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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

Billings, MT – Late voter registration starts today in Montana. At the same time, early voting by absentee ballot is underway. Theresa Keaveny with the Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund says Montana's election laws have become more voter-friendly in recent years, and now people can re

Helena, MT – More room to play equals a stronger Montana economy. That's the conclusion of a new U.S.Department of Agriculture study that links recreation and tourism with jobs in Big Sky Country's rural areas. Economist Joe Kerkvliet with The Wilderness Society, says additional information ga

Billings, MT – Bring on the jobs! A report released today by a coalition of national and Montana conservation organizations shows Big Sky Country would gain more than 6,300 new jobs in a "green investment program." Roy Houseman with United Steelworkers Local 885 says these would be good-paying

Missoula, MT – While Montana is having a quiet fire season so far, the state should expect more big, bad fires like the ones in recent years, a new report finds. Steven Running with the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation Science says when wildfires are analyzed through

Helena, MT - A "great idea" still looking for "greatness." That's one assessment of the "Western Climate Initiative," a group of seven western states, including Montana, and four Canadian provinces that have banded together to create a regional cap-and-trade plan to address climate change. But the p

Joliet, MT – Montana's farming and ranching heritage will ring out in rhyme and verse this weekend, when the state's "Poetry for the Plains" celebration takes place in Joliet. Cowboy poet Wally McRae says he tries to entertain while addressing serious issues for agriculture. "I live in the P

Great Falls, MT – The checks are in the mail. About 100 Montana farmers and ranchers are sharing almost a half-million dollars for enrolling their land two years ago in a carbon credit trading system. Jim Sargent with the Montana Farmers Union (MFU) says the state is third in the nation in ter

Helena, MT – One Montana river is listed as a "treasure of the west" but two other rivers are listed as "trouble" in a report on the health of trout and trout fishing industries released today. The Big Blackfoot is held up as an example of how conservation groups, ranchers and others can partn

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