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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2020 


Seven Democrats debate in South Carolina. And helping kelp forests off the West coast.

2020Talks - February 26, 2020 


Candidates took the stage in Charleston, South Carolina, ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primaries, but also ahead of next week's Super Tuesday. Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg took some hits, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the national frontrunner, was the main target.

Public News Service - MT: Health

Montana received nearly $3 billion dollars from programs that use census data in fiscal year 2016. (gustavofrazao/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- An accurate census count is most important to rural states, such as Montana, and poorer states, according to a new study. States receive $1.5 trillion from programs guided by census data each year. In Montana, those programs made up more than 12% of personal income in 2017, accord

As of Friday, the CDC is looking into 450 cases of a severe respiratory illness that could be linked to vaping. (lezinav/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – As the number of deaths possibly linked to e-cigarettes climbs, health officials are urging people not to use them. State health officials across the country in the past week have connected vaping to a mysterious and deadly illness, and it's prompted the Centers for Disease C

Because of concerns for their water sources, residents of Glendive, Mont. are pushing DEQ to make rules about radioactive oil waste. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

GLENDIVE, Mont. – The latest proposed rules for disposing of radioactive oil waste in Montana have some residents concerned. The state Department of Environmental Quality wants to raise the radioactive limit from 50 picocuries per gram to 200. The state already has licensed four landfills

Narcan, also known as naloxone, can reverse overdoses while they're happening. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Montanans on Thursday are remembering lives lost to overdose in Missoula. The organization Open Aid Alliance is marking Overdose Awareness Day with a memorial, overdose response education and lunch to bring members of the community together. The organization also is handi

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends lead levels in drinking water not exceed one part per billion in schools. (Rafael Ben-Ari/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – A proposed rule change in Montana would require schools to test for contaminants like lead in their water systems every quarter. The state Department of Health and Human Services originally planned on taking comments until July, but has extended the cutoff to mid-September. S

Medicaid expansion currently covers about 96,000 Montanans. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – The public has an opportunity to comment on changes to Medicaid expansion that allow Montana to implement work requirements for recipients. The Montana Legislature agreed this session to allow expansion to continue, but followed states such as Arkansas and Indiana by requirin

The United States' suicide rate increased 60% between 1999 and 2017. (Michail Petrov/AdobeStock)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A Montana psychologist wants folks to get a new perspective on an issue that is plaguing the state – suicide. Montana has ranked in the top five for suicide rates nationwide for three decades, according to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. The

Anson Nygaard, a veteran who lives in Montana, says the thought of

HELENA, Mont. – With Veterans Day approaching, one Montana vet is speaking up for public lands. Anson Nygaard spent two years on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and when he returned in 2012, decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Nygaard says the trek helped him re-calibrate and settle

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