News Watch: May 12

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Energy, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Agriculture & Food
MinnPost: ‘Urban farming’ produces little food but lots of social benefits

Climate Change
New York Times: In novel tactic on climate change, citizens sue their governments

Editorial, Mankato Free Press: Our View: Climate and fires: Smoke signals more trouble ahead
LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Devil is in details of Clean Power Plan

Energy
Duluth News Tribune: Allete CEO commits to renewable energy sources
New York Times: Canada fire deals staggering blow to oil sands industry and economy
The Hill: Forecast sees largest growth for renewable energy sources

LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Readers’ view: Speak up for community solar power at grass-roots level
LTE, Mankato Free Press: Mankato should invest in solar energy

Invasive Species
AP: Barrier completed to block Asian carp from Great Lakes (In MPR)
Star Tribune: Zebra mussel enforcement gets new weapon — mandatory education for rule breakers

Oil & Pipelines
City Pages: Enbridge’s oil pipe dream, and the Minnesotans who don’t believe them

Parks & Trails
Star Tribune: Advisory group finalizes $95 million list of ideas for Lakes Harriet and Calhoun
Star Tribune: Bold and new: National parks posters of early 20th century go modern

Pollinators
MPR: Bee colony losses up from last year, study says

Transportation
AP: Transportation debate in focus as budget negotiations begin
Duluth News Tribune: Transportation funding in Minnesota’s legislative headlights
Mankato Free Press: Lawmakers: Transportation deal still up in air
MPR: Light rail cash in limbo as Minnesota lawmakers talk transit
Pioneer Press: Newport’s transit station to get new neighbors
Politics in MN: MN businesses push funding for transit, transportation
Star Tribune: Big business joins final push for $1.79B Southwest light-rail funding
Star Tribune: Legislators hoping for transportation, public-works bill are on edge

Commentary, Mankato Free Press: My View: Compromise on gas tax to fund roads

Water
Atlantic: Who Gets to Drink From the Great Lakes?
Austin Daily Herald: County backs proposal to align water plans
Duluth News Tribune: Effort to name St. Louis River a National Water Trail raises questions
MPR: Who gets the scarce water?
NPR: California governor makes some water restrictions permanent (In MPR)

LTE, Echo Press: LETTER: Need action to protect surface and ground water

Wildlife & Fish
Star Tribune: Government culling of Minnesota’s wolves could place them in greater danger

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