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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - MT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: A National Wildlife Federation report finds that a changing climate is bad news for most of Montana's big game species. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

KALISPELL, Mont. - A history lesson and a warning about the changing climate are part of a new report from the National Wildlife Federation that focuses on big game. It notes that huge investments were made in the 20th century, mostly paid by hunters through taxes, to restore populations of elk, moo

PHOTO: One in eight Montanans receives SNAP food assistance. Families are seeing about $30 less per month. Photo courtesy of MT.gov.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Thirty dollars a month doesn't sound like much, but when it's part of a food budget for a family struggling to make ends meet it adds up quickly, according to Sarah Howell, executive director of Montana Women Vote. The one in eight Montanans who receives Supplemental Nutrition Ass

PHOTO: Cover crops are good for farmers' bottom lines as well as rivers. Two new reports from the National Wildlife Federation find that the use of cover crops is growing, but still just a fraction of the potential. Photo courtesy NWF.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Growing in the off-season can bring more cash to the crop season. Two new reports from the National Wildlife Federation make the case that cover crops, which are growing in popularity, are a big plus to farmers' bottom lines, and they bring environmental benefits as well. Report

PHOTO: Montana is taking over grizzly bear livestock loss compensation program, while Defenders of Wildlife is spending more on coexistence projects. Photo credit: USFWS

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana is taking control of the program to compensate ranchers for livestock losses from grizzly bears. A new state law directs the Montana Livestock Loss Board to issue reimbursements, and that means Defenders of Wildlife will stop writing those checks, after September 30. Acco

PHOTO: AARP Montana is holding “shred and feed” events around the state today, offering free document shredding while collecting food donations. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. - Protection from identity theft and help with putting food on the table are two goals today in Montana for the National Day of Service. AARP Montana is holding "shred and feed" events around the state, offering free document shredding while collecting food donations. "It's really im

PHOTO: September is Hunger Action Month in Montana. A new USDA report shows that 46,000 children in the state face hunger. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Today starts the SNAP challenge in Montana - budgeting $5 a day per person for food. That's the average food stamp benefit, and with Congress back to work this week, debate will resume about funding for food assistance, called SNAP, as part of the Farm Bill. According to Bill Matth

PHOTO: Cattle producers in Montana and around the country are rethinking feedlot practices after Merck Animal Health recently pulled a popular growth-accelerating drug from the market. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Cattle growers in Montana and around the country are rethinking feedlot practices after the drug firm Merck Animal Health recently pulled a popular growth-accelerating drug from the market. Zilmax was credited with helping cattle pack on up to 30 pounds of lean muscle in the weeks be

PHOTO: The Country-of-Origin (COOL) labeling law is headed to court, with Montana Farmers Union holding rallies this month to support the law. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A court will soon be chewing on a tough decision related to meat. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and American Meat Institute have filed suit to try to stop the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law for meat, a law that has been on the books since 2008. The National F

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