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PNS Daily Newscast - August 15, 2018 


Closing arguments today in the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Primary Election results; climate change is making summer fun harder to find across the U.S.; and how parents can win the battle between kids' outdoor play and screen time.

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Public News Service - MN: Budget Policy & Priorities

The repair costs to update aging infrastructure at Minnesota's national park sites, including Voyageurs, is estimated at $17 million. (wildernessinquiry.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Filling potholes, fixing restrooms, repairing visitor centers, maintaining trails and campgrounds - that's just a sampling of improvements that could be made if Congress can pass the "Restore Our Parks Act." A nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog extends across more than 40

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

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

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

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 wants to be a model for creating clean energy jobs and a thriving economy, even without U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. (americanmagazine.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is determined to meet carbon-reduction goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, even if the U.S. isn't a partner in the climate accord. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. 13 months ago, citing burdensome financial obligations, even though each country determin

Recent data shows that the federal Farm Bill's subsidy programs paid the same 28,000 farmers $19 billion for 32 straight years. (mnhungerinitiative.org

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Congress works to reauthorize a new farm bill by the end of September, those working to end hunger in the U.S. are encouraged that the latest version would help, not punish, Minnesota's 621,000 residents who use SNAP benefits. The comprehensive bill covers the Supplement

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

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

Farmers in Minnesota count on the Conservation Stewardship Program to help them with conservation projects on almost 13 percent of the state's farmland. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some Minnesota farmers are voicing concerns that one version of the Farm Bill now in Congress would gut a program they say is vital to the state's ag industry. The Conservation Stewardship Program, or CSP, partially offsets the costs of things like cover crops that keep soi

A new report says Minnesota's economic policies have resulted in growth that has outpaced neighboring Wisconsin's in most areas. (Cuksis/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota and Wisconsin have a lot in common in terms of geography, size and culture. But over the past seven years, they've taken drastically different political paths. A new report by the pro-labor Economic Policy Institute says Minnesota's economic growth has far outpaced

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