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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MT: Rural/Farming

William Perry Pendley has served as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management since July 2019. (BLM/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. -- A chorus of voices is growing louder for the Trump administration to withdraw William Perry Pendley's nomination as director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pendley's past as a self-proclaimed "sagebrush rebel" and his advocacy to sell public lands to states has put him in

For the local food challenge, Montanans are encouraged to eat something grown locally everyday. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - This August is the fifth annual Montana Local Food Challenge. With the food supply chain and local businesses in a precarious state because of COVID-19, eating locally has added significance this year. During the challenge, Montanans are asked to eat something grown locally every da

A study found rural residents were less likely to follow CDC guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 spread, like frequent hand washing and sanitizing. (thayra83/Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- A new study finds rural Americans are at higher risk for COVID-19 than their urban counterparts but less likely to adhere to public health recommendations. The University of Montana's Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities focused on people with disabil

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

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