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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - MN: Budget Policy & Priorities

Rural Minnesota farmers worry they'll suffer under a plan by the nation's new Secretary of Agriculture and President Trump's proposed budget. (usda.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Advocates for rural America are scrutinizing a plan by new U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and say it puts agribusiness ahead of small farmers and rural communities. Just two weeks into the job, Perdue announced a major reorganization to expand the role of t

Advocates are hoping lawmakers keep pedestrian and bicycle safety in mind when drafting a transportation plan. (Virginia Carter)

St. Paul, MN - Advocates are pressing lawmakers to keep the health benefits residents receive from biking to work, school and for recreation while debating transportation funding, saying active living is a critical component of improving health outcomes and reducing chronic diseases. Comments from D

Retirees in Minnesota pay taxes on the Social Security benefits they receive. Only a dozen other states tax these benefits. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a budget deadline looming, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders are still working on the framework of an agreement. Sticking points include how much of Minnesota's budget surplus will go to tax cuts, and which specific tax cuts will be included in the final p

Minnesota's share in a settlement with Volkswagen is $47 million. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates say lawmakers in Minnesota may be jeopardizing nearly a half billion dollars the state is set to receive in an environmental settlement. Volkswagen lost a court battle that revealed it violated the Clean Air Act over so-called "cheater vehicles" that had software

Lawmakers in Minnesota are debating funding for early-childhood education programs. (Sierra Neely)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A new in-depth look at children’s access to programs - part of Minnesota's new Early-Childhood Longitudinal Data System - finds that children of color, Native Americans and lower-income children are more likely than their wealthier, white peers to be enrolled in at least on

Lawmakers are hearing this week from residents who say they want clean water. (cleanwateraction.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday is Water Action Day in Minnesota, and a rally is being held at the state Capitol. It includes workshops to help residents learn how to work with their lawmakers to protect natural resources and to learn more about current legislation that's threatening clean water i

Members of Congress have been hearing from those who don't want to see an end to cleanup from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. (NOAA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Congress has been getting an earful over the past few days about President Trump's plan to gut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Groups representing the Great Lakes states have been descending on Washington to push back against huge cuts planned for environmental programs.

Under the Farm to School program children learn early about good nutrition. (iatp.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of public health groups, farmers' organizations, school nutrition advocates and businesses has launched a campaign to pass a statewide Farm to School bill in Minnesota. The legislation (HF 2049 and SF 1657) would reimburse schools for their farm to school progra

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