News Watch: May 19

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Biofuels, Climate Change, Energy, Invasive Species, Leg & Agency, Oil & Pipelines, Transportation, Water

Agriculture & Food
NPR: Top scientists say GMOs are safe, but they don’t always deliver on promises (In MPR)
Star Tribune: St. Paul’s Frogtown Farm springs into its second year
Star Tribune: National Research Council: GMO foods cause no more health problems than others

Biofuels
Bloomberg News: Biofuel advocates angered by EPA’s quota plans (In Star Tribune)

Climate Change
Chicago Tribune: Protesters seek switch to renewable energy sources featuring MEP member group MN350
CBC News: ‘Sea change’ voyage looks at climate change on Lake Superior
MPR: Special event: The impact of climate change on public health
NWI: UPDATE: 40 arrested during climate change protest featuring MEP member group MN350

Commentary, Mankato Free Press: My View: Global warming is death by corporation

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Report: Engaging members key for co-ops to meet energy challengesfeaturing MEP member group Institute for Local Self Reliance

Commentary, Duluth News Tribune: In response: Minnesota must continue on path to clean, renewable energy cowritten by MEP member groups MPIRG and Sierra Club

Invasive Species
MPR: Mississippi River carp barrier plan snagged by U internal dispute

Leg & Agency
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota budget talks expand from transportation
MinnPost: With time running out, here’s what the Legislature could get done — and what it won’t — on bonding, transportation and taxes
MPR: Dayton takes aim at GOP transportation plan, optimistic on tax, bonding bills
MPR: With 4 days left to work, lawmakers can’t agree on big issues
Star Tribune: At Capitol, House finally releases public works plan but talks on transportation stall
Star Tribune: Minnesota House GOP pitches $947 million for public works projects

Oil & Pipelines
Duluth News Tribune: Lawsuit wants Enbridge pipeline in Michigan shut down
Duluth News Tribune: Department of Commerce to retain position as lead agency in Sandpiper, Line 3 environmental review

Transportation
MinnPost: Raising Minnesota’s license tab fees could be a key component of any transportation deal. Here’s how it would work — and who would pay
MinnPost: Dayton presents two options to break impasse over transportation funding
MPR: Minneapolis group cheers ruling in Southwest light rail lawsuit
MPR: Minnesota House considers transportation
MPR: What happens if there’s no transportation deal?
MPR: House GOP makes new transportation offer
Pioneer Press: Minnesota’s transportation funding debate: What you need to know
Pioneer Press: Mark Dayton’s transportation proposals hit roadblocks
Pioneer Press: Can you go from Amtrak to bike in St. Paul? Intern on U.S. trip finding out
Public News Service: MN mayors pushing for more bike, walking path funding
Star Tribune: Language Line comes to MVTA
Star Tribune: Suit: Southwest light-rail project too noisy for 1,000 residents in Hopkins, Minnetonka
Star Tribune: Judge orders Met Council to hand over Southwest light-rail documents
Star Tribune: Gov. Mark Dayton relents on gas tax; House GOP still says no
Star Tribune: Minnesota House Republicans offer their own road plan, includes $100 million in car tab fees

Commentary, Star Tribune: Counterpoint: Small businesses, in fact, are not on board with Southwest light rail
LTE, Star Tribune: Readers Write (May 19): The Legislature and transportation funding
LTE, Star Tribune: Readers Write (May 18): Xcel Energy, transportation budget

Water
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Great Lakes group backs Waukesha lake water diversion (InDuluth News Tribune)
MinnPost: With Minnesota abstaining, Waukesha’s bid for Great Lakes water moves ahead
MinnPost: Favorable review of Waukesha’s bid for Great Lakes water nears completion
MPR: DNR has concerns with $2B Red River flood diversion project
MPR: Random acts of conservation: Water quality depends on farmers’ willingness, not regulation featuring MEP and member organization Environmental Working Group
MPR: Should farmers or city pay to clean the water? Iowa may decide
MPR: Great Lakes group approves Waukesha’s water request
MPR: On water issues in Minnesota featuring MEP
MPR: Northern Minn.’s St. Louis River comes back to life, but it’s still not in the clear featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
Star Tribune: DNR has concerns over flood diversion
Star Tribune: St. Paul officials, environmentalists clash over restrictions along the Mississippi River featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River

Commentary, Star Tribune: Waukesha water diversion: Take all the time needed to weigh revised plan
Editorial, Duluth News Tribune: Our view: Does Waukesha have a choice?

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