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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

Montana passed a management plan in 2015 that helped keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Conservation groups in Montana are hoping state lawmakers can work out the details on a bill introduced to modify sage grouse protections. Senate Bill 299 would exempt certain types of development in sage grouse habitat. In particular, the telecommunications industry has rais

Concern is growing that artificially feeding elk on the National Elk Refuge could become a catalyst for chronic wasting disease in the Mountain West. (Diane Borgreen/USFWS)

HELENA, Mont. - With the threat of chronic wasting disease spreading, conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to jump-start a process to phase out supplemental elk feeding. The agency's decade-old commitment to phase out artificial feeding in Wyoming's National Elk Refuge h

Deferred maintenance in Montana parks has reached $22 million. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to increase funding for Montana's outdoor-recreation sites has passed the state Senate and moves on to the House. Senate Bill 24 increases the voluntary vehicle-registration fee for state parks from $6 to $9, estimated to generate an additional $1.8 million each year.

American Prairie Reserve manages 400,000 acres of purchased, leased and partnered lands. (Dennis Linghor/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. — American Prairie Reserve is pushing back on a Montana House resolution asking the federal government to deny a bison-grazing proposal on land it leases. House Joint Resolution 28 passed through the chamber last week and now is in the Senate Agriculture Committee. Supporters

There were 65 reported grizzly bear deaths in 2018. (H. Michael Miley/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – After a record number of grizzly bear deaths in 2018, groups are calling for an update to a decade-old report on conflict prevention. Six conservation groups have sent a letter to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee. They're urging me

A conference in Lewistown this week is looking at issues such as conflict-reduction practices between agricultural producers and wildlife. (Venture West Ranches/Flickr)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – How can Montanans live alongside the state's wildlife? That's the question being explored at a conference this week in Lewistown. The first Living with Wildlife conference, sponsored by the National Geographic Society and organized by American Prairie Reserve, is bringin

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

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