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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday, May 24th, 20160 


    The head of security for the TSA has been removed from the job. Ten million dollars is going to help landscapes devastated by fire, and a new interactive map will let you know if you live near a park that's been treated with cancer causing herbicides.

Public News Service - Montana

The Stream Protection Rule is being debated in Washington. Credit: pharmshot/iStock

WASHINGTON - The proposed federal Stream Protection Rule is under attack in Washington D.C. It has already been the subject of several congressional hearings and will be heard before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee soon. Mining interests say the rule would do more harm tha...Read More

Public News Service - MT

Medicaid expansion takes effect in Montana by way of the state's Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) plan. Credit: Wavebreak Media/iStockphoto.

HELENA, Mont. – Starting today, tens of thousands of low-income Montanans will qualify for subsidized health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved Montana's Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (H...Read More

Public News Service - MT

The deadline to return ballots is this Tuesday. Credit: svanblar

BILLINGS, Mont. - Tuesday at 8 p.m. is the deadline to return your mail-in ballot for local elections across Montana. If you haven't already mailed it, it's not too late to drop it off at your local county elections office. Theresa Keaveny, executive director of the Montana Conservation Voters Educ...Read More

Public News Service - MT

Coal miner. Credit: joebelanger/iStock

BILLINGS, Mont. - Environmental groups are speaking out about Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's decision to join a lawsuit that would block the "carbon rule" section of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. On Friday, Montana joined 23 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency sayi...Read More

Public News Service - MT

New limits have been placed on the cost of phone calls in prison. Credit: Arnoshwithal/morguefile

WASHINGTON - Phone calls to and from prison inmates in Montana will cost a lot less starting next year, thanks to a decision Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC voted to cap the rates and fees and strongly discouraged the providers' practice of paying commissions to the priso...Read More

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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana announced a bill to attract more teachers to rural schools. Credit: shironosov/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - College students who agree to work in rural schools will be able to get money to pay for their education if a new bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester becomes law. Tester, D-Mont., announced the bill on Thursday at an educational conference in Billings. The senator said he hopes th...Read More

Public News Service - MT

Lethal injection faces a major roadblock in Montana. Credit: davidhills/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - The death penalty is at a stalemate in Montana, after a judge blocked the use of a particular lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Capital punishment remains legal, and while efforts to abolish it have failed, so have efforts to revive it. The judge ruled that pentobarbital cannot be...Read More

Public News Service - MT

Congress allowed funding the the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire. Courtesy: montonawildlife.org

HELENA, Mont. – Down but not out. That's how supporters in Montana size up the battle over the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has a major impact on outdoor recreation in state. Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, says the clock ran out on funding last...Read More

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