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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

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 Gov. Steve Bullock has temporarily blocked 40 Yellowstone bison from being slaughtered. (Jimmie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Gov. Steve Bullock has temporarily banned the slaughter of Yellowstone bison in Montana, saving 40 bison held in the park right now. But their fate and the fate of many other bison still remains unclear. Last January, the National Park Service released a draft plan for a bi

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed its decision to take the grizzly bear off the endangered species list. (Pat (Cletch) Williams/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has delayed its decision to take grizzlies off the endangered species list, native tribes are not the reason why – and that has many tribes wondering when they will play a bigger role in managing these bears. USFWS was

The 130,000-acre Badger-Two Medicine area in western Montana is now free of any oil or gas leases. (Dan/Flickr)

EAST GLACIER, Mont. – With the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases at Badger-Two Medicine, a three-decades-long effort in western Montana is one step closer to preserving a landscape with ties to the Blackfeet Nation, dating back 10,000 years. Last week, the Interior Department

A confirmation hearing for Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke is scheduled for today. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana's Ryan Zinke is scheduled for his confirmation hearing today to become secretary of the Interior. If confirmed, the first-term congressman would guide the nation's public lands, wildlife and natural resources. But Zinke's sometimes contradictory voting record has conser

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

Researchers and state and U.S. agencies differ on how they believe grizzly bears will fare if the species is delisted. (Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park)

MISSOULA, Mont. – It’s looking like grizzly bears will be removed from the endangered species list in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, but some researchers are concerned that the model used for predicting the bear's population won't hold up if hunting resumes. The grizzly population in the

Sage grouse conservation efforts benefit species such as the sagebrush sparrow, above, according to new research.(Domonic Sherony/flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – The sage grouse is a big topic of discussion on lands in the West, but a new study says some other birds might get protection underneath the grouse's feathers. Researchers found three songbirds that live alongside the grouse have benefited from efforts to conserve sagebrush

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