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Public News Service - MT: Health Issues

The Berkeley Pit in Butte is one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in the country. (NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

BUTTE, Mont. – A new study finds death rates are higher in two Montana counties that are home to some of the most polluted sites in the country. Researchers compiled death certificates from 2000 to 2015 in all Montana counties and compared causes of death from cancer, stroke and other diseas

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

Backers of an initiative to fund Medicaid expansion say it also would cut down on smoking through a tax on tobacco products. (Healthy Montana campaign)

HELENA, Mont. - Supporters of an initiative to extend Medicaid expansion through a tax on tobacco products will learn this month if it qualifies for the November ballot. Backers turned in more than 40,000 signatures, well over the approximately 25,000 needed. Initiative 185 would increase the cigar

An organization in Helena, Mont., is trying to reduce the 300 million guns in the United States. (National Center for Unwanted Firearms)

HELENA, Mont. – There's a gun for almost every American in the country. What happens to the guns nobody wants? The National Center for Unwanted Firearms, a nonprofit headquartered in Helena, is attempting to answer that question and make a dent in the large number of guns in the United States

About 70,000 Native Americans live in Montana. (Indian Health Service Billings area)

HELENA, Mont. – According to the Trump administration, states can impose work requirements on Native Americans who receive Medicaid - a move that could spell doom for some tribal health services. On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed i

Pat Wilson moved out of Montana after his wife's asthma grew worse from a nearby oil-drilling operation. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The public has a few more days to comment on a change to the Bureau of Land Management's methane waste prevention rule. Critics say the change will leave the regulation toothless. The current rule, which took half a decade to create, was designed to cut down on the venting, f

More than 700 Montanans have overdosed on opioids since 2000. (Cindy Shebley/Flickr)

HELENA Mont. – Montana received failing marks in a new report tracking states' progress in the fight against the opioid crisis. The Treasure State, along with seven other states, has failed to implement more than two of the report's six key actions for reducing opioid overdoses, according to "

For more than 40 years, the League of Conservation Voters has graded members of Congress based on their votes on environmental issues. (David Restivo/National Park Service)

HELENA, Mont. — Montana's congressional delegation is split on protecting the environment, according to the scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters on Tuesday. The scorecard grades Treasure State lawmakers on 19 Senate and 35 House votes in 2017 related to the environment, energy,

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