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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - MT: Climate Change/Air Quality

A new environmental scorecard shows a big difference in priorities for Montana's congressional delegation. (Pat Fosse/BLM)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Montana congressional delegation's grades were high and low without much in between on a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters Friday. The scoring was based on legislative votes on environment, energy and public health issues in 2016. D

A new report finds the federal coal program is in need of reforming. Most federally leased coal mines are on the Great Plains. (Doc Searls/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. – A new report from the Bureau of Land Management highlights the many issues with the federal coal production program. The report, released Wednesday, said the way coal mines are leased on public lands is in need of reform, and the program in its current form isn't giving tax

A former environmental lawyer has written a book that says that when done correctly, livestock grazing can have some benefits for the land. (Scott Bauer/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "

Two of the oldest units at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant are scheduled to close by 2022. (Rachel Cernansky/Spot Us)

BILLINGS, Mont. – Although the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is up in the air now that Donald Trump has been elected president, at least part of Colstrip's coal-fired power plant is still likely to close by 2022. Peter DeJesus, field coordinator for Western N

Blain Hjerthaas speaks at the first Soil Summit on Saturday about a practice called

BILLINGS, Mont. – If you want to get higher yields from a farm, start with the health of the soil. That's one rule being shared by a speaker at Northern Plains Resource Council's first Soil Summit, which takes place in Billings on Saturday and is open to the public. Blain Hjertaas, a sustain

Montana officials have shut down a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River due to a parasite infecting whitefish. (Kurt Haubrich/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Governor Steve Bullock held a meeting yesterday about access to resources and job training for Montanans who have been affected by the closure of nearly 200 miles of the Yellowstone River due to a parasite killing whitefish. Earlier this month, the stretch of river and its tributar

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team estimates there are about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ny/flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to delist the grizzly from the endangered species list could disconnect the species' habitat and open the bears up to game hunting, according to comments on the plan from states including Montana. Conservationists in Montana are worried

The centennial celebration of the National Park Service is being held in front of the Roosevelt Arch, above. (Chuck Grimmett/flickr)

GARDINER, Mont. – Today is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is celebrating the event in Gardiner, Mont., outside of Yellowstone National Park. Gov. Steve Bullock will join Jewell, along with National Park Service off

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