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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - MT: Poverty Issues

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

Some Native Americans are turning to traditional healing methods and culture to address health disparities for their communities. (Kate Brady/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – It was when Annie Belcourt was having her own children that she realized some of the insidious ways health disparities for Native Americans reveal themselves. Belcourt, a psychologist and University of Montana professor who grew up on a Blackfeet Reservation, now studies th

The Montana Food Bank Network works with 140 partners across the state to provide meals to kids over the summer. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

MISSOULA, Mont. – During the summer months, children need food assistance more than ever. One in five children in Montana lives in a food insecure home, meaning he or she isn't sure where a next meal is coming from. Many of these children rely on free and reduced meals during the school ye

The BackPack assistance program is designed to help the nearly 48,000 children who are food insecure in Montana.(and the rest/flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Thanksgiving is a time when families get together and eat wonderful food. But some Montanans are less fortunate during the holidays. One in seven people in Montana struggles with hunger, including nearly 48,000 children who aren't sure where their next meal will come from.

Native Americans make up about 6.5 percent of Montana's population. (EWULibraries/flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. – With two months left before Election Day, one group is encouraging Montana's Native American population to register to vote. The social justice group Western Native Voice is organizing for the upcoming election, often traveling long distances across the Treasure State. Bu

Doctor shortages are just one challenge facing small-town hospitals, and one of the topics at Sen. Jon Tester's Rural Health Summit today in Ennis, Mont. (Machineheadz/iStockphoto)

ENNIS, Mont. - Rural hospitals are the backbone of many small communities and experts say quite a few are in danger of closing if the government cuts reimbursements any further. That's one of the main topics at the Rural Health Summit today in the town of Ennis, southwest of Bozeman. Senator Jon

The topic at Montana's Equal Pay Summit in Bozeman today is the pay gap, in a state where a woman makes 74 cents on the dollar compared to a man. (Imagesource/iStockphoto)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's working women make on average only 74 cents on the dollar compared to men; the ninth-worst pay gap in the country. That's the issue being addressed today at the third annual Equal Pay Summit at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is sponsored by the Governor's

About 58,000 Montanans have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace since November. (AARP)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana is making a serious dent in its number of uninsured residents with 58,000 people enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance through the federal insurance marketplace in the past three months. The third annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act just ended

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