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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - MT: Environment

The Arrow Creek Backcountry Conservation Area, designated under a resource plan for central Montana, will be protected for hunting opportunities. (BLM/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan to open up large swaths of central Montana to oil and gas development - critics say at the expense of public lands and wildlife. The BLM's final Lewistown Resource Management Plan - covering 650,000 acres - potentially cedes up to 9

Well over three-quarters of Montana hunters are concerned with William Perry Pendley's job as acting BLM director, according to a new poll. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana hunters are wary of the direction of the Bureau of Land Management, according to a new poll. While nearly 60% of respondents to the Montana Wildlife Federation poll say they support the job President Donald Trump is doing, nearly 80% say they're either "very" or "somewhat"

Protecting 30% of nature by 2030 will require preserving green spaces in urban areas. (Wesley Fryer/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- To combat the extinction and climate crises, the United Nations has proposed governments protect 30% of land and water by 2030. Montanans are taking the first step toward doing that on Tuesday. The Sierra Club's Montana chapter is holding a meeting in Missoula to identify land

Montana Conservation Voters is supporting candidates who will sit on the Land Board that favor protecting public lands. (Montana Conservation Voters)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Conservation Voters has released candidate endorsements for a state board key to public lands in the hopes of securing a conservation-minded majority. The State Board of Land Commissioners, also known as the Land Board, decides on issues that affect state-owned public land

Finding a charging station can induce anxiety for electric-vehicle owners, but six stations are located in and around Yellowstone National Park. (Herbert/National Parks Service)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans will have to change how they get around in order to cut their carbon footprint, and a new report offers a road map on how to get there. Among the recommendations in "Destination: Zero Carbon" is phasing out fossil fuel powered car sales by 2035. Skye Borden, state direc

The American Prairie Reserve is expanding options for people to stay on Montana's unique grasslands. (Reid Morth/American Prairie Reserve)

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- It may be winter but thoughts of sunnier days already are on people's minds in northeastern Montana. The American Prairie Reserve, a growing, nonprofit conservation project attempting to protect Montana's grasslands, wants the public to see this unique landscape. And there are si

The Bureau of Land Management oversees livestock grazing on 155 million acres of land. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Bureau of Land Management is taking steps toward sweeping reforms of its livestock grazing regulations -- a move some groups say could lead to more conflict and environmental harm. Permitting rules have long been a sticking point between ranchers and the BLM. Grazing regulatio

The Nature Conservancy is selling a checkerboard of land parcels to the U.S. Forest Service. (The Nature Conservancy)

MISSOULA, Mont. - Lolo National Forest in western Montana is growing. The Nature Conservancy has sold more than 16,000 acres of former industrial timberland to the U.S. Forest Service to add to the forest. Chris Bryant, western Montana land protection director with The Nature Conservancy expects hi

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