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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

In Minnesota, state authorities say more than 1,700 pounds of meth was seized by police last year, a nearly 50% increase over 2018. (Adobe Stock).

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is seeing an increase in methamphetamine activity, a drug that was viewed as a major problem 20 years ago. A research group says boosting access to mental health care might stop the drug's comeback. The opioid crisis has commanded the attention of law enforcement and

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and his department have faced several lawsuits over a rollback of regulations for pork processing plants. (USDA.gov)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal lawsuit was filed this week over recent changes to how safety inspections are handled at pork processing plants. It follows a separate federal suit filed in Minnesota last fall. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revised how inspections are handled at slaugh

Last year, Wisconsin-based Shopko announced plans to close its remaining 120 stores, which left many small towns with a bleak shopping scene.(jade/Morguefile)

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ROSEAU, Minn. -- Small towns in Minnesota are scrambling to fill the void left by national chain stores pulling out of rural areas. Unlike in urban areas, there are fewer options for rural consumers when a retailer shuts down. The impact of losing chain stores was especially felt when Shopko, whic

Minnesota officials say more flood damage is occurring beyond the typical mapped high-risk areas, resulting in more property damage. (ci.austin.mn.gov)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new report says local governments in Minnesota and elsewhere should be more proactive in buying up undeveloped flood-prone land. Researchers say that would be more cost effective than spending money on flood recovery. The study was co-authored by The Nature Conservancy in Minne

A new report calls it 'imperative' that the federal government help farmers improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gases and maximize energy conservation. (Earl53/Morguefile)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extreme rain events and wide swings in temperatures are just some of the climate-change threats facing Minnesota farmers. And their advocates say federal policymakers need to do more to make sure farmers are protected from crop losses caused by changing weather patterns. Th

Minnesota's Regional Conservation Partnership Program gives farmers a financial incentive to prevent polluted runoff into rivers, streams and lakes.  (kconnors)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Thanks to renewed funding, Minnesota farmers will continue to see rewards for steps they take to control pollution and minimize runoff from their land into local waterways. A statewide voluntary program that offers landowners financial incentives for reducing pollution has r

A rural climate dialogue took place in Redwood County, Minn., where wind energy development could soon be coming. (Annie Pottorff/Jefferson Center)

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REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. – Minnesota's Redwood County hosted a dialogue on the effects of potential wind energy development in the community. A newly-released report examines takeaways from the event. Last month, 18 county residents heard from four local speakers over three days, and identified

The United States lost nearly 3,000 dairy farms in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (MGBJAY/Flickr)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Midwestern family farmers are in Washington, D.C., today to discuss the farm crisis and what they see as potential harm from the replacement deal for the North American Free Trade Agreement. The squeeze on farmers has tightened in recent years, with net farm incomes down by

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