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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20160 


    Turkish officials say the suicide bombers who hit the Istanbul airport were Islamic State terrorists of Russian descent, the Pentagon drops its ban on transgendered people in the military, and if you’re planning to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, we have some tips on how to stay safe.

Public News Service - Montana

A new GMO labeling law in Vermont has led to new labels across the country. (Farny/Morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. – The food at your Fourth of July cookout may now come with a label saying it contains a genetically modified organism, or GMO. That's because a first-of-its-kind law in Vermont takes effect Friday, requiring all GMO foods to say so on the label. Andrew Kimbrell, executive di...Read More

Public News Service - MT

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal of Montana's restrictive 2011 Medical Marijuana Law (SB 423), which will now go into effect Aug. 31. (growweedeasy/morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana medical marijuana advocates say they are unbowed, even after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected their appeal on Monday, leaving dispensaries one step closer to shutting down. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association, or MTCIA, had asked the high court to overturn a ruli...Read More

Public News Service - MT

Workers install a new solar panel array at the

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The state's first trailblazing uber-green building -- the first to achieve LEED Platinum status -- is turning 10 and getting a new 24-kilowatt solar array to celebrate. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and Platinum is the highest certification awarde...Read More

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Gov. Steve Bullock presents his Montana Energy Plan at the University of Montana in Missoula on Wednesday. (Office of the Governor)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Renewable energy advocates are praising Gov. Steve Bullock's new energy plan, which lays out a number of strategies to increase Montana's market for solar and wind projects. The governor promoted his plan Wednesday at a panel discussion at the University of Montana in Misso...Read More

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A federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules. (jwigley/Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. – 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 reg...Read More

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Clean-elections advocates meet in Missoula on Thursday to promote an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.(cohdra/morguefile)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Advocates for clean elections are gathering in Missoula Thursday night to strategize on how to get big money out of politics as part of a campaign promoting a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would declare that corporations are not people and therefore thei...Read More

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Gas flares on Pat Wilson's cattle ranch near Bainville, Mont. (Caitlyn Cromwell)

BANEVILLE, Mont. - More than 6,000 Montanans live within a half-mile of the state's almost 9,800 oil and gas facilities, according to a new mapping tool released this week. Two nonprofit groups, Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force, are behind the website, Oil and Gas Threat Map. It pinpoints loc...Read More

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A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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