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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


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A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Public News Service - MT: Rural/Farming

Unpasteurized milk presents certain health risks, according to public-health experts. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A measure in Helena would give Montanans more freedom to buy food from neighboring farmers and ranchers, supporters say, but the bill is raising concerns among food-safety experts. Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, the sponsor of Senate Bill 199, owns a grocery store and said there's dema

Montana ranchers say they've taken a hit because the United States lacks accurate country-of-origin labeling. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Ranchers want to bring truth-in-labeling back for beef and pork in Montana. A proposal in the Montana Legislature would ask retailers to put up signs in front of beef and pork that clarifies the product was born, raised and processed in the United States. Otherwise, the meat would

The coal ash ponds for retired Units 1 and 2 of Colstrip leak 400,000 gallons of contaminated water per day. (Western Organization of Resource Council)

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COLSTRIP, Mont. -- Many landowners in southeastern Montana are displeased with Talen Energy's decision to challenge a cleanup plan for Colstrip's coal ash ponds. The company, which is part owner of the Colstrip power plants, says the $285 million plan for retired Units 1 and 2 is "grossly excessiv

Maternal health specialists in Montana are connecting twice a month to support each other as part of Project ECHO. (AUFORT JÚrome/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Maternity health specialists are getting together to overcome the daunting size of Big Sky Country and its impact on their profession. The Montana Obstetrics and Maternal Support or MOMS program at the Billings Clinic is connecting providers in urban and rural areas to tackle a tro

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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