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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - MT: Water

HELENA, Mont. - The national forest roadless rule may have reached the end of its journey. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the original rule is back in place - tossing out the Bush administration decision to repeal the rule's protections for about 60 million acres nationwide. More than

Birney, MT - Good food, good music and lively debates are expected this Saturday as hundreds throughout the Tongue River Valley gather in Birney for the annual barbecue. The area has long been known as a farming and ranching valley, but in recent years, coal bed methane development, a proposed coal

Helena, MT – This weekend is the kick-off of the river recreation season in Montana. Rivers are running high and fast, which is a lure for whitewater lovers, but it’s also the time of year when river accidents peak. Kevin Lewis was a long-time board member for American Whitewater, who

Helena, MT – A veto stamp is seen as a bridge over troubled waters by many senior water rights holders in Montana. Governor Brian Schweitzer has turned thumbs down on a bill that would have reclassified water pumped out of the ground during coal bed methane production as "surface water" rather

Helena, MT – Montana legislators are considering new regulations for buildings along all or parts of ten rivers. Lawmakers held a public hearing yesterday on the Big Sky Rivers Act, which would establish a 250-foot setback on the Yellowstone, Gallatin, Missouri, Clark Fork and Flathead Rivers,

Washington, D.C. - Hardrock mining operators may find it's time to pay up after well over a century of royalty-free mining. A bill now in Congress to reform the 1872 hardrock mining law would create royalties for mining on public lands like those that oil and gas and coal companies pay. At the same

Several environmental groups have filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to challenge a plan that clears the way for oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. While many promote oil shale as a non-foreign answer to the nation's oil needs, the lawsuit references BLM researc

Seeley Lake, MT – A request for economic stimulus in rural Montana has been sent to the state's congressional delegation. The Montana Forest Restoration Steering Committee is asking them to help secure federal dollars to fund an estimated $100 million worth of pending restoration projects on 1

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