negotiations, Congress has passed the 2018 Farm Bill and it now awaits President Donald Trump's signature. But does the new Farm Bill do enough to fight the impending threat of climate change on farmers? Tara Ritter, senior program associate with the Institu

The Minneapolis Public Schools procured 130,000 pounds of produce from 15 farms in 2017. (wbaa.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell t

Cover-cropping has made inroads with farmers but government funding has lapsed without passage of a new farm bill. (lwvumrr.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - While midterm elections dominate the news, Midwest farmers are left guessing when Congress will pass a new farm bill - or at least extend the current bill. The 2014 bill expired Sept. 30, but some programs such as SNAP food assistance continue until a new bill is in place. Others

One expert says the United States' new trade deal with Mexico and Canada won't do much to help Minnesota dairy farmers, who face overproduction and low prices. (Cedar Summit Farm/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota-based think tank says the United States' new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement is a missed opportunity, especially for small scale dairy farmers and action on climate change. President Donald Trump maintains the United States-Mexico-C

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

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)

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

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