PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 

Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - MT: Water

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

PHOTO: Coal activist Janet Keating is speaking at the Northern Plains Resource Council annual meeting.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A well-known coal activist from Appalachia will share her insights on fighting for public health and economic justice at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council tomorrow (Saturday) in Billings. Janet Keating says West Virginia has paid a high price for years of

PHOTO: Loaded coal train cars.

HELENA, Mont. - Questions about the effects of an increase in coal train traffic through Montana have been raised by local groups - most notably, the Northern Plains Resource Council - in recent months. Now, a national organization is urging caution. The National Wildlife Federation has issued a re

BROADUS, Mont. - The State Land Board will get the final say when it comes to protecting private property, air and water impacted by mining Otter Creek coal tracts. a federal judge has ruled. Judge Joseph Hegel also ruled that the board did not have to consider environmental impacts of mining the 1

HELENA, Mont. - Most Montana voters think of themselves as "conservationists," according to a new poll of attitudes throughout the Rockies. Lori Weigel with the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies found 80 percent of Montana voters don't agree with political rhetoric that puts the econ

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