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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - MN: Water

Members of Minnesota's Youth Environmental Activists program say learning about climate change include its effects on marginalized communities and minorities. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Young climate advocates are trying to get Minnesota lawmakers to pay closer attention to their concerns about the environment, and they're played a role in drafting a bill requiring climate justice to be taught in the classroom. The legislation has input from the Youth Environmen

Starry stonewort, first detected in Minnesota in 2015, is among the aquatic invasive species the state is trying to contain. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As efforts continue to protect Minnesota's vast network of lakes and rivers from invasive species, some proposals to build on the state's response are getting attention. In his new budget plan, Gov. Tim Walz is asking for a slight increase in a watercraft registration fee - round

Canadian-based Enbridge wants to replace its existing oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, extending from North Dakota on the west and into Wisconsin on the east. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Construction could begin very soon to replace a major oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. State regulators gave final permit approval on Monday, despite strong opposition from tribal leaders and environmental groups. Canadian firm Enbridge Energy says its Line 3 pipeline is in d

Youth-centered environmental groups say their generation is greatly concerned about climate change, and policymakers need to take their concerns more seriously. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When Minnesota lawmakers convene for the next regular session in January, the pandemic is likely to top the agenda. But some hope issues such as climate change don't fall out of focus. One group is trying to prevent that by gathering personal stories for all legislators to hear.

The Great Lakes region contains one-fifth of the world's freshwater supply. Environmental groups say that abundance will make states such as Minnesota a high priority for other regions wanting to bolster their dwindling supplies. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been more than a decade since accords were signed to protect the Great Lakes from being targeted by drier parts of the country in need of fresh water. But concerns persist in states such as Minnesota about attempts to ship water elsewhere. About a year ago, the Minnesota Depart

Canadian-based Enbridge wants to replace its existing oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, extending from North Dakota on the west and into Wisconsin on the east. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The proposed Line 3 oil pipeline for northern Minnesota took a big step forward yesterday, renewing concerns among environmental groups. Some key permits won approval, while other aspects of the project are still tied up in court. Both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and t

Wakesurfing requires a large wake behind a boat. A study is underway to determine the possible impact of those big waves, and other recreational boating, on lake and shoreline health in Minnesota.  (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This fall, University of Minnesota researchers will study how regional lakes are being affected by large waves from recreational boating. Groups like Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates have voiced concerns about eroding shorelines and damaged vegetation, and they believe it's co

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota has warmed 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Scientists and clean water advocates say that's having a ripple effect on lakes and rivers, in part through more intense rainstorms. (Adobe Stock)

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WALKER, Minn. -- Minnesota is coming off a streak of extremely hot weather. But year-round, the state is warmer than it used to be, and concerns about rising temperatures and their effect on lakes isn't going away. Researchers at the University of Minnesota said the state is one of the three faste

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