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PNS Daily Newscast - November 21, 2017 


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Public News Service - MN: Toxics

The EPA budget affects Minnesota's ability to monitor water quality at its swimming beaches. (Steve Moses/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bipartisan criticism over the Trump administration's ideas for the Environmental Protection Agency has forced several crucial committee hearings to be postponed this week. President Donald Trump has proposed a 30 percent cut to the EPA's budget, steeper cuts than any other

For the first time, the soybean crop in Minnesota this year is as big as the corn crop. (United Soybean Board)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new weed killer could be damaging the crop it's supposed to protect. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's fielding a record number of complaints about the newest version of an herbicide called dicamba. It is designed for use with dicamba-resistant soybean

Protesters say they won't give up their fight to stop the flow of oil through Minnesota and other states. (MN350)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two activists from Seattle who were arrested last fall for trying to shut off the Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota will be back in court next month, but a judge will allow them to appear via telephone. On Oct. 11, the activists attempted to close down the operation near Clea

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

Minnesota environmentalists say an update to the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act could limit the state's own safeguards. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - One step forward, two steps back. That's how some Minnesota environmentalists describe new federal rules on toxic substances that could limit the state's own protections. Congress this week sent a bill to update the Toxic Substances Control Act to President Obama's desk. It's th

Conservation-minded farmers will be testing new software this month to help weigh the benefits of switching to cover crops. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Farmers who are interested in helping with land conservation could soon have a new tool – and it isn't a new piece of hardware. The tool is individually tailored software, designed to help farmers add up the costs and possible financial benefits of converting from tra

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

PHOTO: A new study finds more than half of the frac sand mining companies operating in neighboring Wisconsin are violating regulations or

WINONA, Minn. - A new analysis on the frac sand mining industry in neighboring Wisconsin is being called a "red flag" for Minnesota communities facing similar development. According to Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer of the Land Stewardship Project, 47 frac sand companies currently operating in Wisconsin

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