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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

Conservationists worry places like the Blackfoot Valley, above, and recreation in the area would be threatened by climate change without the Clean Power Plan. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration has announced it's rolling back one of the strongest safeguards against climate change. The Clean Power Plan set federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, in turn encouraging clean energy development. The EPA does not yet have a rep

In 2016, bark beetles destroyed nearly 50,000 acres of forest in Montana, according to the U.S. Forest Service. (William M. Ciesla/Forest Health Management International)

HELENA, Mont. – Fire won't be the only natural disaster to rip through Montana forests this year. Another disaster will be using its teeth. Bark beetles have long been a nuisance for wooded areas of the West, and scientists say climate change is making the land more susceptible to the beetl

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

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

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

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken grizzlies off the Endangered Species List after more than four decades of protection. (beingmyself/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. — Native American tribes say they were once again on the outside looking in - this time as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to remove the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone region from the Endangered Species List last week. Since 2016, more than 120 tribal nation

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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