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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - MT: Civic Engagement

Misinformation often exploits people's deeply held beliefs to get a reaction out of them. (MclittleStock/Adobe Stock)

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Misinformation is a top concern for election officials, especially as the pandemic transforms the election. In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock is allowing counties to conduct mail-in voting, and Gallatin County decided this week to do just that. But Casey Hayes, election manager for

The U.S. Postal Service works with local election officials to ensure the security of mailed-in ballots. (Lucid_Exposure/Adobe Stock)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. -- The U.S. Postal Service has warned Montana and other states that ballots may not arrive in time to be counted in the November election, raising alarms that voters could be disenfranchised. But one post office worker says folks should put more faith in the Postal Service. Robin

A new poll finds many Montanans don't feel safe going to a polling place and would rather vote by mail this November. (Alcorn Imagery/Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Most Montanans are hoping to vote by mail this November, according to a new poll. The University of Montana's Big Sky Poll finds 66% of voters want to cast their ballots at their mailbox. Sara Rinfret, chair of the UM Department of Public Administration and Policy and co-direc

The Good Neighbor Agreement between a mining company and Montana conservation groups ensures citizen oversight of water quality. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

BILLINGS, Mont. - An unlikely pairing of conservation and industrial interests in Montana is celebrating two decades of cooperation today. In these divisive times, it could serve as a model for bringing more folks together. The Good Neighbor Agreement was signed on May 8, 2000, between the Stillwa

Voting by mail is hard for Native Americans who live on reservations because the vast majority use post office boxes. (ray_explores/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. -- Native Americans are facing a series of barriers to voting in Montana's upcoming primary election. Due to COVID-19, all Montana counties are providing a vote-by-mail option. Marci McLean, executive director of Western Native Voice, said this presents the first challenge for Native

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

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