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    PNS Daily News - October 8, 20150 

    In our coast to coast coverage today we’re highlighting several stories including: President Obama apologizing for a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan, the death penalty is facing a challenge in Montana, and those with serious student loan debt could see some help in Wisconsin.

Public News Service - Montana

PHOTO: Last weekend's oil spill along the Yellowstone River appears to be similar in size to the 2011 spill pictured here, which also affected the Yellowstone River. This spill took months to clean and cost $135 million, but cleanup efforts for the current spill have been hampered because of the frozen river and wintertime conditions. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

GLENDIVE, Mont. - An oil pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River last weekend still is being assessed, but a Bridger Pipeline company spokesman says it's estimated that about 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude spilled into the water upstream of Glendive. Dena Hoff, a member of the Northern Plains Reso...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Montana Legislative committees are taking up three bills that would encourage more local renewable-energy installations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. - Montana Senate and House committees are holding hearings on bills this week that deal with renewable-energy generation at homes and businesses. The bills have bipartisan sponsors, led by Bozeman's Senator Mike Phillips (D) and Representative Art Wittich (R). Sen. Phillips says the l...Read More

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PHOTO: Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Photo credit: Chris Servheen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Bonnie Rice is Northern Rockies senior representative at the Sierra Club, one of the groups that filed t...Read More

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PHOTO: A new poll, conducted by Tulchin Research and sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife, shows that Montanans strongly support efforts to restore wild bison. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. – The idea of wild bison restoration in Montana has strong voter support, according to a new poll by Tulchin Research. Jonathan Proctor is Rockies and Plains program director for the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, which sponsored the pole. He says the results also show t...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: A one-year delay in a decision about whether the greater sage-grouse is listed under the Endangered Species Act has been hotly debated, ever since the extension showed up as a rider in the federal spending bill. Photo credit: Bryant Olsen/Flickr Creative Commons

HELENA, Mont. – The greater sage-grouse is known for its showy display during mating season, and now it's also become a star in the federal spending bill. A rider, or policy provision, was attached to the bill that prevents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the species under th...Read More

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PHOTO: Party planning needs to include sober transportation options. That's the message to Montanans from MADD. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. - Montana is home to the worst drivers. That was the pronouncement of a recent report Car Insurance based its assessment on the state's high percentage of drunk driving-related fatal crashes even though that percentage dropped last year. Jan Withers is national preside...Read More

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PHOTO: AARP Montana is cautioning folks to be aware of the three most common rip-offs this time of year: Online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. Photo credit: Geralt/Pixabay

HELENA, Mont. – The season of giving also brings out the takers – as in scammers and thieves. And AARP Montana is offering tips through the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help people in the state avoid rip-offs, as well as advice on what to do if something seems fishy. Tim Summers, AARP...Read More

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PHOTO: CEOs of a dozen venture capital firms say the solitude and recreation available on public land can be viewed as economic opportunities to attract new business to the West. Photo of Swiftcurrent Lake and Mount Gould in Glacier National Park by David Restivo/National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. - A dozen leaders of venture capital and investment firms say they think the U.S. should be "investing" in protecting more public land. Members of the new Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition say they'll encourage Congress and the president to expand national parks and declare ne...Read More

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