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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - MT: Rural/Farming

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

Whitefish, Mont., implemented its Climate Action Plan in 2018, providing a potential model for other rural towns. (-ted/Flickr)

WHITEFISH, Mont. – Whitefish has become a model for how rural towns can adapt to the effects of climate change. The jumpstart for the northwestern Montana town was the Resilience Dialogues in 2017, which partly led the city to produce its Climate Action Plan in 2018. Steve Thompson, the pl

The International Energy Agency says countries need to reduce carbon pollution by 74% before 2030 to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. (Snap Happy/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will roll back an Obama-era regulation to cut emissions from the United States' power sector. The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, scales back greenhouse gas emission reduction lim

A new report says extensive cleanup of Colstrip's coal-ash ponds would create more than twice as many jobs as current cleanup proposals. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – A thorough cleanup of the Colstrip Power Plant's coal-ash ponds could provide a major boost for the local economy, according to a new report. An analysis from the Northern Plains Resource Council, a grassroots conservation and agriculture group in Montana, finds that using an

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