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PNS Daily Newscast - April 25, 2018 


President Trump loses another round in court on immigrant “dreamers.” Also on today’s rundown: Environmentalists tell New York Gov. Cuomo to match words with action; California lawmakers wear jeans, taking a stand against sexual violence; and Airbnb is called out for “secret tax deals.”

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Public News Service - MT: Climate Change/Air Quality

Pat Wilson moved out of Montana after his wife's asthma grew worse from a nearby oil-drilling operation. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The public has a few more days to comment on a change to the Bureau of Land Management's methane waste prevention rule. Critics say the change will leave the regulation toothless. The current rule, which took half a decade to create, was designed to cut down on the venting, f

The Clean Power Plan aimed to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 2030. (SD-Pictures/Pixabay)

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency didn't schedule a public meeting in Montana on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, so Montanans are taking matters into their own hands. On Sunday, the Northern Plains Resource Council is holding the "Clean Power to the People" h

Leonard Higgins and four other activists shut down 15 percent of the country's oil imports in 2016. (Climate Direct Action)

FORT BENTON, Mont. — A climate activist who shut down an oil pipeline in Montana in 2016 will not receive jail time for his actions. On Tuesday, a judge in Fort Benton gave Leonard Higgins a deferred sentence of three years and ordered him to pay $3,700 in restitution to the oil pipeline comp

An artist rendering of Gordon Butte Storage Hydro Project shows where the two reservoirs for the system would be located. (Absaroka Energy)

MARTINSDALE, Mont. – A proposed project in central Montana would create a huge battery for renewable energy sources out of the natural landscape. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project is a closed-loop hydroelectric facility created from two reservoirs – one at the bottom of the ridge

Climate change could cost Montana's agriculture sector 26,000 jobs over the next 50 years. (Matt Lavin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – For Montana agriculture, the changing climate is not a future possibility – it's a reality that's already here. Montana Farmers Union board member Erik Somerfeld is a malt barley farmer outside of the town of Power. He's seen yield on his spring planted crops decline ov

Ken Ward and four other climate activists took action into their own hands on Oct. 11, 2016, and shut down pipelines in four states. (

MISSOULA, Mont. — In October 2016, five climate activists shut down oil pipelines by hand in a coordinated effort across four states, stopping about 15 percent of the country's oil imports for nearly a day. The film "The Reluctant Radical" is about one of those activists, Ken Ward. And it ha

Researchers found one-third of forests in five western states, including Montana, haven't come back after forest fires over the last 30 years. (Jim Handcock/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – If climate change continues on its current trajectory, Montana forests are likely to look much different in the future, according to new analysis led by Colorado State University scientists. Researchers looked at forests in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming af

Leonard Higgins, who shut down a pipeline in Coal Banks Landing, Mont., faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison. (Climate Direct Action)

FORT BENTON, Mont. – In October 2016, Leonard Higgins and four other activists concerned about the imminent impact of climate change took action into their own hands to stop it. Known collectively as the "valve turners," the five climate activists shut off oil pipeline emergency valves acros

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