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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Energy Policy

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Canadian-based Enbridge energy wants to replace its existing oil pipeline that runs across northern Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Opponents of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota say they plan to take legal action in the coming weeks after the project received a round of approval from state regulators. The pipeline would replace an existing line and would transport twice as much oil, a conce

Conservation groups say the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota could have the environmental impact of 50 coal plants. They're concerned that weakening federal environmental review could bring more projects. (mn350.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Conservation groups are pledging to push back against a new Trump administration proposal that calls for scaling back environmental review of large projects. They say states like Minnesota could see harmful effects. The group Defenders of Wildlife warns the plan would rapidly acc

Minnesota already has met its goal of using 25% renewable energy by 2025. But advocates want the state to be carbon free by 2050. (SDRandCo/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Supporters of a statewide clean-energy policy for Minnesota have renewed hope that such a plan will pass; that's because a key GOP lawmaker no longer opposes it. In 2019, Gov. Tim Walz pushed a plan that called on utilities to be carbon free by 2050. That bill ultimately failed.

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