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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


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Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - MT: Consumer

Montana's new climate-change report addresses the health impacts of global warming, including poor air quality from more wildfire smoke. (Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- As wildfires rage across the West, a new report from the Montana Climate Solutions Council calls for a complete reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 2050. To reach this goal, the council recommends beefing up low-emission car standards and shifting away from a c

For the local food challenge, Montanans are encouraged to eat something grown locally everyday. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - This August is the fifth annual Montana Local Food Challenge. With the food supply chain and local businesses in a precarious state because of COVID-19, eating locally has added significance this year. During the challenge, Montanans are asked to eat something grown locally every da

The U.S. Postal Service was left out of coronavirus relief in the CARES Act. (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Postal workers are rallying across the country today for Save the Post Office Day. The U.S. Postal Service has struggled during COVID-19, projecting a $13 billion loss this year as a result of low mail volume. But it was left out of Congress' $2 trillion relief package passed in M

An orphaned oil well cleanup fund could put employees of the fossil fuel industry back to work, mitigating the environmental damage at abandoned well sites. (tristanbnz/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- The Trump administration and Congress are considering relief for the fossil fuel industry, which has been hit hard by low demand during the coronavirus pandemic. But one progressive group says the federal government should bail out the states that are dependent on energy productio

American Prairie Reserve's donation of bison meat to the Montana Food Bank Network is coming at time when some meat processors are closed due to COVID-19 (Mike Quist Kautz/APR)

HELENA, Mont. -- The American Prairie Reserve (APR) is donating about 4,000 pounds of harvested bison meat to the Montana Food Bank Network. The donation will amount to more than 12,000 meals' worth of bison meat and will help serve 165 pantries and other partners of the network. Need for the me

Nearly 60% of U.S. post offices are located in ZIP codes that have either a single bank branch or none at all.  (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many services of everyday life, including restricting hours at some banks. Postal workers see this as further proof that offering financial services at post offices is a good idea. Banking already is limited in many pa

Some cattle producers want the federal government to restore country-of-origin labeling to help their long-term economic prospects. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Already facing issues in the marketplace, ranchers and cattle farmers also are getting hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Billings-based group R-CALF USA, which represents independent cattle producers, is speaking with members of Congress and has sent an emergency letter to President

Well over three-quarters of Montana hunters are concerned with William Perry Pendley's job as acting BLM director, according to a new poll. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana hunters are wary of the direction of the Bureau of Land Management, according to a new poll. While nearly 60% of respondents to the Montana Wildlife Federation poll say they support the job President Donald Trump is doing, nearly 80% say they're either "very" or "somewhat"

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