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The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - MT: Environment

After acting as director of the Bureau of Land Management for a year, the Trump administration has formally nominated attorney William Perry Pendley to head the agency. (BLM)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation groups are calling on U.S. senators to block William Perry Pendley's nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley has been the acting head of the BLM since July 2019 and is known as a high-profile advocate of selling off public lands to states, and his ant

The three-month spring fishing season on the Smith River generates an estimated $10 million for the outdoor recreation economy. (Bitterroot/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation groups battle on to protect one of Montana's most popular rivers from a proposed mine. Yesterday, groups filed a lawsuit challenging state permits for the Black Butte Copper Mine, which would be located at the headwaters of the Smith River. Scott Bosse, Northern Rockies

There are more than 800 bison in the American Prairie Reserve's conservation herd. (Dennis J. Lingohr/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. -- A growing number of Montanans have entered for a chance at harvesting a bison from the American Prairie Reserve. This year, the reserve is able to offer 26 harvests, its biggest number yet. Last year, there were more than 2,500 entries for 16 harvest slots. Winners are picked throu

An orphaned oil well cleanup fund could put employees of the fossil fuel industry back to work, mitigating the environmental damage at abandoned well sites. (tristanbnz/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Trump administration and Congress are considering relief for the fossil fuel industry, which has been hit hard by low demand during the coronavirus pandemic. But one progressive group says the federal government should bail out the states that are dependent on energy productio

The only waste disposal site permitted for radioactive material in Montana is in the eastern part of the state, near Glendive. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - Lawmakers could sideline Montana's radioactive waste disposal rules from oil and gas industries next week, despite public opposition. The Legislative Environmental Quality Council voted to delay Department of Environmental Quality limits last month, and could make that decision fin

The Keystone XL pipeline could hurt endangered species such as the pallid sturgeon and whooping crane. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and his ruling could give the public more say in other pipeline projects. The massive pipeline stretching from Canada to Nebraska is relying on a fast-tracked permitting process for crossing bodies of

The Good Neighbor Agreement between a mining company and Montana conservation groups ensures citizen oversight of water quality. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

BILLINGS, Mont. - An unlikely pairing of conservation and industrial interests in Montana is celebrating two decades of cooperation today. In these divisive times, it could serve as a model for bringing more folks together. The Good Neighbor Agreement was signed on May 8, 2000, between the Stillwa

Scientists say it's important to curb emissions drastically by mid-century to avoid the worst effects of climate change. (Choat/Adobe Stock)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The country's response to the new coronavirus pandemic could provide valuable insight on how to curb climate change's effects. Scientists are considering ways to model climate actions after the COVID-19 outbreak. Director of the Montana State University Institute on Ecosystems Bru

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