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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.

Public News Service - Montana

GRAPHIC: The new CDC National Youth Risk Behavior survey shows 56 percent of Montana teens admit to texting or e-mailing while driving. CREDIT: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HELENA, Mont. - Teens in Montana and throughout the nation were quizzed about their behavior and lifestyle choices for the latest Youth Risk Behavior survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey showed teen smoking has dropped below the target level of 16 percent. But that...Read More

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PHOTO: The possible listing of greater sage-grouse is expected to be one of the tough topics at the Western Governors' Association meeting this week. CREDIT: Bureau of Land Management

HELENA, Mont. - Water scarcity, extreme weather, oil and gas development and endangered species are among the tough topics at the Western Governors' Association meeting this week in Colorado Springs. According to Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, declining population...Read More

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PHOTO: Thousands of new career-track jobs are predicted for Montana if clean-energy investments are made. CREDIT: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Thousands of new career-track jobs are predicted for Montana if clean energy investments are made. A report released Monday details the positions related to solar, wind and energy efficiency, calculating 4,000 new jobs over 20 years. Kyla Maki is the clean-energy director at the Mon...Read More

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PHOTO: The new EPA rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants has been unveiled. Renewable Northwest says the move brings more value to Montana's wind power. Photo courtesy of Deborah C. Smith.

HELENA, Mont. - In the wake of Monday's new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to reduce carbon pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants, Jeff Fox, the Montana Policy Manager at Renewable Northwest, thinks Montana's wind power resources may have just become much more valuable. The U...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: With the growing waistlines of America's youth, hundreds of veterans across the nation are pushing for policies and investments to get young people active and healthy. Photo credit: Joe Goldberg/Flickr

MISSOULA, Mont. – A group of retired military leaders is calling it a matter of national security to improve the health and education of America's children. "Mission: Readiness" is a coalition of some 400 retired generals, admirals and senior military leaders, including retired Brigadier Gene...Read More

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PHOTO: A hunter-angler group, Conservation Hawks, is examining the plans to ship Montana coal to China, and questions local benefits. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BIGFORK, Mont. – Coal company plans to ship Montana coal to China and other overseas markets have raised hackles because of increased train traffic, and now a hunter-angler group is examining the plans through a sportsmen's lens. Todd Tanner, founder of Conservation Hawks, a nonprofit group ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Colstrip has landed on the most dangerous list for coal-ash sites, according to a report released by the Sierra Club and Earthjustice. Graphic from the report.

COLSTRIP, Mont. – Colstrip has landed on the most dangerous list for coal-ash sites, according to a report released by the Sierra Club and the public interest law organization Earthjustice. The inventory uses environmental quality data, and according to the Montana Department of Environmenta...Read More

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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

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