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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2019 


Public impeachment hearings in Washington; dreamers protest in Texas; roadless wilderness areas possibly at risk around the country; and an ozone indicating garden, at the North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

2020Talks - November 13, 2019 


Supreme Court hears DACA arguments, and likely will side with the Trump administration, but doesn't take up a gun manufacturer's appeal. Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race; and former President Jimmy Carter recovers from brain surgery.

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Public News Service - MN: Water

Minnesota's Regional Conservation Partnership Program gives farmers a financial incentive to prevent polluted runoff into rivers, streams and lakes.  (kconnors)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Thanks to renewed funding, Minnesota farmers will continue to see rewards for steps they take to control pollution and minimize runoff from their land into local waterways. A statewide voluntary program that offers landowners financial incentives for reducing pollution has r

River flooding is common on the plains of Minnesota, where many communities are seeing heavier rain and more flood-related issues to prepare for. (Mitch/Adobe Stock)

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – State climate officials say Minnesota is seeing more rain than it used to, and that's forcing cities to adapt their planning. According to the Department of Natural Resources' climate office, rainfall events of more than three inches have increased 65% since 2000. Many of

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

About 90% of U.S. coal plants pollute groundwater with dangerous levels of toxic contaminants from coal ash, according to a study by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. (earthjustice.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday it plans to lift some Obama-era regulations on the use of coal ash. Because it's cheaper, coal ash often is used as a replacement for soil in construction projects, but it's also been found to contaminate water with ar

One of Minnesota's largest and deepest bodies of water, Lake Vermillion is known for its walleye and muskie fishing. (Wikipedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Once known as "the American Siberia," climate change is now bringing warmer winters and more rainfall to Minnesota, and environmental groups say too little is known about how it's affecting the state's bodies of water. Jeff Forester is the executive director of the group Mi

Overall, larger and longer-lived fish including northern pike build up the most mercury because they eat many smaller fish that contain mercury. (fws.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A recommended rollback on standards for mercury and other toxic pollutants drew moms, dads and kids to Washington, D.C., last week to publicly denounce the proposal. Mary Lyons, an Ojibwa elder from Minnesota, joined the Moms Clean Air Force at the offices of the Environmen

Cleanup of the St. Louis River is one of the largest environmental projects ever undertaken in Minnesota. (americanrivers.org)

DULUTH, Minn. – The future of the Great Lakes is up for public comment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is crafting the next phase of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Trump administration has recommended dramatic funding cuts for the initiative, so far without success. An

Three out of four Minnesotans get their drinking water from groundwater sources, and clean-water advocates say more should be done to protect it from polluted farm runoff. (George Becker/StockSnap)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Environmental groups say clean water is under attack in Minnesota, and this Wednesday, they're planning a peaceful counterattack. Water Action Day is May 2 at the State Capitol, when representatives from more than 30 groups will rally and meet with lawmakers. Among their co

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