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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Public News Service - WY: Rural/Farming

Animals can contract Chronic Wasting Disease through prions, which persist long after an infected animal dies by eating plants in contaminated areas. (PXhere)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming lawmakers are considering a proposal which would require a governor's order before any of the state's winter elk feedlots could be phased out. Jonathan Ratner, Wyoming director for the Western Watersheds Project, said the move ignores basic science, and warned it would mak

In Wyoming, 54 wolves were killed this year in trophy hunting season, with from 10 to 20 killed in livestock conflicts, out of a total population of 300. (Pixabay)

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JACKSON, Wyo. -- The first case of chronic wasting disease in elk reported by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has reopened debate on current wildlife management programs. Kristin Combs, executive director for Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, said she hopes the public will weigh in on the agency's a

Wildlife advocates are concerned that drawing large numbers of elk to winter feedlots, where they are in close proximity for months at a time, could lead to outbreaks of chronic wasting disease. (NPS)

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JACKSON, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reconsidering how it manages the state's winter elk-feeding grounds, in part to mitigate the risk of infectious diseases, and the agency is looking for public input to develop a long-term plan. Mark Gocke, public information specialist for th

A new management plan released by the U.S. Forest Service would expand the shooting and poisoning of native prairie dogs, a critical food source for the endangered black-footed ferret. (Needpix)

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The U.S. Forest Service will allow prairie dogs to be eradicated in what had been a protected section of the Thunder Basin National Grassland in northeastern Wyoming. Conservation groups say that makes it almost impossible for the endangered black-footed ferret to recover in the U.S.

Conservationists hope new migration-route maps will help state and federal agencies reverse the trend of declining mule deer populations in Wyoming. (Needpix)

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wildlife managers across the West have a new tool when it comes to protecting iconic big game. A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides detailed maps of GPS-tracked migration routes for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and bison. Matthew Kauffman, a USG

Wolves are considered a keystone species whose presence on landscapes helps regulate deer and elk grazing and improves ecosystem health. (Jospeh Almendarez/Pixy)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Western wolf advocates have filed official notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to strip gray wolves of federal protections. Kelly Nokes, attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center said wolves do not even inhabit 20% of their hi

Culling mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park is scheduled for mid-September through mid-November, when grizzly bears are in hyperphagia, a period of increased calorie intake in preparation for hibernation. (Gregory Smith/Flickr)

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JACKSON, Wyo. -- As Grand Teton National Park prepares to cull mountain goats to protect bighorn sheep populations from disease, conservationists are sounding the alarm about the potential harm to endangered grizzly bears if hunters are sent in to do the job. Kristin Combs, executive director of W

Wyoming's decision to not expand Medicaid coverage has cost the state nearly $1 billion in federal tax dollars since 2013. (U.S. Army Reserve)

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- As more Wyoming workers lose their job-related health insurance because of downturns in the coal, oil and gas industries during the COVID-19 health emergency, state lawmakers are reconsidering the option of expanding Medicaid health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Jen Sim

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