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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - MT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

Montana ranchers such as Jeanie Alderson, above, say imported meat labeled as a

HELENA, Mont. — A bill in the Montana Legislature aims to let Montanans know where their meat is really coming from. Lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday in the House Agriculture Committee for H.B. 594, which would bring country-of-origin labeling back to Treasure State grocery stores. Impo

Four meatpacking companies control 85 percent of the beef market, putting the squeeze on independent cattle ranchers. (Preston Keres/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. – Ranchers and cattle producers are throwing their weight behind a U.S. Senate bill that would temporarily stop mega-mergers in the agriculture sector. The bill, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, would put a moratorium on farm and food business mergers until the U

There are more than 90 summer meal sites throughout Montana. (Missoula Food Bank)

HELENA, Mont. — Summer can be a difficult time for hungry children. In Montana, about one-in-six children lives in a food insecure household where they aren’t sure how they will get their next meal. Lorianne Burhop, chief policy officer with the Montana Food Bank Network, said while th

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., visited a small meat processor after reports it had been harassed by a federal meat inspector. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BUTTE, Mont. – Small meat processors in Montana hope the state's Congressional delegation will act soon to rein in a regional food inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last month, Montana Standard ran a story on harassment from Food Safety and Inspection Service front-line supe

About 20 percent of beef is imported, but country-of-origin labeling isn't required. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- A group of cattle producers wants Americans to know where their beef is coming from - and is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make it happen. The United Stockgrowers of America's Rancher-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, or R-CALF, and Cattle Producers of Washington are br

The Montana Food Bank Network works with 140 partners across the state to provide meals to kids over the summer. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

MISSOULA, Mont. – During the summer months, children need food assistance more than ever. One in five children in Montana lives in a food insecure home, meaning he or she isn't sure where a next meal is coming from. Many of these children rely on free and reduced meals during the school ye

Montana added nearly 100,000 acres of organic farmland since 2016, according to a new report. (storebukkebruse/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - The last few years have been a growing season for organic farming in the United States. According to the Mercaris Organic Acreage Report, organic farmland reached more than four million acres this year. Montana saw a 30-percent jump over the last two years, giving it the second-most

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