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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: Children's

The 2020 census can be filled out online. (Aldeca Productions/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- The 2020 census is here, and officials are spreading the word that households shouldn't forget one chronically undercounted population: young children. In the 2010 census, 2 million kids from birth to age 5 nationwide were missed. For Native Americans in Montana, the issue is comp

The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A federal court is considering challenges to a four-decades-old law put in place to protect Native American children against state-led efforts to break up families. Judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments this week on the Indian Child Welfare Act or ICWA, which g

Montana schools are required to have bullying prevention plans. (soupstock/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – October is National Bullying Prevention Month, bringing awareness to this issue's growing impact on students. According to the 2019 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 22% of students across the state say they've been bullied on campus, and nearly 18% say they've been bullied

As of Friday, the CDC is looking into 450 cases of a severe respiratory illness that could be linked to vaping. (lezinav/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – As the number of deaths possibly linked to e-cigarettes climbs, health officials are urging people not to use them. State health officials across the country in the past week have connected vaping to a mysterious and deadly illness, and it's prompted the Centers for Disease C

From 2015-17, 58% of 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in Montana were not in school. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – School is back in session, but not for many of Montana's preschool-age children this year. After the state Legislature funded a two-year preschool pilot program in 2017, lawmakers were unable to come up with a deal this year to continue backing early childhood education, sett

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends lead levels in drinking water not exceed one part per billion in schools. (Rafael Ben-Ari/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. – A proposed rule change in Montana would require schools to test for contaminants like lead in their water systems every quarter. The state Department of Health and Human Services originally planned on taking comments until July, but has extended the cutoff to mid-September. S

There are more than 90 summer meal sites throughout Montana. (Missoula Food Bank)

HELENA, Mont. — Summer can be a difficult time for hungry children. In Montana, about one-in-six children lives in a food insecure household where they aren’t sure how they will get their next meal. Lorianne Burhop, chief policy officer with the Montana Food Bank Network, said while th

The Montana Historical Society is laying off nine people due to budget cuts. (Courtesy of Sanna Porte)

HELENA, Mont. – The full scope of pain from impending budget cuts is coming into view for public employees and the Montanans they serve. Lawmakers turned down a number of bills to increase the state's revenue, and now the state faces a shortfall that will lead to $70 million in cuts. Jill

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