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PNS Daily Newscast - November 18, 2019 


President Trump invited to testify in person or in writing, says Pelosi; a battle over the worth of rooftop-solar electricity when it's sold back to the grid; the flu gets an early start; and the value of Texas family caregivers.

2020Talks - November 18, 2019 


Former Pres. Barack Obama cautioned Democrats to be more moderate, and incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins over Trump-backed Republican opponent.

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Public News Service - MT: Environment

Although most lawmakers received failing grades on its annual scorecard, the group Montana Conservation Voters says nearly one-third of them are sticking up for the environment. (Tracy/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana's legislative session was a season of highs and lows, according to the Montana Conservation Voters' legislative scorecard. The group graded lawmakers based on nine votes that address issues of clean energy and climate change, public lands and voters' rights - and more than h

In 2017, more than 1.2 million acres burned in Montana  one of the state's worst wildfire seasons on record. (U.S. Forest Service/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. – With wildfire season approaching, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., has introduced legislation aimed at reducing their threat. But one wildfire expert calls the bill a "Trojan horse" for the logging industry. Gianforte and 18 other members of Congress are proposing the "Resi

Renewables surpassed coal in energy production in the United States for the first time in April. (David Gilder/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – The struggle is ramping up over the Colstrip coal-fired power plant and Montana's energy future. A headline-grabbing measure in the Legislature, nicknamed the Save Colstrip bill, would have allowed the utility NorthWestern Energy to buy a unit of the coal plant without regula

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project wants to hear from at least 10,000 Montanans about public lands funding. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – How can Montana improve funding to protect what many feel is its most important asset – the outdoors? That's what backers of the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project are asking. The project kicked off Thursday, inviting Montanans to chime in with ideas on how to increase de

David Bernhardt, right, replaced former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., left, as head of the Interior Department last month. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Less than a month on the job and with investigations mounting, some Montanans are wondering if new Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will help or hinder Big Sky Country. The former oil and gas lobbyist is facing ethics scandals on multiple fronts, including a call last week

Habitat fragmentation is a major threat to migrating species around the world. (Mark A. Bauer/USGS)

HELENA, Mont. – One of the key threats facing wildlife today is its ability to move. But efforts to protect safe migration corridors are gaining steam around the world. Jodi Hilty is co-editor of "Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation," w

A new report says extensive cleanup of Colstrip's coal-ash ponds would create more than twice as many jobs as current cleanup proposals. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – A thorough cleanup of the Colstrip Power Plant's coal-ash ponds could provide a major boost for the local economy, according to a new report. An analysis from the Northern Plains Resource Council, a grassroots conservation and agriculture group in Montana, finds that using an

Senate Bill 331 would allow NorthWestern Energy to pass on $75 million to Montana ratepayers if it buys more energy from Colstrip. (Tonyglen14/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. — A controversial bill that would allow NorthWestern Energy to sidestep regulations to buy more power from the Colstrip coal plant continues to make its way through the Montana Legislature. Senate Bill 331, now in the house, is touted as a good deal to meet Montanans' energy ne

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