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PNS Daily Newscast - December 19, 2018 


A federal judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing after berating him in the courtroom. Also on Wednesday's rundown: The Trump asylum ban could go into effect at midnight; and North Carolina voters demand answers in an election-fraud case.

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Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

Local residents measure the turbidity of Lowery Creek on the Cates Family Farm. (Margaret Krome/Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

SPRING GREEN, Wis. – Wisconsinites are getting their feet wet to find out more about their local streams. The Water Action Volunteers stream monitoring program is training people across the Badger State to become citizen scientists by measuring local bodies of water. About 40 miles west of

Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers are awaiting details of a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico that they hope will help boost business. (Pixabay)<br />

PLYMOUTH, Wis. – The preliminary U.S.-Mexico trade deal announced this week by President Donald Trump is seen as welcome news by Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers, even if they haven’t read the fine print. Mexico and Canada are two of Wisconsin's biggest trading partners, and t

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected lands in Wisconsin such as the North Country National Scenic Trail. (Aaron Carlson/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – As the clock ticks down, conservation groups are calling for the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that's won bipartisan support in the past. Wisconsin has received more than $210 million since the fund was created more than 50 years

Hemp product sales reached $820 million in 2017. (Aleks/Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Industrial hemp farming has come to Wisconsin. State lawmakers passed legislation in November allowing farmers to research production of the crop. Although the federal government still considers hemp a Schedule I controlled substance, hemp doesn't have the psychoactive effe

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources officials say they can't guarantee that deeper wells won't have nitrate issues, or that the wells won't become contaminated with nitrates. (Pixabay)

NECEDAH, Wis. – Residents in Juneau County and southern Wood County already know they're not supposed to drink their well water – but what they don't know is if, or when, that will change. In May, county employees ran tests at 104 homes, mostly in Juneau County, and found 42 percent of

This summer, kids at the Mellowhood Foundation will grow and sell their own line of hot pickles. (Mellowhood Foundation)

MADISON, Wis. – A program aimed at getting young people of color interested in food and agriculture is entering its second year with more knowledge on how to reach them. The Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems or "GULFS" program is a curriculum in southern Wisconsin that helps kids in middle

Weight restrictions have been placed primarily on rural roads in western Wisconsin to meet federal guidelines. (Pixabay)

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Using it as a sign that the country needs to focus attention on its crumbling infrastructure, farmers and truckers are being forced to take longer detours to haul their products because of new weight restrictions on bridges. Wisconsin transportation officials have been re-e

Cover crops are grown for several benefits ranging from protecting and enhancing soil to pest suppression, but a study finds they also can be an income source for carbon credits. (Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

MADISON, Wis. — Cover crops have been around about as long as farming. Among other benefits, cover crops are good for the soil and create a natural barrier against pests. But they could also have another surprising benefit: carbon credits. Cover crops eliminate a surprising amount of carbon

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