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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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PHOTO: More than five-billion pounds of pesticides are applied to land across the U.S. each year and today (Monday) and tomorrow, farmworkers from across the country are in Washington, D.C., demanding greater protections. CREDIT: Andy Powell

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Farm workers from across the nation, including Minnesota, are meeting with members of Congress today and Tuesday, asking for stronger protections for from hazardous pesticides. According to Ernesto Velez, executive director of Centro Campesino of Owatonna, the field workers face

PHOTO: The Traveling Treehouse brings education and activities to child care centers, festivals and housing complexes. CREDIT: Pope County Family Collaborative

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The arrival of summer vacation doesn't mean learning has to stop, and a program in western Minnesota is bringing the classroom to the children. The Traveling Treehouse Mobile Learning Center is a former bus that's been converted into an educational tool. Jeannie Pederson, coordina

PHOTO: A giant mound of mined sand amidst Wisconsin farm fields. CREDIT: Carol Mitchell

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the expansion of frac sand mining in Minnesota and Wisconsin, elected officials are being urged to weigh the pros with the cons before making a decision on proposed projects. Thomas Power, professor emeritus in economics at the University of Montana, has long researche

PHOTO: Three years after filing a petition to get the FDA to pull the approval of animal feed containing arsenic, several advocacy groups have now filed suit. They say the arsenic is not needed to raise animals and poses a public health risk. CREDIT: Norman Ack

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit because it continues to allow arsenic in animal feed given to chickens, turkeys and hogs. The suit was filed on behalf of a handful of advocacy groups, including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. According to

PHOTO: CREDIT: Dwight Sipler

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nanomaterials added to farm fields with fertilizer could threaten soil health, public health, and the food supply, a new report concludes. According to Dr. Steve Suppan, senior policy analyst with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, some fertilizers are now sold claim

PHOTO: American Rivers has named the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness among America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013, citing a proposed copper nickel mine at a popular entry point. CREDIT: Chad Fennell

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The jewel of Minnesota's natural resources and tourism industry is also among America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2013." The group American Rivers says the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is being threatened by a proposed copper and nickel mine near a popular entry point.

PHOTO:  A coalition of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups filed suit Thursday, claiming the EPA allows products - which are highly toxic to honey bees - to get to market with little oversight. CREDIT: Derek Keats

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A lawsuit has been filed against the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming the EPA is not doing enough to protect the nation's declining bee population. The suit was brought by a coalition of beekeepers and environmental groups, including the Pesticide Action Network.

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton will be in Roseau today to talk with local officials and business leaders about the lack of affordable housing for workers in areas of job growth in Minnesota.

ROSEAU, Minn. - Governor Mark Dayton travels to northwest Minnesota today to attend a roundtable on the region's shortage of affordable housing. Some employers in Roseau and Warroad say they're poised for growth, but are limited by the lack of work force housing. Such shortages are an issue in com

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