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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - MT: Health

Some Montana legislators say the state will need to make cuts across the board because of a dip in revenue. (Erik Madsen/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana is drawing up plans to reopen public schools in the fall. Educators say they'll need assistance from the state and federal government to do that. Amanda Curtis is a high school biology teacher in Butte and vice president of the Montana Federation of Public Employees. She s

An orphaned oil well cleanup fund could put employees of the fossil fuel industry back to work, mitigating the environmental damage at abandoned well sites. (tristanbnz/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Trump administration and Congress are considering relief for the fossil fuel industry, which has been hit hard by low demand during the coronavirus pandemic. But one progressive group says the federal government should bail out the states that are dependent on energy productio

American Prairie Reserve's donation of bison meat to the Montana Food Bank Network is coming at time when some meat processors are closed due to COVID-19 (Mike Quist Kautz/APR)

HELENA, Mont. -- The American Prairie Reserve (APR) is donating about 4,000 pounds of harvested bison meat to the Montana Food Bank Network. The donation will amount to more than 12,000 meals' worth of bison meat and will help serve 165 pantries and other partners of the network. Need for the me

Scientists say it's important to curb emissions drastically by mid-century to avoid the worst effects of climate change. (Choat/Adobe Stock)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The country's response to the new coronavirus pandemic could provide valuable insight on how to curb climate change's effects. Scientists are considering ways to model climate actions after the COVID-19 outbreak. Director of the Montana State University Institute on Ecosystems Bru

People in rural communities have higher rates of disabilities and tend to be older than in urban areas. (alonaphoto/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans with disabilities face multiple barriers to care in the coronavirus pandemic, and those issues are compounded in rural parts of the state. Fewer than a quarter of Montana counties have Intensive Care Unit beds. Lillie Grieman, project director for the Research and Traini

After years of debate, Canadian company TC Energy is moving forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (chesapeakeclimate/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is going forward, cutting a path through northeast Montana, but climate action groups and tribes say along with environmental concerns, the pipeline poses a health threat with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Steve Bullock is allowing work to g

Nearly 60% of U.S. post offices are located in ZIP codes that have either a single bank branch or none at all.  (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many services of everyday life, including restricting hours at some banks. Postal workers see this as further proof that offering financial services at post offices is a good idea. Banking already is limited in many pa

COVID-19 has spread in correctional facilities across the country. (William/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a directive designed to protect Montanans in prison against COVID-19. But advocacy groups for incarcerated people say it doesn't go far enough. Bullock's directive asks the Board of Pardons and Parole to consider early release for people wit

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