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PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2019. 


A blockbuster storm forecast to bring major snowfall to the Midwest today, Northeast over the weekend. Also on the Friday rundown: Women’s Marches planned across the nation tomorrow; plus Democrats slog through Iowa on path to the White House.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., touts the Land and Water Conservation Fund during his surprise appearance at a public-lands rally in Helena. (Whitney Tawney/Montana Conservation Voters)

HELENA, Mont. — After a rally in Helena last week, advocates for public lands are setting their agenda for this year's session. The rally attracted about 1,600 Montanans and featured speeches from Gov. Steve Bullock and a surprise appearance by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. Ryan Busse is on the b

A wildlife biologist says wolves and other large predators have an innate ability to find diseased prey in herds. (Tupulak/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Could wolves and other large predators be border guards in the fight against Chronic Wasting Disease? One biologist believes so, as CWD, an infectious neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose populations, spreads in the Mountain West. Biologist Gary Wolfe, a fo

Sixty million bison once roamed North America, but only a small fraction of that number remain. (American Prairie Reserve)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Smithsonian is partnering with American Prairie Reserve to research and restore one of the country's most treasured landscapes. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute does science and conservation work around the world, and is bringing that expertise to APR's reser

A 2020 project to open up access to the Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is in jeopardy if the Land and Water Conservation Fund isn't reauthorized. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Groups in Montana and nationwide are urging Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as the lame-duck session ticks down. The fund, which provides access to public lands, expired in September. Montana has received nearly $600 million since th

Unlike some other states, Montana doesn't have setback limits mandating how far away wells must be from buildings and homes. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday held its only public hearing on a proposal to roll back regulations on methane leaking for the oil and gas industry. The meeting took place in Denver, but advocates for health and the environment traveled to it from around the

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

A Crow tribal member from Montana was fined more than $8,000 for hunting illegally in Wyoming. That case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Mr2EL/Twenty20)

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case early next year that could have a big impact on Native Americans' hunting treaty rights. The case involves Clayvin Herrera, a Crow tribal member who pursued an elk from his reservation in Montana into Wyoming and killed it ther

Ammon Bundy, who led an armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge, is the closing speaker at a Saturday conference in Whitefish, Mont. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

WHITEFISH, Mont. – Controversial figures of the public lands transfer movement in the West – including Ammon Bundy – are coming to Whitefish tomorrow, and many residents of the town are pushing back. The New Code of the West conference organizers say speakers, including elected o

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