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    PNS Daily News - June 27, 20160 


    We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s rundown including: human kindness shines in the wake of deadly flooding; Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in two new polls; and several injured during a white supremacist rally in California.

Native American Issues

Well pads dot the landscape at the Jonah oil and gas fields in Wyoming. (Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – In a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules, saying that the president overstepped his authority. The judge ruled late Tuesday that the agency needs permission from Congress to ...Read More

The Obama family is visiting Yosemite National Park this weekend, and the Next 100 Coalition is asking him to promote cultural diversity on federal lands. (schick/morguefile)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- President Obama, the First Lady and their daughters are visiting Yosemite National Park this weekend, and a group known as the "Next 100 Coalition" is hoping he'll touch on the need for cultural diversity in managing the nation's public lands. The visit comes ahead ...Read More

New research shows that states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing financial and health benefits across their health care systems. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Unlike South Dakota, states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing benefits across their health care systems, according to a new report. After looking at safety net hospitals and clinics in seven states, researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Familie ...Read More

Advocates for designating the Bears Ears region of Utah as a national monument say opponents are using “dirty tricks” to turn residents of the area against the project. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

MONTICELLO, Utah - Groups advocating national monument status for the Bears Ears region of Utah say opponents are using false information and veiled threats to intimidate local residents. Native American and conservation groups say a well-funded campaign in Southeastern Utah is posting forged fede ...Read More

The first Indian Relay races of the season kicked off in Buffalo, Wyo., this past weekend. (Diana Volk)

BUFFALO, Wyo. - The first Indian Relay Races of the season kicked off in Buffalo, Wyo., this past weekend. Twenty adult teams competed in what has been called America's "first extreme sport," where riders dressed in traditional regalia leap from one moving horse to another along a half-mile track. ...Read More

Bison that have been locally decorated are being placed all around Indiana ahead of the bicentennial celebration. (United Way)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A unique way to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial. The Indiana Association of United Ways is coordinating a Bison-tennial Public Art Project by placing as many locally decorated 5-foot-tall Fiberglas bison in as many of Indiana's 92 counties as possible. Adam Drummond, inter ...Read More

At full strength, a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview would ship 44 million tons of coal overseas each year. (Sam Beebe/Ecotrust)

PASCO, Wash. – Supporters and opponents are gathering in Pasco today for the final public hearing on a massive coal-export terminal in Longview. Meetings were held in Longview and Spokane last week after the release of an environmental impact study by the Washington State Department of Ecolo ...Read More

The Flathead River is part of the watershed covered by the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe's water compact.(skeeze/pixabay)

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION, Mont. -- The water compact between the state of Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes moved one step closer to reality on Thursday as U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced a bill to ratify the agreement. If passed by Congress, it would resolve the tribes' lo ...Read More

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