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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

A "Hairy" Day at the Montana Capitol

January 16, 2007

Legislators will be getting free hair cuts today. Their hair samples are being collected to be tested for mercury. Erin Thompson with Women's Voices for the Earth says legislators will also answer some questions about their health since mercury is connected to nervous system disorders and other problems.

"We're just trying to raise some awareness about the connection between human health impacts and mercury emissions."

Thompson notes that Montanans are exposed to mercury through certain types of fish, emissions from coal-fired power plants, and when mercury seeps into the air and water from landfills. The legislature is looking at a bill that would ban most mercury-containing consumer products to keep them out of the garbage. Thompson explains the proposed law would only ban products that have a comparable substitute available for about the same price.

"This would include things like thermostats, thermometers and other measuring devices that have another non-mercury alternative available."

Some companies that sell mercury products are against the ban, saying they can be disposed of safely without a law.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT