PNS Daily News - July 15, 2020 

The Trump Administration reverses course on international student rule; the ultra-rich keep getting richer; and rental costs are burdens for low-wage workers.

2020Talks - July 15, 2020 

Biden follows up on a climate policy plan from his task force, made up of his and Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters. Alabama, Maine and Texas had elections; new data from California's March presidential primary show 1.5% of returned absentee ballots rejected.

Public News Service - MT: Urban Planning/Transportation

Finding a charging station can induce anxiety for electric-vehicle owners, but six stations are located in and around Yellowstone National Park. (Herbert/National Parks Service)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans will have to change how they get around in order to cut their carbon footprint, and a new report offers a road map on how to get there. Among the recommendations in "Destination: Zero Carbon" is phasing out fossil fuel powered car sales by 2035. Skye Borden, state direc

A new ad campaign from the group Moms Clean Air Force praises Gov. Steve Bullock's energy blueprint. (Moms Clean Air Force)

HELENA, Mont. - Clean energy advocates have just launched a media blitz during the Olympics, with ads on TV and radio in Billings, Missoula and Helena praising Governor Steve Bullock's energy blueprint. The nonprofit advocacy group, called Moms Clean Air Force, is trying to bring attention to the pl

Coal miner. Credit: joebelanger/iStock

BILLINGS, Mont. - Environmental groups are speaking out about Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's decision to join a lawsuit that would block the "carbon rule" section of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. On Friday, Montana joined 23 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency sayi

PHOTO: Helen Slottje, a legal expert on fracking, is speaking about community rights at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Photo courtesy of Helen Slottje.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A legal expert on "local control" is speaking in Montana on Saturday about how local laws can help communities protect themselves against fracking and other oil and gas development. Attorney Helen Slottje's legal research has inspired more than 200 communities around the country t

PHOTO: The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation will listen to public complaints about its website today. The Northern Plains Resource Council has requested better transparency at the agency, as people living near areas of intense oil and gas development seek details on impacts. Photo of a Bakken drill rig by Stephanie Gaswirth/USGS.

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) meets today and the first topic of business is a request from the Northern Plains Resource Council to improve public access to information about the impacts of oil and gas development. Council member Pat Wilson of Bainville says as a r

PHOTO: Ten Montana farmers and ranchers voiced concerns about rail shipping delays during the National Farmers Union Fly-in to Washington, D.C., this week. Photo credit: Library of Congress

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Railroads are the backbone of agriculture for Montana. Rail shipping gets products to markets, grain elevators and export terminals, but scheduling rail cars has become trickier with the expansion of oil production in the Bakken. That's the experience Montana Farmers Union membe

PHOTO: A new report raises questions about whether the rail system can handle more loads of coal and oil from the Powder River Basin - bound for markets overseas. Photo credit: Energy Information Administration.

BILLINGS, Mont. – A new report on rail shipping shows the tracks already are congested in several areas, and as Powder River Basin coal is marketed for export, it raises questions about whether there's room for that much additional rail traffic. Terry Whiteside, the report’s author, sa

PHOTO: This is Teen Driver Safety Week. A survey shows 55 percent of Montana teens admit to texting and driving. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Cutting distractions and buckling up are two goals for Teen Driver Safety Week in Montana this week. Montana has the highest traffic fatality rate in the nation, even when distance traveled is taken into account - and it's a trend that holds true for teen drivers. Denise Juneau, Mo

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