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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MT: Water

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

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation Report,

POLSON, Mont. – High gold, silver and copper prices have led to renewed interest in hard rock mining, and a new report takes a look at what that would mean for tribal lands. The study by the National Wildlife Federation examines two regulations in the Clean Water Act that exempt the industry

PHOTO: A report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils says Montana needs to start tracking water usage in hydraulic fracturing. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BAINVILLE, Mont. – Seven billion gallons of water a year are being used in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to get to oil and gas. That number is in a new report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils, which points out that it's a

PHOTO: A film showing the accelerated pace of climate change is showing in Bozeman Thursday. Courtesy of EarthVision

BOZEMAN, Mont. - A documentary featuring several years' worth of images that offer a window into how climate change is affecting landscapes is showing Thursday in Bozeman, and some Bozeman High School students are hoping for a packed house. The film "Chasing Ice" showcases three years of time-lapse

PHOTO: The Montana Land Board is set to vote on state land easements for the Keystone X-L Pipeline

HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Land Board is set to vote today on state land easements for the Keystone XL Pipeline. It's a vote that Jim Jensen, the Montana Environmental Information Center's executive director, says is premature because the environmental analysis for the project hasn't been finalized

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