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PNS Daily Newscast - December 11, 2018 


The U.S. support of fossil fuels is met with protests and laugher at the UN climate conference. Also, on the Tuesday rundown: we take you to a major city with a look at how segregation impacts life outcomes. Plus, efforts to aid more veteran farmers.

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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

Last week, the Interior Department undid regulations that prevent methane flaring on drilling operations. (Tim Hurst/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans and other westerners overwhelmingly want oil and gas companies to stop operational gas leaks, according to a new poll. That puts them at odds with recent moves by the Trump administration. According to a Center for Western Priorities survey, 92 percent of Montana

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

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