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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

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A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

PHOTO: A new study finds more than half of the frac sand mining companies operating in neighboring Wisconsin are violating regulations or

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WINONA, Minn. - A new analysis on the frac sand mining industry in neighboring Wisconsin is being called a "red flag" for Minnesota communities facing similar development. According to Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer of the Land Stewardship Project, 47 frac sand companies currently operating in Wisconsin

PHOTO: A coalition of citizens and environmental groups is launching a

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Concerned citizens in Minnesota are urging the fast good giant McDonald's to follow through on a promise to reduce pesticide use in the production of potatoes used to make its French fries. Under pressure from shareholders, McDonald's laid out a plan in 2009 for reduced pes

PHOTO: A report on how Minnesota could work to stem the die-off of bees in recent years was delivered to the state Capitol on Wednesday. CREDIT: Brian Jeffery Beggerly

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BARRETT, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is moving ahead with a review of a class of pesticides that has been linked to the deaths of bees, but some local honey producers want action, not just more studies. Steve Ellis owns the Old Mill Honey Co., Barrett. He said having more infor

PHOTO: Hoping that Congress will commit funding for long-term restoration, hundreds of people who work to keep the Great Lakes healthy gathered this week to share ideas and build relationships. Photo credit: Steve Moses.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 400 advocates from Minnesota and across the region gathered in Milwaukee on Tuesday for the annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference. With pivotal decisions to be made by Congress on the future support for the Great Lakes economy and ecology, they're pushing for full fun

PHOTO: A first-of-its-kind pilot study has found that some garden plants sold as

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Home garden plants that are labeled as "bee friendly" in stores may actually harm and kill bees, according to a new first-of-its-kind pilot study. The testing found that more than half the garden plants purchased at retailers, including some in Minnesota, had been pretreated with

PHOTO: A growing body of science links childhood obesity with certain chemicals that are found in products from food can linings to nonstick cookware. The chemicals can change the cellular pathways, contributing to fat accumulation. CREDIT: Tony Alter

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's common knowledge that eating healthy food and exercising can help people maintain a healthy weight, but there's another factor at play of which many people are unaware: chemicals in the products we buy and use, which can contribute to fat accumulation. According to Kathleen

PHOTO: A Minnesota mom is among the petitioners in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit seeks to force the EPA to reevaluate the potential harms of pesticide drift exposure and then take action accordingly. CREDIT: Magarell

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota mom is among the petitioners in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency. The suit seeks to force the EPA to reevaluate the potential harms of pesticide drift exposure and then take action accordingly. Comments from Linda Wells, associate organizing d

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