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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 

    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Public News Service - Montana

The greater sage grouse received additional protections in 2015, and conservation groups say there are more efforts to come in 2016.(twildlife/iStock)

LEWISTON, Mont. - Montana conservation groups are celebrating a victory in the movement to protect the greater sage grouse and planning additional efforts in 2016. The recent federal spending bill renewed the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and what it didn't include is just as important riders th...Read More

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A scorecard assembled by investor groups faults natural gas producers for secrecy about fracking risks. (Environmental Defense Fund)

HELENA, Mont. - Companies fracking for gas do a poor job of informing the public, according to some investor groups. Their recently released third annual scorecard called Disclosing The Facts faults several companies that are active in Montana for secrecy, including Whiting, Chevron and Exxon. The...Read More

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A new report says if nothing is done to slow climate change, Montana's economy could lose millions over the next 40 years. (Pharmshot/iStock)

HELENA, Mont. – According to a new report commissioned by the Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana could lose 11,000 jobs and $280 million in earnings over the next 40 years if nothing is done to slow climate change. Researchers found that greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from the burning of...Read More

Public News Service - MT

Montana's fish and wildlife got a boost as the Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to be approved as part of the omnibus spending bill in the U.S. Congress. (TPS Dave/Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. - The Land and Water Conservation Fund is back from the dead, at least temporarily, because Congress included it in the omnibus spending bill that is supposed to get a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The 50-year-old program takes millions in royalties paid by oil and...Read More

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Montana education advocates celebrate passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. (jdurham/morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana education advocates are praising the passage on Wednesday of a bill to replace No Child Left Behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act sailed through the U.S. Senate in a landslide and is expected to be signed by President Obama. Democratic Senator Jon Tester supported the bi...Read More

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Montana's Tongue River is just one that could be affected by last-minute riders to the omnibus budget bill in Congress. Credit: Alexis Bonogofsky

BILLINGS, Mont. - Conservation groups are speaking out in favor of a "clean" budget bill - meaning one without riders that would weaken environmental protections. Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass the omnibus spending bill or face a government shutdown. Some lawmakers want to include controversial...Read More

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A Montana coalition of sportsmen's and conservation groups opposes changes to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Credit: tpdave/Pixabay

HELENA, Mont. – A broad coalition of conservationists, sportsmen and political leaders is speaking out against a move in Washington, D. C., to replace a long-standing program that uses oil and gas royalties to conserve land, with one that diverts much of the royalty money for other purposes. ...Read More

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Grizzly bear. Credit: skeeze/pixabay

MISSOULA, Mont. - The grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone region now have the dubious distinction of being one of the top 10 most isolated species in America. A new report called "No Room to Roam: 10 American Species in Need of Connectivity" was released Wednesday by the nonprofit Endangered S...Read More

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