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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - MN: Environmental Justice

Canada-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. That has prompted strong opposition from Native American and environmental groups. (Adobe Stock)

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld approvals of permits for the Line 3 oil pipeline. The move is seen as a win for Enbridge Energy, the company behind the project, but tribal activists opposed to the effort say they'll keep fighting. In a 2-to-1 decision, the court sai

Canada-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. That has prompted strong opposition from Native American and environmental groups. (Ron Turney/IEN)

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Scores of protesters have gathered in northern Minnesota in hopes of halting the Line 3 oil pipeline project. Native American activists and their allies want to stop construction as the work nears a final phase. In what's being billed as a Treaty People Gathering, opponents this w

In addition to tens of thousands of lead water-service lines, Minnesota officials estimate 675,000 homes still have lead in plumbing or fixtures. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota isn't alone in dealing with lead pipe issues affecting water quality. A bill that has resurfaced in Congress aims to give all states the ability to replace these lines. Tuesday, a U.S. House committee hears testimony on what is sometimes known as the " Get the Lead Ou

PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota had been under review for more than a decade before it became ensnared in a legal fight over permits and hearings. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Environmental advocates say they're breathing a temporary sigh of relief after the Minnesota Supreme Court weighed in on a controversial mining project, but the company involved said the ruling benefits their case as well. At issue is the proposed PolyMet project, which would be

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

The Nature Conservancy says natural solutions, such as trees capturing carbon, can play a role in Minnesota trying to get back on track in reducing emissions. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota is struggling to meet emission reduction goals set more than a decade ago. But the authors of a new report issued today suggest a tool that could provide a boost should be getting more attention. They claim the solution involves natural areas. The Nature Conservancy's find

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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.

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