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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - WY: Rural/Farming

Nearly 6,000 big game animals such as deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats die each year from collisions with vehicles on Wyoming's highways and interstates. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming took a big first step toward blazing a new trail on managing big game migration corridors when Gov. Mark Gordon signed an executive order last week. Dan Stanton, a biologist and sportsman's representative on the governor's advisory group on migration, says keeping paths o

Elk at winter feedlots are at risk of chronic wasting disease, which assaults the central nervous systems of elk, deer and moose, resulting in brain lesions, behavioral changes, a loss of body condition, and always death. (USFWS)

JACKSON, Wyo. -- A coalition of conservation groups is taking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court over the agency's proposal to postpone phasing out winter feeding at the Jackson Hole National Elk Refuge. Recent winters have seen more than 8,000 elk crowded on Refuge feedlines for alfalfa

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the killing of up to 72 grizzly bears over the 10-year life of a livestock grazing program on public lands in Wyoming. (Janko Ferlic/Pexels)

JACKSON, Wyo. -- Wildlife advocates are pushing back on plans to allow 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, said while grizzly populations have incre

The reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park led to improved waterway habitat, declining coyote and elk numbers, and an increase in beavers, birds, willow and aspen. (NPS)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- It's been 25 years since wolves were brought back into Yellowstone National Park, and park officials say the animal's future is on track to continue to be a healthy, contributing member of the Yellowstone family. Park representative Linda Veress says wolves have

Migration routes allow mule deer and other species to move between winter habitat and areas with enough cover and food to give birth in spring. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Hunting groups are praising Gov. Mark Gordon for his work to protect the state's iconic migration corridors for mule deer and pronghorn antelope. The governor has released a draft executive order to key stakeholders, and Joy Bannon -- policy director for the Wyoming Wildlife Fede

Scientists say regenerative farming practices that don't use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides can help capture more carbon from the atmosphere and create healthier soil for crops. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Agriculture is the fourth-largest producer of climate pollution. Now farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. have launched a campaign urging Congress to pass a Green New Deal that supports regenerative family farming and ranching practices over industrial-scale agribusiness.

More than half of the Trump administration's trade war bailouts for farmers went to just one tenth of the program's recipients. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Farm subsidies meant to offset the impacts of the Trump administration's trade war have been swept up by the nation's largest farms, according to new analysis by the Environmental Working Group. Don Carr, a senior adviser with the group, says the bottom 80% of farmers with s

Wildlife biologists point to the reintroduction of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone ecosysten as one reason ecological balance has been restored in the region, including the resurgence of willows, cottonwoods and songbirds. (Pixabay)

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in all lower 48 states. Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies were officially delisted in 2008, and in Wyoming it is legal to kill wolves outside the Yellowstone ecosystem, or in

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