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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and Trump�s '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: Social Justice

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

Most rural Americans with disabilities lack a nearby Social Security Administration office. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Rural people living with disabilities could feel the biggest impact from changes to the Social Security disability program. The Trump administration wants to review the disability benefits for about 1 million people more often, according to the Social Security Administration. This

From 2015-17, 58% of 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in Montana were not in school. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – School is back in session, but not for many of Montana's preschool-age children this year. After the state Legislature funded a two-year preschool pilot program in 2017, lawmakers were unable to come up with a deal this year to continue backing early childhood education, sett

In 2016, Whitefish, Mont., residents became the target of an online anti-Semitic harassment campaign. (WikiCapa/Wikimedia Commons)

WHITEFISH, Mont. – A federal judge has recommended that the architect of a harassment campaign against a Whitefish family should pay them more than $14 million in damages. The large sum could discourage other online attackers. Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer

Medicaid expansion currently covers about 96,000 Montanans. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – The public has an opportunity to comment on changes to Medicaid expansion that allow Montana to implement work requirements for recipients. The Montana Legislature agreed this session to allow expansion to continue, but followed states such as Arkansas and Indiana by requirin

HELENA, Mont. – Protests against conditions in detention centers at the U.S./Mexico border take place in Montana and across the nation today. A steady stream of details from the border is mobilizing people to call for immigrant detention centers to be shut down in "Lights for Liberty" vigils

False testimony from so-called incentivized witnesses is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions nationwide. (MargJohnsonVA/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Two bills designed to prevent wrongful convictions and defend the people accused are scheduled for a hearing in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday. Testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of these bills will be Cody Marble and Richard Burkhart, who spent a com

The Violence Against Women Act has provided greater protections for Native American women on tribal lands. (Marvin Lynchard/U.S. Dept. of Defense)

HELENA, Mont. – Federal legislation that funds resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence is set to expire at the end of September. State attorneys general, including Montana's Tim Fox, and groups across the country are urging Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Ag

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