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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - MT: Social Justice

Events like the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., often also prompt more people to speak out against racism. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. – The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has put the country on high alert for hate groups, and the Southern Poverty Law Center says they aren't just a problem in the southern U.S. Research from the center has found Montana has the highest concentration of hate groups f

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

Veterans are joining protestors of a pipeline planned to be routed through Native American land in North Dakota. (Becker 1999/Wikimedia Commons)

BILLINGS, Mont. – More than 2,000 military veterans plan to join the protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The group Veterans Stand for Standing Rock has organized nonviolent protests Sunday through Wednesday at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to act as human shield

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

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

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Montana Republican Party's request to allow a closed primary in June. (roibu/iStockphoto)

HELENA, Mont. - Progressive voting advocates are praising this week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Montana's Republican primary open, for now. The state Republican party is suing to have a closed primary, in which only registered Republicans could vote. Under current state law, any

Medicaid expansion takes effect in Montana by way of the state's Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) plan. Credit: Wavebreak Media/iStockphoto.

HELENA, Mont. – Starting today, tens of thousands of low-income Montanans will qualify for subsidized health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved Montana's Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (H

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