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    PNS Daily News - March 2, 20150 


    We’re featuring stories on several topics including: retailers feeling the pressure after Wal-Mart’s wage increase; nuclear waste clean-up concerns in Idaho; and why a good night’s sleep is just a dream for many Americans.

Public News Service - Montana

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

Public News Service - MT

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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PHOTO: Fifty Montanans are expected at the State Capitol today for a rally to show displeasure with legislative plans to look at transferring federal public lands to state control. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans loaded on to buses early this morning to attend a rally today at the State Capitol to show displeasure with legislative actions to try to transfer national public lands to state control. A petition will be presented to Gov. Steve Bullock with more than 3,000 signatu...Read More

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PHOTO: Those new to agriculture will learn about funding, land-management practices and new trends and markets at the Montana Farmers Union Young Producers Conference in Missoula. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - The next generation of farmers and ranchers, as well as those who want to get into agriculture, are gathering in Missoula today and through the weekend for the Montana Farmers Union's "Young Producers Conference." The biggest obstacle is funding, especially for land, said Justin L...Read More

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PHOTO: There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner to show support preservation of bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's about "buff-love" for Valentine's Day in Montana. That's how organizers characterize a week of action to raise awareness about wild buffalo - also called bison. There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner. Stephany Seay, media coordinator with the Buffalo Field...Read More

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PHOTO: Faster and more abundant broadband Internet service could be extended to rural areas, should a proposal from FCC chair Tom Wheeler ensuring "net neutrality" come to pass. Photo credit: Daniel Friesenecker/Pixabay.

HELENA, Mont. - High-speed, broadband Internet would be classified as a utility under a proposal expected later this month from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC chair Tom Wheeler outlined the plan Wednesday, saying the regulations are needed to keep service providers from blocking a...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Federal coal royalties are being reviewed, and changes could mean millions more for Montana according to a new Headwaters Economics report. Graphic courtesy of Headwaters Economics.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is considering changes, and a report released today by Headwaters Economics looks at what that might mean for Montana and other coal states. Report author Mark Haggerty said the...Read More

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