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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - MN: Budget Policy & Priorities

Construction of Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 replacement pipeline has already won approval in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Alberta, Canada. (Premier of Alberta/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With high stakes and heated comments reminiscent of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline, supporters and critics of the new Enbridge pipeline through Northern Minnesota are ready to pounce on the final Environmental Impact Statement.

A Rally for Research will be held Saturday on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol. (American Heart Association)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates hope a rally at the State Capitol this weekend will call attention to the importance of medical research. Several nonprofit organizations have stepped up to defend funding for the National Institutes for Health, which President Donald Trump has proposed cutting fo

In the upper Midwest, prices have been down the last few years, but yields have been good. (FranksWorldPics)

MORGAN, Minn. - Only three listening sessions have been scheduled in advance of the new farm bill in Congress, and one of those is Thursday in Morgan, near Redwood Falls. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Minn., is convening the meeting so that House Agriculture Committee chairman Michael Conaway, R-T

The I35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ten years ago today, the I-35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Today, the state Department of Transportation says bridges are in much better shape - in part because legislators recognized a dire need. MNDOT is in the final year of its $2.5 billion, 10-year program to inspe

Advocates hope GOP lawmakers think about who will be impacted before making another attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act. (Victoria Jordan)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Many people who would be hit hardest by cuts to Medicaid worry that their children will suffer if the Affordable Care Act is repealed as promised by President Donald Trump and Republican Party lawmakers, even though that plan failed last week. Lisa Hoffman Wojcik, developme

People age 50 and older are expected to be among those most dramatically affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a new day for the health-care debate in the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie to get senators to take up the repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Some insiders are calling what could come next "skinny repeal," meaning a ver

Republicans still are crafting a plan to end President Barack Obama's landmark health care bill. (whitehouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Families, workers, nurses and people of faith are asking Minnesota legislators what they are doing to protect and expand health care. The Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability has been discussing hardships state residents would face under health

The pay gap in Minnesota between men and women is nearly $10,000 a year, but state lawmakers still opted to close the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. (mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After more than 40 years of service to the state, it's the last week for Minnesota's Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. In the last few days of the legislative session, state lawmakers voted to eliminate all OESW funding and prohibit staffing for the office. Bar

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