News Watch: May 4, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Complete Streets; Education; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees; Living Green Expo; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Pollution and Toxins; Transportation; Wetlands

Agriculture and Food
Minnesota 2020: Farm Fresh Fun

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
MinnPost: It’s not all Capitol bickering as governor signs Legacy bill
Outdoor News: Minnesota legacy bill awaits Governor Dayton’s signature
(MEP member group Trust for Public Land mentioned)

Complete Streets
Albert Lea Tribune: Complete streets consider all users

Education
Minnesota Daily: U forestry class uses QR codes on trees to connect with public

Energy
Minnesota 2020: A Tax Credit Worth Extending
Minnesota 2020: Supporting Minnesota Solar

Fish and Wildlife
MPR: Dayton OKs wolf hunt, license increases
(MEP mentioned)
Star Tribune: Paul Austin: Trumpeter Swans Triumph
(Writer is with MEP group Conservation Minnesota)

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
AP: Dayton signs bill to hike Minn. license fees for hunting, fishing
Outdoor News: Minnesota approves hunting and fishing fee hike, wolf hunt
(MEP member group Minnesota Conservation Federation mentioned)
Outdoor News: Walk-in access to Minnesota hunting land to double this fall

Living Green Expo
CBS Minnesota: Living Green Expo At State Fair
Domestic Fuel: Biodiesel Showcased During 2012 Living Green Expo
Minnesota 2020: Help Spread the Green Word
TC Daily Planet: Eastside Food Co-op and Sen Yai Sen Lek at Living Green

Invasive Species
MPR: Judge throws out zebra mussel lawsuit
MPR: New law to fund invasive species research

Legislature and Administration
Politics in Minnesota: The end is near — isn’t it?
Session Daily: Legislators, governor seek deal on taxes, bonding, stadium
TC Daily Planet: Commentary: A failing grade for a failing legislature

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Trust at heart of copper mine debate
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
Northland’s News Center: IRRRB Considering Funding $650,000 for Ellefson Off Highway Expansion
Northland’s News Center: Mining Q&A Draws Hundreds to Duluth
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
WDIO: Split Opinions on Base & Precious Metals Mining
West Central Tribune: Rancher loses lease after he refused to give up opposition to quarry plan

Pollution and Toxins
CBS Minnesota: Cancer Cluster In St. Paul: Correlation Or Coincidence?
MPR: Taconite recycler fined $40K for dust emissions

Transportation
MPR: Bicyclist deaths down, injuries up
North News: Bike safety and storage tips
Star Tribune: Federal funding for bike routes pays off in Twin Cities
TC Daily Planet: Central Corridor Walkability Surveys launch on May 6
TC Daily Planet: Commentary: Kudos to the MnDOT Library!

Wetlands
TC Daiy Planet: Garbage in the rain: Volunteers clean up Kasota Ponds wetlands in St. Paul

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