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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2019 


Could the nation’s airports be the next pressure points in the government shutdown? Also on our Monday rundown: Calls go out to improve food safety; and a new report renews calls for solutions to Detroit’s water woes.

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Public News Service - MT: Rural/Farming

Beef producers say foreign meat products only nominally processed in the U.S. are allowed to include labels stating they were made here. (Stephen Ausmus/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana ranchers and cattle producers are urging Congress to include country-of-origin labeling on beef and pork products in the United States' newly revised trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Ranchers and cattle producers have been frustrated since Congress repealed country-o

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

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

Four meatpacking companies control 85 percent of the beef market, putting the squeeze on independent cattle ranchers. (Preston Keres/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. – Ranchers and cattle producers are throwing their weight behind a U.S. Senate bill that would temporarily stop mega-mergers in the agriculture sector. The bill, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, would put a moratorium on farm and food business mergers until the U

The Clean Power Plan aimed to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 2030. (SD-Pictures/Pixabay)

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency didn't schedule a public meeting in Montana on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, so Montanans are taking matters into their own hands. On Sunday, the Northern Plains Resource Council is holding the "Clean Power to the People" h

Climate change could cost Montana's agriculture sector 26,000 jobs over the next 50 years. (Matt Lavin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – For Montana agriculture, the changing climate is not a future possibility – it's a reality that's already here. Montana Farmers Union board member Erik Somerfeld is a malt barley farmer outside of the town of Power. He's seen yield on his spring planted crops decline ov

There are about 500 wild buffalo in the Stephens Creek facility outside Gardiner that could be destined for slaughter. (Wild Buffalo Defense)

GARDINER, Mont. — Two people have been arrested at a Yellowstone buffalo holding facility as they tried to prevent the animals from being killed. Two members of the group Wild Buffalo Defense, Cody Cyson and Thomas Brown, locked themselves to the bars of a pen that holds the animals for dise

There are no cases of bison transferring the disease brucellosis to livestock, studies show. (Debeo Morium/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Yellowstone conservation groups say the livestock industry should be the focus rather than bison or elk, to contain brucellosis. Partners in the Interagency Bison Management Plan recently announced plans to kill up to 600 bison this winter to manage risk from the disease. But Llo

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