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    PNS Daily News - April 2, 20150 

    A variety of issues from coast to coast including; Arkansas lawmakers being sent back to the drawing board on their religious freedom bill; California clamps down on water usage, but neighboring states pass on restrictions; and Autism Awareness Month highlights the dangers of wandering.

Public News Service - Montana

PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: National Agricultural Library

HELENA, Mont. - Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in big cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. That characterizes much of Montana. Jon Bailey, with the...Read More

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PHOTO: Medicare is marking is 49th anniversary. More than 167,000 Montanans use the program. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Medicare is marking its 49th anniversary. It's a program used by more than 167,000 Montanans, most of them seniors, and it's also a program that Congress is looking at changing because of expenses. Sam Burnett, a volunteer educator with the National Committee to Preserve So...Read More

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PHOTO: Legislation sponsored by Senator Jon Tester that would make it easier for energy companies to lease public lands for renewable energy projects will receive hearings in both the U.S. House and Senate Tuesday. Photo credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

MISSOULA, Mont. - A month ago, backers of legislation designed to make it easier for wind and solar energy companies to lease public land for projects were worried the bills wouldn't receive hearings any time soon. But the proposals are on the calendar Tuesday before committees in both the Senate an...Read More

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PHOTO: A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair mark...Read More

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PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a...Read More

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PHOTO: A 'moth sheet' can be set up by anyone as a way to observe moth species. It's National Moth Week, and researchers are looking for white-lined sphinx moths in Montana. Photo courtesy of

DRUMMOND, Mont. - Student researchers from California's La Verne University are conducting studies under the darkness of the northwestern Montana night. They're tracking the white-lined sphinx month, commonly known to as the 'hummingbird moth.' Their work is being highlighted for National Moth Week,...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Montana has improved in making sure low-income children are served healthy meals when school lunchroom is closed. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

HELENA, Mont. – Summertime shouldn't be hunger time. That's the push this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage children to pick up nutritious food at sites around the state. The Montana Summer Food Service Program offers meal sites around the state, targeting low-incom...Read More

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PHOTO: Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana are co-sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment giving Congress and the states control of political campaign spending. A committee vote is expected Thursday. Photos courtesy of Senator Tester and Senator Walsh's offices.

HELENA, Mont. - Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh are cosponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment that would give control over political campaign spending to Congress and the states. Senate Joint Resolution 19 is expected to be voted on Thursday in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Jonah ...Read More

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