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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MN: Animal Welfare

Extreme drought in three states has caused a severe shortage of hay for ranchers and farmers. (Pixabay)

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Drought stricken farmers and ranchers in three states have until August 31 to enter a lottery for badly needed hay. The hay is coming from Midwestern states that have had more rain than the Dakotas and Montana. Over the weekend, a Minnesota trucking company hauled 20 loads f

Minnesota has taken the lead in protecting pollinating insects from harmful pesticides, which environmentalists say will benefit the country's agriculture system. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is being called a leader when it comes to restricting the use of pesticides that environmentalists say hurt bees. Governor Mark Dayton has ordered the broadest restrictions in the country on the use chemicals known as neonicotinoids. Studies show the chemicals are harm

Taxpayers can help protect non-game species, including Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, by making a donation on their state income-tax forms. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many of us are preparing our income taxes, one state agency is reminding Minnesotans there's an easy way to help protect wildlife at tax time. All it takes is checking the box on the state tax form to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, part of the Minnesota Department of

Conservationists say the EPA's new biofuel rules could lead to more croplands encroaching on wildlife habitats. (Sgarton/Morguefile.com)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Some new federal renewable fuel guidelines could be putting some wildlife habitats at risk, especially in the Midwest. The Environmental Protection Agency's recently finalized Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) include incentives for producing more corn ethanol. David DeGenna

The rusty patched bumble bee used to be common in parts of the state, but has seen its population plummet in recent years. Courtesy: Rich Hatfield/The Xerces Society

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Protections could be on the way for a bumblebee that used to be commonly found in parts of Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest, but is now threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a year-long review to determine if an Endangered Species Ac

Another outbreak of avian influenza could hit this fall, after nearly 50-million birds were lost with the spring eruption of the disease. Credit: Bart Sadowski.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the poultry industry in Minnesota and across the Midwest works to rebound from the spring outbreak of avian influenza, there are predictions that another round of the disease will hit this fall. Dale Wiehoff, director of communications for the Institute for Agriculture a

The Animal Rights Coalition wants an end to big-game hunts after the killing of a lion in Africa by a Minnesota big-game hunter. Credit: Matt MacGillivray/Flickr.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Protests are planned today at the office of a Minnesota dentist who has come under fire for hunting down a lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie reportedly spent $50,000 for the big-game hunt, where he killed a lion July 1 after it allegedly had been lured out o

The Simon Lake BioBlitz in west-central Minnesota has volunteers helping to identify plant and animal species to provide guidance on conservation efforts. Credit: Land Stewardship Project.

GLENWOOD, Minn. – Dozens of people are gathering this weekend in west-central Minnesota to learn which plants and animals are living in one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country – and what can be done to help them thrive. The Simon Lake area in Pope County is home to an endan

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