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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Public News Service - MT: Environment

Summer fly-fishing in Montana could be under threat from rising temperatures because of climate change. (Preston Keres/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

HELENA, Mont. - Some of the country's most cherished summer activities are under threat from climate change, according to a report released today. The National Wildlife Federation's "Safeguarding Summer" report found that hotter summer temperatures are leading to more tick-borne diseases, algae blo

Supporters of the Land and Water Conservation Fund say it's helped Montana's outdoor recreation economy at places such as Glacier National Park. (m01229/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – With less than two months before it expires, conservation groups are calling for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a program that has received bipartisan support in the past. Montana has received nearly $600 million since the fund was c

More than 12 million Americans live within a half-mile of an active oil or gas well, compressor or processor, according to a new report. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

BAINVILLE, Mont. – A new report focusing on people who live on the front lines of oil and gas operations says they face greater risks of asthma, cancer and other illnesses. From the group Moms Clean Air Force, "Face to Face with Oil and Gas" looks at families dealing with benzene, methane, si

Coal-ash ponds at the Colstrip Power Plant are leaking about 200 million gallons of contaminants a year into the ground, according to a new report. (Eric Warren)

COLSTRIP, Mont. – Thoroughly cleaning up coal-ash ponds at the Colstrip Power Plant would lead to a significant number of jobs, according to a new report. The Northern Plains Resource Council and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1638, representing maintenance and operations wor

Montana's national parks have nearly $220 million in deferred maintenance to be done. (dconvertini/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to address the crumbling infrastructure in America’s national parks is scheduled for a congressional hearing this week. The Restore Our Parks Act would provide up to $6.5 billion over the next five years to chip away at national parks' growing maintenance backlog

Montana's outdoor recreation is cited as one reason it has ranked as the top destination for business startups, four of the last five years. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana's natural beauty is attracting technology companies, and perhaps even beginning to rival Silicon Valley. The high-tech sector is growing nine times faster than the rest of Montana's economy and earned $1.7 billion in revenue in 2017, according to a survey by the Montana

Farmer Dena Hoff, who opposes the Keystone XL project, surveys the Yellowstone River from her property, which was negatively affected by a ruptured pipeline in 2015. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline is set for Thursday in federal court in Great Falls, so opponents are rallying today at a local park. President Donald Trump approved the pipeline right after he took office, but it has been held up by lawsuits. The pipeline would transport

The Great Fire of 1910 in Montana and the Northwest changed the way the U.S. Forest Service managed fires. (National Photo Company/Library of Congress)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Another intense fire season is expected and just around the corner in Montana. Could the solution to severe fire years in the future actually be putting more burns on the landscape? Mark Finney, a research forester at the U.S. Forest Service's Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, sa

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