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UPDATE: Climate Change Activists Rally at Presidental Speech in St. Paul

Updated: 02/26/2014 3:05 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 7:48 AM KAALtv.com

ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - Climate change activists are rallying in St. Paul to urge President Barack Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
    
The group 350 MN organized the protest Wednesday before Obama's visit to Union Depot.  Activists are protesting how the upsurge in trains transporting crude oil, primarily from North Dakota, is snarling passenger train service.
    
The demonstrators also protested the expanded use of Canadian tar sands oil.
    
Organizer Kate Jacobson says the protesters want Obama to support mass transit to reduce the need for oil.
    
About two dozen people took part in the rally.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Minnesota to announce a competition to encourage job creation and restore infrastructure.
 
The White House says Obama's will visit St. Paul's Union Depot on Wednesday as part of his "Year of Action."
 
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents St. Paul, says Obama will use his visit to Union Depot to talk about the importance of investing in transit and infrastructure. She notes that the building has deteriorated since train service ceased in the early 1970s. But the restored depot is now on its way to becoming a regional transportation hub for buses, light rail and Amtrak.
 
Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plan to rally outside to urge Obama to reject the pipeline and the expanded use of Canadian tar sands oil.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)