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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - MT: Environment

Estimates from 2016 found there are about 690 grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. (Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Conservation groups are challenging in court the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to strip Yellowstone grizzly bears of endangered species protection. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Missoula and says Fish and Wildlife's decision to take g

Rancher Seth Newton has been concerned for years about a radioactive oil waste facility upstream from his property. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – After more than four years of urging, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has released draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Since 2013, the Oaks Disposal facility near Glendive has been the destination for more than 250,000 to

Marne Hayes, head of Business for Montana's Outdoors, and other western business leaders were in Montana on Wednesday, defending national monuments. (Business for Montana's Outdoors)

HELENA, Mont. – Western business leaders gathered in Montana on Wednesday to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep national monuments the way they are. The business leaders came from Montana, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah to defend national monuments not just in thei

The river walkers are traveling from the Missouri River's headwaters in Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi in Missouri. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

THREE FORKS, Mont. – Women from native tribes across the country begin their walk along the Missouri River today to show their respect for the water and raise awareness about protecting it. Starting at the headwaters in Three Forks, Montana, the women will walk over the next month and a half

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing the highest stage of drought. (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

CIRCLE, Mont. -- Montana is suffering from wildfires and possibly the worst drought in 30 years, bringing lots of pain to farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing "exceptional drought," the highest level measured. The northeastern part of

A new bill would protect 30,000 acres in Custer-Gallatin National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park, from mining. (Michael Barton/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Efforts to protect the area surrounding the gateway to Yellowstone National Park in Montana reached the Senate in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Sen. Jon Tester's Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. The bill p

Last year, Glacier National Park experienced record high attendance. (Wesley Fryer/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – National parks in Montana and across the country expect big crowds as Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and summer rolls on. But public-lands advocates are concerned about the combination of park maintenance backlogs that now total more than $11 billion - and plans to sl

Veteran Michael Jarnevic of Milltown, Mont., and the Vet Voice Foundation is in Washington, D.C., defending protections for sage grouse. (Vet Voice Foundation)

HELENA, Mont. -- Veterans from the West, including Montana, are in Washington, D.C., today to tell Congress not to undermine the country's sage grouse management plans. The Vet Voice Foundation is in town because the National Defense Authorization Act is on the table - and in years past, it has in

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