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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - MT: Social Justice

Montana has allowed same-day voter registration since 2005. (jccain/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A bill in the Montana Legislature could build barriers to voting, opponents of the measure contended. House Bill 176 would end same-day voter registration and close late, in-person registration by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before election day. Ruthie Barbour, issue advocacy organize

About 17,000 Montanans are behind bars or under criminal-justice supervision, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (Proxima Studio/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Groups from across the political spectrum are coming together to push for criminal-justice reform during the Montana legislative session. The Montana Coalition for Public Safety formed after President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act, enacting reforms on the federal level. D

About 700 people reportedly are members of the militia group People's Rights in Montana. (Mariusz Blach/Adobe Stock)

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Updated to include map of US militia activity from MilitiaWatch and ACLED: 10/24/2020 11:58 MST HELENA, Mont. - Membership in a far-right militia network in the Northwest reportedly has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montana Human Rights Network and Institute for Research

Montana State University is hosting U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo for Indigenous Peoples Day. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- On Monday, many Montanans will be celebrating indigenous people rather than Christopher Columbus. Four Treasure State cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in order to recognize native culture and history. Marsha Small, an earth sciences doctoral student a

While many Montanans hope to vote by mail in the November election, a pending lawsuit could take away that choice. (Adobe Stock)

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MISSOULA, Mont. - The future of Montana's vote-by-mail option for the November election could be decided any day now, after a legal challenge wrapped up this week in federal court. President Donald Trump and other Republican groups sued the state over Gov. Steve Bullock's decision to let counties

A new poll finds many Montanans don't feel safe going to a polling place and would rather vote by mail this November. (Alcorn Imagery/Adobe Stock)

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MISSOULA, Mont. -- Most Montanans are hoping to vote by mail this November, according to a new poll. The University of Montana's Big Sky Poll finds 66% of voters want to cast their ballots at their mailbox. Sara Rinfret, chair of the UM Department of Public Administration and Policy and co-direc

Groups across the country have rallied against stay-at-home orders by channeling their frustrations at public officials. (paulacobleigh/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Militia groups are combining people's fear of the novel coronavirus and the Fourth of July weekend to recruit followers in Montana. Travis McAdam, research director with the Montana Human Rights Network, says groups with ties to white nationalism saw an opportunity when towns acro

Voting by mail is hard for Native Americans who live on reservations because the vast majority use post office boxes. (ray_explores/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Native Americans are facing a series of barriers to voting in Montana's upcoming primary election. Due to COVID-19, all Montana counties are providing a vote-by-mail option. Marci McLean, executive director of Western Native Voice, said this presents the first challenge for Native

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