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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 

Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.

2020Talks - October 1, 2020 

Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Public News Service - WY: Civic Engagement

Seventy percent of all oil and gas leases granted royalty relief during the coronavirus health emergency were in Wyoming. (Richard Masoner/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Land Management is failing to ensure taxpayers receive a fair market value for oil and gas deposits on federal lands, according to a new report. Autumn Hanna, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said due to outdated and poor land-management policies, over t

Low-income residents in Wyoming pay an effective tax rate more than three times higher than the state's wealthiest 1%. (Pxhere)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming lawmakers face a $1.5 billion budget shortfall, a new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy suggests it might be time for the state to consider implementing a reliable, renewable revenue stream: an individual income tax. Meg Wiehe, deputy executive di

Japan, the primary potential buyer of Wyoming coal exports, plans to retire most of its coal fleet in favor of cheaper renewable energy and natural gas. (Jwvein/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are challenging Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon to invest $1 million to help impacted communities that depend on coal production, instead of promoting the state's coal deposits to Asian markets. Rob Joyce, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter,

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)

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

The Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis Project will allow clear-cut logging on 86,119 acres. (Calibas/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are weighing their options to protect habitat and watersheds after the U.S. Forest Service issued its final decision last week to allow logging on more than 235,000 acres, and bulldozing 600 miles of new roads in the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyom

Election experts say vote by mail will increase civic participation among front-line workers who pull 12- to 72-hour shifts and can't always make it to physical polling sites. (US Navy)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A majority of American voters - 58% - say vote by mail should be available to everyone in the upcoming November election due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent Politico and Morning Consult poll. Sylvia Albert, director of voting and elections with Co

In 2016, 81% of registered voters in Wyoming age 70-79 voted. In that same time period, just 34% percent of voters between the age of 18 and 24 cast ballots. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- On Monday, the nation's largest advocacy group for people age 50 and over launched a new voter mobilization campaign. AARP wants to ensure older Americans can vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic, and that local, state and federal candidates are listening to their top concer

As of February 2020, chronic wasting disease has been identified in 31 of 37 (84%) Wyoming mule deer herds, and 9 of 36 (25%) elk herds in Wyoming. (Skeeze/Pixabay)

SHERIDAN, Wyo. -- Wildlife managers in Wyoming are moving forward to combat chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose herds, after the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved a new statewide management plan. Brian Nesvik, State Game and Fish Department Director, said managers can pick and ch

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