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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: Consumer Issues

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

The MREW conference will teach gardeners how to attract pollinators, among other sustainable practices. (Nic McPhee/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The oldest renewable-energy fair in the country makes its Minnesota debut this weekend. The Wisconsin-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association will have music, food and local beer during three days of workshops and seminars featuring ways to think and act more sustainably.

More than half of Americans don't have adequate access to quality, affordable child care in their neighborhoods, according to a new study. (Tom Reynolds/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's good news and bad in newly released data about the supply of good quality child care. The bad news is 26 percent of Minnesotans live in so-called child care deserts, without sufficient care for the families who need it. The good news is that Minnesota ranks better

A solar farm near Paynesville is one of the state's largest. (Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first subscribers are enrolling in Cooperative Energy Futures, a member-owned group that will access power from five new solar gardens in southern Minnesota. The co-op's mission is to make solar power accessible and affordable for people of all income levels. Brett Benson, o

Leech Lake Tribal College ranks among the top community colleges on multiple national lists, including a new one out this month. (Courtesy Leech Lake Tribal College)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A personal finance website ranks Minnesota's Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake the number one community college in the nation for overall quality. WalletHub looked at price, faculty-student ratio and graduation rates among other factors in its rankings of 728 schools.

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.

Researchers say NAFTA has led to the loss of many U.S. family farms. (Don Graham/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Trump administration reopens talks Wednesday on the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA supporters say it has boosted American farm exports and trade in general among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But critics say it has hurt people in all three countries by rewardin

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

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