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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: Rural/Farming

People in rural communities have higher rates of disabilities and tend to be older than in urban areas. (alonaphoto/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans with disabilities face multiple barriers to care in the coronavirus pandemic, and those issues are compounded in rural parts of the state. Fewer than a quarter of Montana counties have Intensive Care Unit beds. Lillie Grieman, project director for the Research and Traini

Nearly 60% of U.S. post offices are located in ZIP codes that have either a single bank branch or none at all.  (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many services of everyday life, including restricting hours at some banks. Postal workers see this as further proof that offering financial services at post offices is a good idea. Banking already is limited in many pa

Some cattle producers want the federal government to restore country-of-origin labeling to help their long-term economic prospects. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Already facing issues in the marketplace, ranchers and cattle farmers also are getting hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Billings-based group R-CALF USA, which represents independent cattle producers, is speaking with members of Congress and has sent an emergency letter to President

Montana received nearly $3 billion dollars from programs that use census data in fiscal year 2016. (gustavofrazao/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- An accurate census count is most important to rural states, such as Montana, and poorer states, according to a new study. States receive $1.5 trillion from programs guided by census data each year. In Montana, those programs made up more than 12% of personal income in 2017, accord

The Bureau of Land Management oversees livestock grazing on 155 million acres of land. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Bureau of Land Management is taking steps toward sweeping reforms of its livestock grazing regulations -- a move some groups say could lead to more conflict and environmental harm. Permitting rules have long been a sticking point between ranchers and the BLM. Grazing regulatio

Montana farmers have received less than 1% of the federal subsidies to offset losses from the trade war. (Matt/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- If Montana Farmers Union President Walter Schweitzer could describe 2019 for farmers in one word, it would be "struggle." While the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes are up 10% over last year, Schweitzer says small family farms still are getting squeezed by commodit

More than 80% of Montanans say they want more dedicated conservation funding  even if it means higher taxes. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans are willing to “put their money where their mouth is" when it comes to conservation, according to a new survey. The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has released results of its summer survey of more than 11,000 residents, or about 1% of the state's population.

The American Prairie Reserve bison herd has grown to about 850 animals. (Dennis J. Lingohr/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. – In the face of local concern about bison, the American Prairie Reserve has revised its grazing application for the animals on federal lands in northeastern Montana. The group – aiming to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States – original

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