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PNS Daily Newscast - October 27, 2020 


Protests as Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court; New York targets transportation, the state's biggest source of carbon pollution.


2020Talks - October 27, 2020 


U.S. Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court in a nearly party-line vote. GOP Sen. Susan Collins, up for reelection, is the lone vote against.

Public News Service - MT: Gun Violence Prevention

Groups across the country have rallied against stay-at-home orders by channeling their frustrations at public officials. (paulacobleigh/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Militia groups are combining people's fear of the novel coronavirus and the Fourth of July weekend to recruit followers in Montana. Travis McAdam, research director with the Montana Human Rights Network, says groups with ties to white nationalism saw an opportunity when towns acro

Montana lawmakers have referred a measure to voters that would mean only the state could devise gun regulations. (md3d/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- After a contentious battle last year, voters will get to decide in November whether local Montana communities can write their own gun regulations. The pre-emption measure would remove local governments' authority to regulate firearms. It was passed and referred to voters last ye

An organization in Helena, Mont., is trying to reduce the 300 million guns in the United States. (National Center for Unwanted Firearms)

HELENA, Mont. – There's a gun for almost every American in the country. What happens to the guns nobody wants? The National Center for Unwanted Firearms, a nonprofit headquartered in Helena, is attempting to answer that question and make a dent in the large number of guns in the United States

Plastic particles were found in the majority of samples collected by volunteers for the Gallatin Microplastics Initiative. (Courtesy of Adventure Scientists)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Even as scientists discover worrying evidence of the large amount of plastic floating in the ocean, there's growing evidence the issue is far more pervasive. A recent study by the environmental group Adventure Scientists has found small pieces of plastic are all across the G

The Montana Department of Justice is reporting its findings on domestic violence deaths to a state legislative committee today. (Justin Brockie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Deaths from domestic violence are increasing across the state, according to a Montana Department of Justice report. Fatalities increased nearly 140 percent in 2015 and 2016, compared with the previous two years. For Native Americans, it jumped 150 percent over the same perio

Lethal injection faces a major roadblock in Montana. Credit: davidhills/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - The death penalty is at a stalemate in Montana, after a judge blocked the use of a particular lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Capital punishment remains legal, and while efforts to abolish it have failed, so have efforts to revive it. The judge ruled that pentobarbital cannot be

PHOTO: The latest edition of the Montana Kids Count Data Book shows that overall, the state is a good place to raise children. Courtesy Montana Kids Count.

HELENA, Mont. - Montana is home to more than 200,000 children, and a new report shows how they're doing "by the numbers." Mostly, the 2012 Montana Kids Count state book is full of good news, with higher levels of education, high numbers of children in two-parent families and low teen birth and chil

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