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PNS Daily Newscast - May 21, 2018 


Giuliani now says the Mueller probe into whether President Trump obstructed the Russian collusion inquiry will end by September. Also on the rundown: Healthcare providers gear up as Trump's new "Gag Rule" targets Planned Parenthood; and some perspective on the administration’s push for Arctic oil.

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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

Funding in the Safe Routes to School proposal would affect nearly 100 schools and 24,000 students. (Pawpaw67/Flicker)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday is National Bike and Walk to School Day, but many Minnesota school children won't be participating because of safety issues. In 2015, about 12,000 children were injured and almost 200 killed while walking or biking, so children’s safety advocates say it's no

Three out of four Minnesotans get their drinking water from groundwater sources, and clean-water advocates say more should be done to protect it from polluted farm runoff. (George Becker/StockSnap)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Environmental groups say clean water is under attack in Minnesota, and this Wednesday, they're planning a peaceful counterattack. Water Action Day is May 2 at the State Capitol, when representatives from more than 30 groups will rally and meet with lawmakers. Among their co

Minnesota calls to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline are currently rerouted to Crisis Connection. (Pinc Floit/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Crisis Connection, which is operated by Canvas Health, has answered Minnesota calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for decades - but says it might stop if it doesn't get some funding from the state. The company had requested almost $1.4 million in state funding last l

The Good Food Access Program helps Minnesota grocery stores, coops and mobile food purveyors get healthy foods to communities that need more of them. (American Heart Association)

STAPLES, Minn. — The name says it all: the Good Food Access Program helps small food retailers reach people in parts of the state with limited access to healthy and affordable foods. The retailers can be mom-and-pop grocery stores, food co-ops or mobile kitchens. Innovation is part of the pl

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

Eric Sannerud (right) and his partner Ben Boo are among the first and biggest hops farmers in Minnesota. (Mighty Axe Farms)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Community food systems are a growing trend in Minnesota - farmers markets are just one example. Erin McKee with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy runs a program that helps schools and day care centers buy from local farmers. She'd like to expand the system, but

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