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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - MT: Livable Wages/Working Families

A bill in the Montana House would increase wages for state employees by one-percent, both in 2017 and 2018. (J Haeske/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – State workers are calling a bill to increase salaries by one percent over each of the next two years a modest raise, critical for Montana's 14,500 state employees. House Bill 13 was negotiated before the session between MEA-MFT, the Montana Public Employees Association, AFSCME

As Montana lawmakers head back to Helena, a report on the economic status of women shows they have some work to do. (Tracy/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – As the Montana legislative session begins Monday, a report shows the state has a lot of work to do to help Treasure State women improve their economic status. In the latest "Status of Women in the States" data, Montana receives a grade of D-minus for its policies, and a ranki

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.

Gov. Steve Bullock's Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force offers stickers to businesses to display when they pledge to close the gender pay gap. (Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force)

BUTTE, Mont. - The Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force meets at Montana Tech in Butte today to discuss strategies for closing the gender pay gap in the state. The task force was first convened by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013. Co-chair Sheila Hogan, director of the Montana Department of Administration

Native Americans make up about 6.5 percent of Montana's population. (EWULibraries/flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. – With two months left before Election Day, one group is encouraging Montana's Native American population to register to vote. The social justice group Western Native Voice is organizing for the upcoming election, often traveling long distances across the Treasure State. Bu

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

Plant owners say Units 1 and 2 at Colstrip will close by 2022. (Montana Environmental Information Center)

COLSTRIP, Mont. - Conservation groups in Montana and the Northwest say they're pleased with a legal settlement announced on Tuesday that includes shutting down Units 1 and 2 at the coal-burning power plant in Colstrip by 2022. The two companies that own them, Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy, ha

The topic at Montana's Equal Pay Summit in Bozeman today is the pay gap, in a state where a woman makes 74 cents on the dollar compared to a man. (Imagesource/iStockphoto)

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's working women make on average only 74 cents on the dollar compared to men; the ninth-worst pay gap in the country. That's the issue being addressed today at the third annual Equal Pay Summit at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is sponsored by the Governor's

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