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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - MT: Consumer

Finding a charging station can induce anxiety for electric-vehicle owners, but six stations are located in and around Yellowstone National Park. (Herbert/National Parks Service)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans will have to change how they get around in order to cut their carbon footprint, and a new report offers a road map on how to get there. Among the recommendations in "Destination: Zero Carbon" is phasing out fossil fuel powered car sales by 2035. Skye Borden, state direc

Montana received nearly $3 billion dollars from programs that use census data in fiscal year 2016. (gustavofrazao/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- An accurate census count is most important to rural states, such as Montana, and poorer states, according to a new study. States receive $1.5 trillion from programs guided by census data each year. In Montana, those programs made up more than 12% of personal income in 2017, accord

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

The American Prairie Reserve is expanding options for people to stay on Montana's unique grasslands. (Reid Morth/American Prairie Reserve)

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- It may be winter but thoughts of sunnier days already are on people's minds in northeastern Montana. The American Prairie Reserve, a growing, nonprofit conservation project attempting to protect Montana's grasslands, wants the public to see this unique landscape. And there are si

The Bureau of Land Management oversees livestock grazing on 155 million acres of land. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Bureau of Land Management is taking steps toward sweeping reforms of its livestock grazing regulations -- a move some groups say could lead to more conflict and environmental harm. Permitting rules have long been a sticking point between ranchers and the BLM. Grazing regulatio

Montana farmers have received less than 1% of the federal subsidies to offset losses from the trade war. (Matt/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- If Montana Farmers Union President Walter Schweitzer could describe 2019 for farmers in one word, it would be "struggle." While the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes are up 10% over last year, Schweitzer says small family farms still are getting squeezed by commodit

An Interior Department advisory committee has suggested the National Park Service privatize some campgrounds, among other recommendations. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The disbanding of an Interior Department advisory committee last month quieted some of the talk on privatizing features of national parks. But Jayson O'Neill, deputy director of the Western Values Project, a Montana-based public lands watchdog group, says that was the beginni

More than 80% of Montanans say they want more dedicated conservation funding  even if it means higher taxes. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans are willing to “put their money where their mouth is" when it comes to conservation, according to a new survey. The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has released results of its summer survey of more than 11,000 residents, or about 1% of the state's population.

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