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PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 


COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - MT: Water

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

PHOTO: A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. He vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns about the impact on development of new renewable projects. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. The governor vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns that the move would a

PHOTO: Last weekend's oil spill along the Yellowstone River appears to be similar in size to the 2011 spill pictured here, which also affected the Yellowstone River. This spill took months to clean and cost $135 million, but cleanup efforts for the current spill have been hampered because of the frozen river and wintertime conditions. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

GLENDIVE, Mont. - An oil pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River last weekend still is being assessed, but a Bridger Pipeline company spokesman says it's estimated that about 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude spilled into the water upstream of Glendive. Dena Hoff, a member of the Northern Plains Reso

PHOTO: Several rural Montana electricity co-op members are encouraging co-ops to diversify their energy sources, including adding more wind and solar. Photo credit: Bob Henson/National Science Foundation.

FERGUS COUNTY, Mont. - Rural electric co-ops in Western Montana have made no secret of their opposition to proposed EPA rules that would require a reduction in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Some of the co-ops have long-term contracts with energy companies to purchase coal-generated

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: Conservation of west-slope cutthroat trout habitat connected to Tenderfoot Creek is one of the case studies in a new report about how Land and Water Conservation Fund projects benefit local recreation economies. The report also calls for the fund to be reauthorized at its full amount next year. Photo credit: National Park Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - Birthday No. 50 was this week for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The money, which comes from offshore oil and gas royalties, has been used for parks, trails, sport fields, open spaces and recreation access across the nation. In Montana, the funds also have been used for con

PHOTO: Two trail-clearing and maintenance projects are scheduled in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness this fall, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act. Photo credit: Kyle Martens, Montana Conservation Corps

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Crews of young people are ready to get to work improving trails and upgrading access on public lands in Montana. The projects are part of the Fifty for the 50th celebration of the Wilderness Act. Bobby Grillo, regional supervisor for the Montana Conservation Corps, which i

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