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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MT: Civic Engagement

For Montana counties that opt in for an all-mail primary this June, ballots must go out by May 8. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. - In response to the new coronavirus pandemic, Montana counties will have the option to conduct the June primary completely by mail. Gov. Steve Bullock has issued an order expanding mail-in ballots and early voting for the June 2 election, in order to help slow the spread of the viru

Protecting 30% of nature by 2030 will require preserving green spaces in urban areas. (Wesley Fryer/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- To combat the extinction and climate crises, the United Nations has proposed governments protect 30% of land and water by 2030. Montanans are taking the first step toward doing that on Tuesday. The Sierra Club's Montana chapter is holding a meeting in Missoula to identify land

Montana Conservation Voters is supporting candidates who will sit on the Land Board that favor protecting public lands. (Montana Conservation Voters)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Conservation Voters has released candidate endorsements for a state board key to public lands in the hopes of securing a conservation-minded majority. The State Board of Land Commissioners, also known as the Land Board, decides on issues that affect state-owned public land

Three years after an estimated 4 million people gathered in the streets, the Women's March is taking place again across the country. (Montanasuffragettes/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Women's March returns to cities around the globe ahead of the crucial 2020 election. Three years ago, protestors took to the streets in droves the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. An estimated 10,000 people showed up for the Helena march in 2017. Ronnie Whitake

Montana has 25 electric cooperatives. One critic says co-op boards could be more representative of its members. (Guntherize/Adobe Stock)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. – Nearly half of Montanans are members and owners of an electric cooperative, putting power into their hands in more ways than one. But many co-ops have come under scrutiny for hindering member engagement. Lara Birkes is a sustainability policy consultant in Livingston wh

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., gave the keynote speech at Montana Conservation Voters' 20th anniversary celebration. (Montana Conservation Voters)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. – A "who's who" of Montana conservationists gathered in Livingston on Thursday to celebrate Montana Conservation Voters' 20th birthday. The group rang in two decades of work educating voters about environmental issues. Its executive director, Aaron Murphy, said the list of c

Montanans in cities including Bozeman, Helena and Missoula are joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montanans are joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday to demand action on climate change. More than 3,400 climate-strike events are planned in 120 countries. The youth-led movement is to take place in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Monda

Conservation groups estimate the Land and Water Conservation Fund has paid for more than half of the fishing access sites across Montana. (Skeeze/Pixabay)

MISSOULA, Mont. — Conservation groups are holding a rally in Missoula today to press Sen. Steve Daines to back full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The rally starts at 11 a.m. at the DoubleTree Edgewater Hotel, where Daines is headlining a forum by the City Club Missoula. A

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