News Watch: May 16

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Agriculture & Food
Star Tribune: Hybrid hazelnuts are growing a Midwest presence

Climate Change
MPR: The Weather Lab with Paul Huttner: Wildfire science and climate refugees

LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Dark money is behind letter denying climate change

Conservation
Star Tribune: Forest in Washington County targeted for conservation protection featuring MEP member group Minnestoa Food Association

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Proposal seeks to speed approvals for Minnesota solar projects featuring MEP member groups Fresh Energy and Environmental Law and Policy Center
Midwest Energy News: Minnesota utility helps small communities reach out on energy
WCCO: Mound View High School flips switch on new solar panels

LTE, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: Cartoon misrepresented benefits of solar power

Pollution
MinnPost: U.S. air pollution better than the global average — but the bar is low

Transportation
Fox 9: Gov. Dayton’s 2 proposals to pay for roads, bridges and transit
MinnPost: Amid legislative standstill over transportation, Dayton steps into new role: dealmaker
MPR: Feds release final environmental review of Southwest light rail
MPR: Dayton makes two offers on transportation funding
MPR: Transportation funding key to getting deal at the Capitol
MPR: House GOP delivers gas tax ultimatum
Pioneer Press: Met Council changes could make or break Minnesota transportation deal
Pioneer Press: Mark Dayton to devise own transportation plan to break impasse
Star Tribune: The Drive: It’s Minneapolis Bike Week
Star Tribune: Southwest light-rail report outlines noise, visual impact in Chain of Lakes corridor
Star Tribune: Transit planners regrouping on Gold Line busway after taking hits
Star Tribune: Gov. Dayton unveils two $6-billion options for transportation funding

Commentary, Star Tribune: Gas tax? User fee? The name could make all the difference
Editorial, Duluth News Tribune: Our View: Getting antsy for a transportation bill
Editorial, Star Tribune: Keep the Twin Cities rolling with a transit build-out

Waste & Recycling
Star Tribune: Hennepin County studies waste habits to turn more trash into treasure

Water
MPR: Trouble in the water: Can Minnesota stop polluting its lakes, rivers?
MPR: American RadioWorks documentary: Thirsty Planet
MPR: German ship owner charged with covering up pollution in Great Lakes

Wildlife & Fish
Duluth News Tribune: Catastrophic bat disease found in Douglas, Iron counties
MPR: On Pelican Lake, a search for muskies, data and understanding
Star Tribune: DNR researchers want to count squirrels. But they’ll have to catch them first

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