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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - MN: Energy Policy

Minnesota has lagged in carbon-emissions goals set by state government, but the region's two largest utilities have announced plans to be carbon-free in the coming decades. (Adobe Stock)

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DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota's second-largest utility has laid out new carbon-emissions goals. The effort is getting praise for helping reduce the industry's impact on climate change, but a key element is drawing some questions. Minnesota Power, which provides electricity in the northeastern part of t

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

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

The Minnesota section of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline has become a flashpoint in the debate over enhancing oil production in the U.S. (caepla.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A large oil pipeline project received renewed support from Minnesota regulators this week. It's just one recent issue that is thrusting the region into the larger debate over fossil fuels. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission denied a request to reconsider its support of the

Coal Creek Station, North Dakota's largest coal plant, has been operating since 1979. (mnopedia.org)

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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - The Upper Midwest will see a seismic shift in energy production after a Minnesota-based utility announced it will close a coal plant in the Dakotas. Great River Energy, which is Minnesota's second largest electric utility, says it will retire the Coal Creek Station in North Da

Minnesota gets about 25% of its electricity from renewable energy, such as solar power. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota saw a dip last year in its number of solar industry jobs, according to a new report from a nonpartisan research group. After seeing gains in 2017 and 2018, Minnesota experienced a nearly 6% decline in solar job growth last year. That finding was included in the annual

Minnesota House Democrats say a portion of the state's budget plan should go toward initiatives that would encourage action on climate change. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Democrats in the Minnesota House want to spend budget surplus money on more immediate climate-change initiatives. Youth activists say the plan highlights their demands for policy action. It would set aside more than $190 million for efforts that supporters say could get reside

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)

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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

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