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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - MT: Water

GRAPHIC: Subsidence cracks are one of the reasons landowners have filed a lawsuit against the BLM for granting a 2012 coal lease in Musselshell County. Image credit: Colorado Geological Survey

BILLINGS, Mont. - Coal mining in the Bull Mountains may not be all it's cracked up to be. Cracks in the earth related to mining, called subsidence cracks, are one of the reasons landowners have filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for granting a 2012 coal lease in Musselshell

PHOTO: The impact of climate change on cold-water fisheries in Montana will be discussed today at the Montana Conservation Voters annual meeting in Helena. CREDIT: mt.gov

HELENA, Mont. – Cold water is valuable to Montana. Cold-water fisheries in the Livingston region are worth upwards of $90 million a year in tourism money. But not all rivers have been open in recent years because of warming waters. That's one impact of climate change being discussed toda

PHOTO: A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Photo credit: USDA

RED LODGE, Mont. - A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Two groups are suing: Carbon County Resource Council (CCRC) and Northern Plains Resource Council. The BOGC said thos

PHOTO: 4,500 Montanans have signed a petition objecting to plans for fracking on the Beartooth Front. Photo credit: USGS

BILLINGS, Mont. - More than 4,500 Montanans are riled up over plans for fracking in the Beartooth Mountains and Bighorn Basin. They've signed a petition to the Energy Corporation of America, asking the company to pull its proposals for development. Deb Muth, who chairs the Carbon County Resource Co

PHOTO: The wind energy industry has been growing consistently in Montana, and a new report from Environment Montana shows the benefits go beyond energy production. Photo credit: Deborah Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Wind receives more marks in the "plus" column in a report released today by Environment Montana. The report calculated benefits in addition to the energy generated, said Kyla Maki, Clean Energy Program director, Montana Environmental Information Center. "We already know it benefits

PHOTO: Cover crops are good for farmers' bottom lines as well as rivers. Two new reports from the National Wildlife Federation find that the use of cover crops is growing, but still just a fraction of the potential. Photo courtesy NWF.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Growing in the off-season can bring more cash to the crop season. Two new reports from the National Wildlife Federation make the case that cover crops, which are growing in popularity, are a big plus to farmers' bottom lines, and they bring environmental benefits as well. Report

PHOTO: The Yellowstone River oil spill is not yet a distant memory, but oil from a pipeline isnít the only contaminant Montanans should be concerned about. A new report points to discharges from the coal ash pond at the Corette plant. Photo credit: MT.gov.

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Yellowstone River oil spill is not yet a distant memory, but oil from a pipeline isn't the only contaminant Montanans should be concerned about, according to a new report from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups. They're pointing fingers at water discharged from coa

PHOTO: There's a rally today in Billings to demand that Exxon pay the fine levied for the Yellowstone River oil spill two years ago. Photo courtesy of MT.gov.

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's been two years, so it's time for Exxon to pay up. That demand will be made at a rally today in Billings on the anniversary of the Exxon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration levied a $1.7

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