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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MT: Water

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

Missoula, MT – Montana waterways need to be protected against mining pollution, mining companies need to pay for what they take, and they need to help pay for cleanup when they pollute. Those are the results of a poll released today in which Montanans were asked about updating the 1872 Mining

Billings, MT – Montanans want wind and solar energy development rather then fossil-fueled or nuclear power plants. A new survey, for the Civil Society Institute and the Northern Plains Resource Council, found 72 percent of respondents say it's time to end the "tax holiday" for oil and gas prod

Helena, MT – The federal ban on leasing land for oil shale production could soon be lifted, if the U.S. Senate passes a proposal that is in both the House-approved energy bill and the federal spending bill. A proposal to remove the ban is expected this week, and although Montana has a limited

Helena, MT – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report documenting the ways climate change will affect people throughout the country. In Montana, smoke-filled air, earlier allergy seasons, and shorter fishing seasons are on the list, due to increased wildfires, drought, and

Missoula, MT – Montana will soon see new jobs in the trees. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has outlined projects on national forest land in Montana, Northern Idaho and North Dakota this year that will create more than 60 area jobs. People will be put to work repairing crumbling roads and trail

Billings, MT – There's a green light for clean water in Montana rivers and streams. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state's rules meant to limit pollution of rivers and streams by coal bed methane production. Tongue River rancher Mark Fix says it's been a long time comin

Helena, MT – Congress has set aside a big chunk of money for cleaning up the "roads less traveled" – or not traveled at all – in the national forests, and a nice slice of those funds will probably go to Montana. Lawmakers approved $39 million to clean up or shut down old roads in t

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