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PNS Daily News - September 16, 2019 


New allegations emerge against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh; and a new report says a lightning strike is more likely than a forced arbitration win.

2020Talks - September 16, 2019. (3 min.)  


2020 presidential hopefuls tweet about more sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats who didn't make it onto last week's debate stage continue their grassroots approaches.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

The American Prairie Reserve is looking to connect and protect more than 3 million acres of Montana prairie land. (American Prairie Reserve)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Spring is alive on the prairie in Montana, and so is a project to safeguard this unique environment, one of the most threatened and least protected landscapes in the world. The American Prairie Reserve is working to connect and restore more than 3 million acres of the ecosyst

Although most lawmakers received failing grades on its annual scorecard, the group Montana Conservation Voters says nearly one-third of them are sticking up for the environment. (Tracy/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana's legislative session was a season of highs and lows, according to the Montana Conservation Voters' legislative scorecard. The group graded lawmakers based on nine votes that address issues of clean energy and climate change, public lands and voters' rights - and more than h

In 2017, more than 1.2 million acres burned in Montana  one of the state's worst wildfire seasons on record. (U.S. Forest Service/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. – With wildfire season approaching, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., has introduced legislation aimed at reducing their threat. But one wildfire expert calls the bill a "Trojan horse" for the logging industry. Gianforte and 18 other members of Congress are proposing the "Resi

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project wants to hear from at least 10,000 Montanans about public lands funding. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – How can Montana improve funding to protect what many feel is its most important asset – the outdoors? That's what backers of the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project are asking. The project kicked off Thursday, inviting Montanans to chime in with ideas on how to increase de

David Bernhardt, right, replaced former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., left, as head of the Interior Department last month. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Less than a month on the job and with investigations mounting, some Montanans are wondering if new Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will help or hinder Big Sky Country. The former oil and gas lobbyist is facing ethics scandals on multiple fronts, including a call last week

Habitat fragmentation is a major threat to migrating species around the world. (Mark A. Bauer/USGS)

HELENA, Mont. – One of the key threats facing wildlife today is its ability to move. But efforts to protect safe migration corridors are gaining steam around the world. Jodi Hilty is co-editor of "Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation," w

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

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