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PNS Daily News - October 14, 2019 


Syrian military moves in as the U.S. moves out; and Colorado looks at Public Option health plans. Plus, Indigenous Peoples Day.

2020Talks - October 15, 2019 


Tonight, 12 candidates will take the fourth Democratic debate stage in Westerville, Ohio. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will be there, despite considering a boycott of the event.

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Public News Service - MT: Water

Montana officials have shut down a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River due to a parasite infecting whitefish. (Kurt Haubrich/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Governor Steve Bullock held a meeting yesterday about access to resources and job training for Montanans who have been affected by the closure of nearly 200 miles of the Yellowstone River due to a parasite killing whitefish. Earlier this month, the stretch of river and its tributar

Conservation groups are asking the State of Montana to tighten regulations on companies disclosing the chemical content used in fracking. (Environmental Defense Fund)

HELENA, Mont. — Two groups petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation on Tuesday, asking to close loopholes that they said keep landowners in the dark about potentially toxic chemicals being injected into the ground at drilling sites. Derf Johnson, water program director for th

A coal ash sludge pond at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant. (Alexis Bonogofsky)

COLSTRIP, Mont. - The dirty coal ash ponds at Colstrip that have been polluting the aquifer for decades will be replaced with a safer system by 2022, part of a settlement filed in court on Thursday. The owners have agreed to dehydrate the sludge in the bottom ash pits from Units 3 and 4 and dispose

The Flathead River is part of the watershed covered by the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe's water compact.(skeeze/pixabay)

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION, Mont. -- The water compact between the state of Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes moved one step closer to reality on Thursday as U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced a bill to ratify the agreement. If passed by Congress, it would resolve the tribes' lo

Hunting and fishing groups are cheering the defeat in the U.S. Senate of an amendment that would have lifted certain EPA protections from smaller streams. (Montana Wildlife Federation)

HELENA, Mont. – Hunting and angling groups are praising the U.S. Senate for defeating an amendment on Thursday that would have blocked certain Environmental Protection Agency clean water protections on smaller streams and tributaries. The amendment to the energy appropriations bill would hav

A proposed coal strip mine at Otter Creek in southeastern Montana will not be built, after Arch Coal asked to suspend the permit process on Thursday. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - In what ranchers and conservation groups are calling a big victory, Arch Coal announced Thursday that it is dropping its bid to build the proposed Otter Creek mine project - and that means the associated Tongue River Railroad is dead as well. Local ranchers and conservation advocate

Montana's delegation in Washington, D.C., got mixed reviews in the 2015 League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. (pharnshot/iStockphotos)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana's lone congressman and one of its two senators got some of the lowest scores in the country on the League of Conservation Voters' annual Environmental Scorecard, released Wednesday. The report showed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke voted for pro-conservation bills just three percent o

Conservation groups are fighting to remove a dam in Southeastern Montana in order to save the endangered pallid sturgeon. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

GLENDIVE, Mont. - The public has a little over a week left to offer opinions about the fight to save an ancient species of fish from localized extinction on the Yellowstone River in Southeastern Montana. The endangered pallid sturgeon has survived for millennia, and individual fish can live 60 ye

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