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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - MN: Urban Planning/Transportation

The Twin cities added 2,365 affordable units in 2018, a number that is considered well below the pace to meet current needs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Elected officials and social-service groups are pledging to make affordable housing a priority in the Twin Cities. But one agency says the metro area could see even greater numbers of people needing help with housing. The Metropolitan Council estimates that roughly 250,000 househ

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 376 grants through its Community Challenge Grant program to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states and territories. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Making communities more livable for people of all ages is the goal of a grant program that's looking for Minnesota towns to submit their ideas. Nonprofit groups and government agencies can apply for the livability grants from AARP. The AARP Community Challenge grant progra

A Minnesota program that guides local governments on best ways to

NISSWA, Minn. -- Addressing environmental issues is a debate often seen at the state and federal level. But in Minnesota, local governments are taking it on themselves through an expanding program. The GreenStep Cities initiative is now in its 10th year. It guides cities that want to reduce thei

Conservation groups say the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota could have the environmental impact of 50 coal plants. They're concerned that weakening federal environmental review could bring more projects. (mn350.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Conservation groups are pledging to push back against a new Trump administration proposal that calls for scaling back environmental review of large projects. They say states like Minnesota could see harmful effects. The group Defenders of Wildlife warns the plan would rapidly acc

Minnesota officials say more flood damage is occurring beyond the typical mapped high-risk areas, resulting in more property damage. (ci.austin.mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new report says local governments in Minnesota and elsewhere should be more proactive in buying up undeveloped flood-prone land. Researchers say that would be more cost effective than spending money on flood recovery. The study was co-authored by The Nature Conservancy in Minne

Studies have shown the concentration of pollutants inside a diesel-powered school bus can be 23 to 46 times higher than the safe limit. (electricschoolbuscampaign.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates who want to see cleaner running school buses on the streets are urging residents to let the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency know they want the state's Volkswagen settlement money spent to purchase the buses. Noa Shavit-Lonstein, a policy analyst with the clean

Between 2001 and 2017, the U.S. human footprint nationwide expanded by 24 million acres, with states like North Dakota losing natural habitat primarily to oil and gas expansion. (sarahchristianson/hcn.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. is losing its wild landscape to energy, transportation, agriculture and urbanization at a rate of two football fields per minute, according to new research sounding alarms about what it means for future generations – especially in light of climate change. The

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

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