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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - MT: Budget Policy & Priorities

More than half of Montana's fishing access sites were funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Loren Kerns/Flickr)

Note: An earlier version of this story stated the Land and Water Conservation Fund budget would be reduced by 90 percent. That number has been revised to 98 percent. HELENA, Mont. – Public lands and natural resources take a big hit under President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal released

Some Native Americans are turning to traditional healing methods and culture to address health disparities for their communities. (Kate Brady/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – It was when Annie Belcourt was having her own children that she realized some of the insidious ways health disparities for Native Americans reveal themselves. Belcourt, a psychologist and University of Montana professor who grew up on a Blackfeet Reservation, now studies th

National Park Service Advisory Board members are concerned Secretary Ryan Zinke's Interior Department is not focused on the protection of national parks. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. — After nine of the twelve members of the National Park Service Advisory Board resigned this week, public lands supporters are noticing what they say is a pattern of indifference from Secretary Ryan Zinke's Interior Department. In a resignation letter unveiled this week by the

The Montana special session brought deals to fix the budget, but national politics could throw a wrench into the mix. (Justin Brockie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The conclusion of the special legislative session has left more questions than answers for Montanans and the future of the state's budget. While a patchwork of deals appeared to cover most of the $227 million budget hole, Eric Feaver, president of the public employees' union

Montana is facing a large budget deficit because of an expensive fire season and revenue that came in far below expectations. (Tracy/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The special legislative session is convening in full Tuesday to balance the state's budget. Gov. Steve Bullock has proposed fixing the $227 million shortfall in three equal measures by making some cuts to state services, temporarily increasing some taxes, and making adjustmen

Direct-care workers could lose out on benefits if Montana lawmakers choose to make drastic cuts to the Dept. of Health and Human Services. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana home-care workers are urging the Legislature to find a better way to fill a massive hole in the state budget. The state could slash agency budgets by 10 percent in order to make up its $228-million deficit. Cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services would come

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed President Barack Obama's efforts to phase out private prisons. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana has the nation's second largest population incarcerated in private prisons. According to the criminal justice reform group The Sentencing Project, the state's private prison population grew by 50 percent between 2000 and 2015, and now tops 40 percent of the people in

The Montana Legislature rejected bills this session that would have raised revenue for the state. (Tracy/Flickr)

Helena, Mont. – What got Montana into its current fiscal crisis? Some Montanans are pointing to legislation from 2003 that cut tax rates, mostly for the state's wealthiest. According to the Montana Budget and Policy Center, the legislation has cost the state about one billion dollars since i

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