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    PNS Daily News - March 30, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue their budget battle; Missouri is honoring Vietnam veterans today; and a new study shows parents should think twice before physically punishing their child.

Public News Service - Montana

PHOTO: Billings may be in the heart of farm country, but the region imports between 90 and 95 percent of its food. A farm and food systems expert presents ideas on Tuesday for how local food can become an economic development tool. Photo credit: LifeOfPix.com

BILLINGS, Mont. - Billings may be in the heart of farm country, but the region imports between 90 and 95 percent of its food. Harvard University economics professor Ken Meter, who has helped communities in more than three dozen states set up local food systems, says Billings isn't alone in that st...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report takes an in-depth look at online job postings across the country and finds that Montana is a top state for employment opportunities for college graduates. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. - College graduates searching for jobs in Montana have an easier time than in most states, according to a new report that takes an in-depth look at online job postings across the nation. Montana is listed as 12th-best, and those with degrees in the health-care and technical fields hav...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. He vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns about the impact on development of new renewable projects. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. The governor vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns that the move would a...Read More

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PHOTO: Katie Bangs of Inverness is one of about a dozen Montanans representing the Montana Farmers Union at the National Farmers Union convention this week. Seen here with husband Jeff, she's interested in ways to encourage the next generation of farmers and ranchers, especially women. Photo courtesy of Katie Bangs.

HAVRE, Mont. - Country-of-origin labeling, fair trade policies and encouraging more women and minorities to become farmers and ranchers are among the topics at the National Farmers Union convention, wrapping up today in Wichita, Kansas. Katie Bangs of Inverness is one of about a dozen Montanans rep...Read More

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PHOTO: Greater sage-grouse are among the stars of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference today, where success stories are being shared about preserving their habitat. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation and wildlife management are part the package for working lands. Tying it all together and keeping lands profitable and healthy are lessons being shared at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference this week in Omaha. Natural Resources Conservation Ser...Read More

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PHOTO: Transitioning the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be a contentious time. An expert on successful, and profitable, transitions is offering free workshops in Montana this week. Photo credit: Inspired Images/Pixabay

MISSOULA, Mont. – When it's time to hand down the family farm or ranch to the next generation, it's not always a time of family harmony. An expert on successful transitions is presenting free workshops in Montana this week to help smooth over the rough spots. Andy Junkin says while most fo...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana's congressional delegation has been graded on votes cast related to environmental issues. It's a mixed report card. Photo of the Great Bear Wilderness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's a mixed set of grades for Montana's congressional delegation in a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters. The scoring was based on votes related to environment, energy and public health last year. Sen. Jon Tester and former Sen. John Wals...Read More

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PHOTO: A new measuring tool from the U.S. Census Bureau shows great progress has been made in reducing child poverty rates in Montana. Photo credit: correualbana/Pixabay.com.

MISSOULA, Mont. - There's been a makeover in how to measure poverty in the U.S. and it shows there's been great progress in Montana. In fact, there are 39,000 fewer children in poverty than previously thought according to a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Thale Dillon, dir...Read More

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