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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - MT: Water

Montana's Tongue River is just one that could be affected by last-minute riders to the omnibus budget bill in Congress. Credit: Alexis Bonogofsky

BILLINGS, Mont. - Conservation groups are speaking out in favor of a "clean" budget bill - meaning one without riders that would weaken environmental protections. Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass the omnibus spending bill or face a government shutdown. Some lawmakers want to include controversial

The Stream Protection Rule is being debated in Washington. Credit: pharmshot/iStock

WASHINGTON - The proposed federal Stream Protection Rule is under attack in Washington D.C. It has already been the subject of several congressional hearings and will be heard before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee soon. Mining interests say the rule would do more harm tha

A new poll shows 75 percent of Montana voters support the Endangered Species Act. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Montanans like the Endangered Species Act, according to a poll of the state's voters, and the support holds strong no matter their party affiliation. Seventy-five percent of Montanans polled say they support the act, while 19 percent oppose it. Support is strongest among self-identi

The EPA released its final Clean Power Plan on Monday. Cold water fisheries in Montana have been affected by climate change because of reduced water volume, increased pollution and warming water temperatures. Credit: National Park Service.

LIVINGSTON, Mont. – The EPA's Clean Power Plan was finalized Monday, and the decision is connected to Montana's energy industry, agriculture and recreation. The plan requires states to reduce carbon emissions to slow the pace of climate change. While the plan allows states to decide how to d

A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. – When it comes to keeping small streams and wetlands clean, there's little controversy among hunters and anglers. A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Da

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling over new rules regulating mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change Montana operations, as Big Sky power plants have already complied with EPA rules. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. While the ruling means the agency has to rewrite s

Three conservation groups have filed suit over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's approval of a proposed copper and silver mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, on the grounds the development would harm endangered bull trout and grizzly bears. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MISSOULA, Mont. – Plans to mine and process 20,000 tons of silver and copper every day in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness are being challenged by a coalition of conservation groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found the proposed Montanore Mine would inflict substantial and irreversibl

PHOTO: Montana's Smith River has made the top 10 list for most endangered rivers, issued by the group American Rivers. Plans for a large copper mine are listed as a threat to the waterway.    Photo credit: Fish Eye Guy Photography.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's Smith River has made the top 10 list for most endangered rivers, issued by the group American Rivers. Waterways on the list each year are considered at high risk of pollution or other impairments because of development decisions expected in the coming year. In the case of

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