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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - MT: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Montana officials rescued 5 minors and 22 adults from human trafficking last year. (Imagens Evangélicas/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and Montana is not immune to the crime often referred to as modern-day slavery. Human trafficking involves labor or sex slavery and can leave victims physically and emotionally scarred. Although overall numbers are small, the

An event is planned in Whitefish, Mont., to counteract weeks of harassment of the town's Jewish residents. (-ted/Flickr)

WHITEFISH, Mont. - The community of Whitefish and Montana leaders are sounding alarms about a possible armed march by white supremacists in the coming weeks, and two local groups are responding with an event of their own. Love Lives Here and the Montana Human Rights Network are co-sponsoring the "L

Many cities, such as Bozeman and Missoula, are celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day today. (SheltieBoy/flickr)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - While some cities recognize Columbus Day Monday, others will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead. Dozens of cities across the country, including Bozeman and Missoula, have proclaimed the second Monday of October a city holiday to honor native peoples. Last March, Mayor C

A legislative committee meets today to finalize proposed changes to rape laws in Montana. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockphoto)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana lawmakers will meet Monday in Helena to finalize changes to proposed state laws on crimes involving sexual violence - bills that could then be introduced in the 2017 legislative session. The Montana Law and Justice Interim Committee reviewed the latest drafts of six bills.

A Bozeman solar-industry businessman and a Livingston mother traveled to Washington to advocate for the Clean Power Plan. Credit: RosePosie/pixabay.com

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Congress is back to work, and it's expected there will be debate about the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which was finalized during the August recess. A group of about 50 business and health leaders traveled to D.C. to voice support for the plan. Orion Thor

PHOTO: Gov. Bullock signs SB 107 today, decriminalizing homosexual behavior in Montana.

HELENA, Mont. - Today is signing day for Senate Bill 107, which led to intense debate about the tradition of long-standing state law versus human rights. The bill being inked by Gov. Steve Bullock will change state law so that consensual homosexual behavior is no longer a felony punishable by up to

HELENA, Mont. - Thirty-seven names will be read today at events in Helena, Billings and Kalispell for Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. That's how many Montanans died in the past year because of issues related to homelessness - the highest number since the day was first commemorated in the state. She

Helena, MT – Criminology experts from around the world do not believe the death penalty deters crime. New research on the controversial topic also takes aim at previous studies that have suggested a connection between deterrence and the death penalty. The research should come into play in the

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