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We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - MT: Health Issues

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could hurt residency grant programs for doctors who serve rural areas. (Robert Daly/Getty)

BILLINGS, Mont. – As the GOP considers reviving plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a revised American Health Care Act, the move could have serious consequences for rural Montana counties. Tucked into the current system is the Teaching Health Center Grant, which helps fu

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

Montana added nearly 100,000 acres of organic farmland since 2016, according to a new report. (storebukkebruse/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - The last few years have been a growing season for organic farming in the United States. According to the Mercaris Organic Acreage Report, organic farmland reached more than four million acres this year. Montana saw a 30-percent jump over the last two years, giving it the second-most

The BackPack assistance program is designed to help the nearly 48,000 children who are food insecure in Montana.(and the rest/flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Thanksgiving is a time when families get together and eat wonderful food. But some Montanans are less fortunate during the holidays. One in seven people in Montana struggles with hunger, including nearly 48,000 children who aren't sure where their next meal will come from.

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

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal of Montana's restrictive 2011 Medical Marijuana Law (SB 423), which will now go into effect Aug. 31. (growweedeasy/morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana medical marijuana advocates say they are unbowed, even after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected their appeal on Monday, leaving dispensaries one step closer to shutting down. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association, or MTCIA, had asked the high court to overturn a ruli

Gas flares on Pat Wilson's cattle ranch near Bainville, Mont. (Caitlyn Cromwell)

BANEVILLE, Mont. - More than 6,000 Montanans live within a half-mile of the state's almost 9,800 oil and gas facilities, according to a new mapping tool released this week. Two nonprofit groups, Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force, are behind the website, Oil and Gas Threat Map. It pinpoints loc

Supporters of Initiative 182 to create a stronger medical marijuana program are on a final push to gather signatures.(growweedeasy/morguefile)

BILLINGS, Mont. - Supporters of Initiative 182, which would create a more tightly regulated system for medical marijuana, are launching a massive last-minute push to gather enough signatures to make it onto the ballot by the June 17 deadline. They've got about 25,000 signatures, more than the minimu

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