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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2018. 


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MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Union members say their merger will create a more united labor front at the Montana capitol. (Mark Holloway/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana's two largest public-employee unions are moving closer to joining forces. On January 20, members of MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Association will gather in Helena's Great Northern Hotel to ratify a proposed constitution and create the Montana Federation of P

The Montana special session brought deals to fix the budget, but national politics could throw a wrench into the mix. (Justin Brockie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The conclusion of the special legislative session has left more questions than answers for Montanans and the future of the state's budget. While a patchwork of deals appeared to cover most of the $227 million budget hole, Eric Feaver, president of the public employees' union

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could hurt residency grant programs for doctors who serve rural areas. (Robert Daly/Getty)

BILLINGS, Mont. – As the GOP considers reviving plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a revised American Health Care Act, the move could have serious consequences for rural Montana counties. Tucked into the current system is the Teaching Health Center Grant, which helps fu

The Montana Legislature is looking at a bill that would give parents vouchers for sending their children to private schools or for homeschooling. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – There's a push for "school choice" in Montana, but some educators and Montanans are questioning what that phrase really means. The Montana Public Education Center (MT-PEC) is a coalition of groups that says the term "choice" has been co-opted, and that this push is really a w

The Montana Legislature is considering an infrastructure bill that could provide money to renovate the Montana Historical Society. (Roger W/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Teachers and other Montanans want the Legislature to update the state's historic center in Helena because of its importance to students. House Bill 14 is an infrastructure proposal that would allot $292 million to fix roads, bridges and some state buildings. It includes more than $2

The BackPack assistance program is designed to help the nearly 48,000 children who are food insecure in Montana.(and the rest/flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Thanksgiving is a time when families get together and eat wonderful food. But some Montanans are less fortunate during the holidays. One in seven people in Montana struggles with hunger, including nearly 48,000 children who aren't sure where their next meal will come from.

Helena Middle School teacher Kelly Elder was selected for the highest honor for teachers in Montana. (MEA-MFT)

HELENA, Mont. - Kelly Elder, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena, has been selected as the 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year, the highest honor for teachers in the Treasure State. Elder, who has been teaching in Montana for two decades, said he gets to use c

The regular primary registration deadline in Montana is Mon., May 9. (svanblar/iStockphoto)

HELENA, Mont. - The primary election is coming up in about a month, on June 7 but the deadline for regular voter registration is this Monday, May 9. Montanans can find their polling place or print off registration forms from the Montana Conservation Voters website mtvoters.org then mail or take the

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