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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - MN: Toxics

St. Paul, MN - A federal court in Minnesota hears arguments today against a state mining company's bid to overturn a pollution standard that has been in place for three decades. Attorney Kevin Reuther, who represents the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, will argue against the request. "

Minneapolis, MN – A report released today concludes there's a good chance you have toxins in your body that you don't want. A seven-state study that includes Minnesota, found three toxic chemicals used in everyday products in the bodies of everyone tested. Among those who tested positive were

St. Paul, MN – The latest state spot-check finds it's getting more difficult for underage kids to buy cigarettes. Carol Falkowski, of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, says the most recent undercover compliance check of tobacco retailers finds more than 92 percent aren't selling to m

St. Paul, MN – A state law banning smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants, took effect at midnight. State Representative Ken Tschumper cosponsored the new law. "This is the most important public health advancement in the last 40 years in Minnesota. Banning secondhand sm

While state legislators and the governor have their differences over how best to budget, they have agreed on a measure to reduce the use of toxic mercury in everyday products. Carin Skoog is with the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, which supported the bill. “The l

One of the victims of the governor's veto of a $10 billion health bill this week was a provision designed to clean up Minnesota drinking water. Its author is State Rep. Ken Tschumper. “This bill would require the Department of Health to upgrade the drinking water standards on 10 commonly-det

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