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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 - WI: Rural/Farming

The authors of a new bill, Wisconsin legislators from both parties, say their goal is to pave the way for returning veterans to succeed. (leekins/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – A brand new piece of legislation, known as the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017, has just been introduced, seeking to help returning veterans interested in production agriculture get a start. The authors of the bill include two Democrats and two Republicans, who say everyo

What to do with nearly 1 million pounds of milk a day is a critical question for a group of Wisconsin dairy farmers. (RGtimeline/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – As the May 1 deadline approaches, dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers still are looking for a buyer for 800,000 thousand to 1 million pounds of milk a day. A decision by Canada to shut down ultra-filtered milk trade from U.S. producers has left the farmers with a very short tim

High-capacity wells already have caused some Wisconsin lakes and streams to dry up. A bill to grant permanent licenses for such wells is meeting opposition. (edolzan/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - A bill that would loosen regulations on high-capacity wells in Wisconsin again has passed the state Senate and now advances to the state Assembly, where a similar bill died last year. Senate Bill 76 essentially would allow high-capacity well permits to be issued permanently. The bil

Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, including in Wisconsin, according to a new study. (ivandzyuba/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants pumping out more than 500 million gallons of ethanol each year. But a new study shows a strong tie between ethanol production and the destruction of wildlife habitat. Environmental Protection Agency rule

Protecting Wisconsin's water will be one of the principal topics at a gathering in Madison next week. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Each year in early spring, scores of conservationists, hunters, fishers and public-health officials gather in Madison for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' annual Lobby Day. This year, the gathering is next Wed., Mar. 29. Kerry Schumann, executive director of the s

High-capacity wells are causing lakes and streams in Wisconsin to dry up. (TT/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Opponents of a legislative move (HB 105 and SB 76) to drop a provision that would have strengthened protections for Wisconsin's groundwater say it will pave the way for even more high-capacity wells. Some of these wells draw 100,000 gallons a day from aquifers to provide wate

Farmers are being encouraged to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program. Deadline is Feb. 3. (Jessica Arp)

EAST TROY, Wis. – With the Feb. 3 deadline for applications just a few weeks away, farmers who are interested in enrolling in the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's popular Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are being urged to sign up now. Even if you don't have specific pla

A Wisconsin conservationist looks forward to the challenges 2017 will bring. (Jag_cz/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Looking back on 2016, one of Wisconsin's leading conservationists says some of the best things that happened were proposed laws that didn't pass. The State Legislature debated a number of bills that would have directly impacted a huge number of Wisconsinites, but pushback fro

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