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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - Montana

GRAPHIC: Subsidence cracks are one of the reasons landowners have filed a lawsuit against the BLM for granting a 2012 coal lease in Musselshell County. Image credit: Colorado Geological Survey

BILLINGS, Mont. - Coal mining in the Bull Mountains may not be all it's cracked up to be. Cracks in the earth related to mining, called subsidence cracks, are one of the reasons landowners have filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for granting a 2012 coal lease in Musselshell ...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: The National Rural Assembly says potential FCC rule changes to the Internet could be another blow to areas of Montana still waiting for affordable broadband service. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote today on a proposal that could create an Internet fast lane and that has implications for Montana. If the FCC gives the go-ahead, Internet service providers could sell faster Internet speeds to businesses that ...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: The pine siskin commonly is seen in Montana, but its breeding ground is in Canada's boreal forest. A new report argues that protections are needed in Canada. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

HELENA, Mont. - Whether you enjoy bird-watching in the spring or bird-hunting in the fall, a new report says birds are multi-billion-dollar economic drivers, and that protecting them is a project that reaches north into Canada's boreal forest. The Boreal Songbird Initiative says in order to play its...Read More

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PHOTO: The American Lung Association's "State of the Air 2014" report shows Montana faces air-quality problems in part because of forest fires. Coal power plants are another pollution source. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

HELENA, Mont. - It's a story of good news and bad news in the new "State of the Air" report, released today by the American Lung Association. The study found that the nation's air quality overall has worsened in the past few years, with nearly half of everyone living in areas where the air is unhea...Read More

Public News Service - MT

GRAPHIC: Today is Workers Memorial Day, to remember those who lost their lives on the job. In Montana, 34 people died at work in 2012. Graphic courtesy National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

HELENA, Mont. - The list is 34 names long for Workers Memorial Day in Montana today. The annual observance honors those who lost their lives on the job, as well as those who suffered serious injuries. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health makes the case that almost every death coul...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Rallies are being held in 13 Montana communities on Saturday, all designed to encourage support for practices and policies to slow the pace of climate change. Photo credit: Montana Environmental Information Center.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Worries about wildfires, snowpack levels, earlier snowmelt dates and drier summers are uniting Montanans for 13 rallies across the state on Saturday, in a campaign called Montanans for Climate Solutions. Bozeman Deputy Mayor Carson Taylor says there are more than 80 local gov...Read More

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PHOTO: A group of Montana parents has been visiting Walgreens stores around the state this week, asking that the company remove products from store shelves that have been shown to contain toxic chemicals. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Montana parents who also are members of Montana Conservation Voters are asking Walgreens stores around the state to remove products from their shelves that have been shown to contain certain toxic chemicals – confirmed by test results from HealthyStuff.org. "So many chem...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Women from around the state are gathering in Helena today and Saturday for the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute. Photo courtesy of Montana Women Vote.

HELENA, Mont. – Today kicks off the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute in Helena. Women from around the state will be discussing equal pay, domestic and sexual violence, LBGTQ concerns and issues in Indian Country. One workshop will offer advice on how Montana women can learn to ne...Read More

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