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Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - MT: Civic Engagement

With the election over, eyes turn to the Montana legislative session and other political gatherings. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Voting soared among students in Montana and across the country for the midterm election. But now that the election is over, what will keep them engaged in politics and civic life? Campus Compact, an organization that works with colleges and universities to get students enga

Anson Nygaard, a veteran who lives in Montana, says the thought of

HELENA, Mont. – With Veterans Day approaching, one Montana vet is speaking up for public lands. Anson Nygaard spent two years on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and when he returned in 2012, decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Nygaard says the trek helped him re-calibrate and settle

Investigative journalist John Adams follows the trail of campaign contributions in the documentary

HELENA, Mont. – A new documentary follows the path of dark money in elections after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision – using Montana as a case study. The film "Dark Money" looks at Montana's past, when out-of-state developers bribed their way into office and led Big S

Jade Bahr, who is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, is running for Montana Legislature, for the House seat in Billings. (Mark Cetrone Photography)

BILLINGS, Mont. – The number of Native Americans running for political office is surging across the country this year. More than 100 candidates representing both parties have entered contests, according to Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today – with Montana seeing the highest n

Leonard Higgins and four other activists shut down 15 percent of the country's oil imports in 2016. (Climate Direct Action)

FORT BENTON, Mont. — A climate activist who shut down an oil pipeline in Montana in 2016 will not receive jail time for his actions. On Tuesday, a judge in Fort Benton gave Leonard Higgins a deferred sentence of three years and ordered him to pay $3,700 in restitution to the oil pipeline comp

For more than 40 years, the League of Conservation Voters has graded members of Congress based on their votes on environmental issues. (David Restivo/National Park Service)

HELENA, Mont. — Montana's congressional delegation is split on protecting the environment, according to the scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters on Tuesday. The scorecard grades Treasure State lawmakers on 19 Senate and 35 House votes in 2017 related to the environment, energy,

Ken Ward and four other climate activists took action into their own hands on Oct. 11, 2016, and shut down pipelines in four states. (

MISSOULA, Mont. — In October 2016, five climate activists shut down oil pipelines by hand in a coordinated effort across four states, stopping about 15 percent of the country's oil imports for nearly a day. The film "The Reluctant Radical" is about one of those activists, Ken Ward. And it ha

Ambrin Masood is a professor at Montana State University Billings and speaks to audiences about her Muslim faith. (Courtesy of Dr. Ambrin Masood)

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the Friday presentation mentioned here had to be postponed. When we receive more information, we will include it. ENNIS, Mont. – Ambrin Masood travels around Montana talking about her Muslim faith. In Big Sky Country, Muslims make up a very small part of th

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