News Watch: April 9, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Businesses and Jobs; Conservation; Energy; Environmental Permitting, Fish and Wildlife; Green Living; Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Parks and Trails; Transportation; Water

Agriculture and Food
Albert Lea Tribune: Editorial: Pink slime controversy will hurt farmers
Pioneer Press: The YOU Docs: Worried about arsenic? Look for healthy alternatives to brown rice
Star Tribune: Editorial: Food isn’t any safer without ‘pink slime’

Businesses and Jobs
Finance & Commerce: Sustainable: Green practices save money, conference speakers say

Conservation
TC Daily Planet: Letter: Home sweet home – planet Earth

Energy
AP: Natural gas producers are being forced to scale back as prices fall, storage caverns fill up
Finance & Commerce: Biofuels industry needs a marketing push, panel says
TC Daily Planet: Ethanol, antibiotics and what we don’t know

Environmental Permitting
Alexandria Echo Press: Senator Ingebrigtsen sums up 10th week at Legislature
MPR: Group says House environmental bill rolls back key protections
(MEP member group Conservation Minnesota mentioned)

Fish and Wildlife
Alexandria Echo Press: Capitol Chatter: ‘Wolf is a brother to original man’
Bemidji Pioneer: Lawmakers warned of possible wolf season challenge
Brainerd Dispatch: Minnesota’s eagle population making a comeback
Detroit Lakes Online: At the Capitol Native tribes against proposed wolf hunt
Detroit Lakes Online: Comments sought on northern pike regulations
Duluth News Tribune: Duluth’s Gauthier warns of court challenge over wolf season
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota panels recommend moderate increases in deer herd
Star Tribune: Move up fishing opener? Not all resorters are game

Green Living
TC Daily Planet: Getting to green: How do we make environmental decisions?

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
Brainerd Dispatch: Game & Fish Fund needs license fee increases
(MEP member groups Minnesota Conservation Federation, Minnesota Trout Unlimited and Izaak Walton League of Americn mentioned)

Invasive Species
Detroit Lakes Online: New required AIS stickers available now

Legislature and Administration
TWin Cities Pioneer: What’s in the Minnesota lawmakers’ done column so far?

Parks and Trails
Bemidji Pioneer: Waterfront park redesign kicks off with public meeting
Brainerd Dispatch: Cuyuna Trail conditions ‘superb’ folllowing work day

Transportation
TC Daily Planet: Jefferson Avenue bikeway plan amended in St. Paul city council vote

Water
Alexandria Echo Press: Central Minnesotans’ insistence on protecting water quality heard at Capitol
MinnPost: Plans for more study of White Bear Lake’s low water level

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