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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - MN: Waste Reduction/Recycling

At least 471 U.S. cities have adopted some form of plastic bag ordinance. (pcullum/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minneapolis and Duluth recently entered the fray of U.S. cities either imposing plastic bag fees, or adopting outright bans. One expert who tracks these policies says they could lead to more statewide laws. The two Minnesota ordinances were adopted as fees, because the state Legi

Clancy was a lab/hound mix trained to sniff out mercury in schools. (MPCA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hamline University gave its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Hubbard, who has spent most of her career exposing mercury hazards for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. From 2001 to 2009, Hubbard worked with Clancy the mercury-sniffing dog. Their unique partnersh

More schools are using locally grown food. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

MINNEAPOLIS – October is national Farm-to-School Month. Policymakers in Minnesota have been building the relationship between farmers and K-12 students for about 10 years, and it's paying off. Erin McKee, farm-to-institution director for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says a

Some Minnesota farmers want to see more cover crops used to help the state's water quality. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is holding its first-ever Water Summit this weekend, with Gov. Mark Dayton hosting talks about the serious challenges facing the state's water supplies. One of the big issues that will come up during Saturday's talks is expanding the use of cover crops on Minnesota farms

Solar power advocates are urging Minnesota retailers to use their rooftops for clean energy. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - An environmental group says it's expecting more from Target's plan to set up rooftop solar panels. Target, based in Minneapolis, pledged last year to install panels on 500 of its stores by 2020. But according to a report released today called "Solar on Superstores," the retail

Conservation-minded farmers will be testing new software this month to help weigh the benefits of switching to cover crops. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Farmers who are interested in helping with land conservation could soon have a new tool – and it isn't a new piece of hardware. The tool is individually tailored software, designed to help farmers add up the costs and possible financial benefits of converting from tra

Credit: Tyler Stubenhofer/Flickr<br />

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A growing number of Minnesotans who live in mobile homes are now building a solid foundation for the future by taking ownership of the parks in which they live. Warren Kramer, executive director with the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, says those who live in manufactured hom

PHOTO: Polling shows a majority of Minnesotans want funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure included when lawmakers consider a transportation package in the 2015 Legislature.  Photo credit: Kristin Nador/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new two-year budget will be at the top of the agenda when Minnesota lawmakers reconvene in a few months, but another key target for the session will be transportation. Legislation to be introduced in 2015 will focus on improving the state's crumbling roads and aging bridges. E

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