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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

After acting as director of the Bureau of Land Management for a year, the Trump administration has formally nominated attorney William Perry Pendley to head the agency. (BLM)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation groups are calling on U.S. senators to block William Perry Pendley's nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley has been the acting head of the BLM since July 2019 and is known as a high-profile advocate of selling off public lands to states, and his ant

The three-month spring fishing season on the Smith River generates an estimated $10 million for the outdoor recreation economy. (Bitterroot/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation groups battle on to protect one of Montana's most popular rivers from a proposed mine. Yesterday, groups filed a lawsuit challenging state permits for the Black Butte Copper Mine, which would be located at the headwaters of the Smith River. Scott Bosse, Northern Rockies

There are more than 800 bison in the American Prairie Reserve's conservation herd. (Dennis J. Lingohr/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. -- A growing number of Montanans have entered for a chance at harvesting a bison from the American Prairie Reserve. This year, the reserve is able to offer 26 harvests, its biggest number yet. Last year, there were more than 2,500 entries for 16 harvest slots. Winners are picked throu

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

Big game hunting generates $4 million annually for central Montana. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. - Hunters are voicing concerns about the impact of unchecked energy development in the West. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation looks at three Resource Management Plans (RMPs), including a plan for nearly 630,000 acres near Lewistown and the Missouri River in centr

The Arrow Creek Backcountry Conservation Area, designated under a resource plan for central Montana, will be protected for hunting opportunities. (BLM/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan to open up large swaths of central Montana to oil and gas development - critics say at the expense of public lands and wildlife. The BLM's final Lewistown Resource Management Plan - covering 650,000 acres - potentially cedes up to 9

Well over three-quarters of Montana hunters are concerned with William Perry Pendley's job as acting BLM director, according to a new poll. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana hunters are wary of the direction of the Bureau of Land Management, according to a new poll. While nearly 60% of respondents to the Montana Wildlife Federation poll say they support the job President Donald Trump is doing, nearly 80% say they're either "very" or "somewhat"

Protecting 30% of nature by 2030 will require preserving green spaces in urban areas. (Wesley Fryer/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- To combat the extinction and climate crises, the United Nations has proposed governments protect 30% of land and water by 2030. Montanans are taking the first step toward doing that on Tuesday. The Sierra Club's Montana chapter is holding a meeting in Missoula to identify land

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