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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


Here's what we're following on today's rundown: a federal appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban; a shake up at the USDA could hurt rural America; and the body slamming of a reporter in Montana may be part of a bigger pattern of hostility toward journalists.

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Public News Service - MT: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

The Montana Legislature is looking at a bill that would give parents vouchers for sending their children to private schools or for homeschooling. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – There's a push for "school choice" in Montana, but some educators and Montanans are questioning what that phrase really means. The Montana Public Education Center (MT-PEC) is a coalition of groups that says the term "choice" has been co-opted, and that this push is really a w

The Montana Legislature is considering an infrastructure bill that could provide money to renovate the Montana Historical Society. (Roger W/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - Teachers and other Montanans want the Legislature to update the state's historic center in Helena because of its importance to students. House Bill 14 is an infrastructure proposal that would allot $292 million to fix roads, bridges and some state buildings. It includes more than $2

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

There are only about 125 pallid sturgeon left in the lower Yellowstone River. (USFWS Mountain-Prairie)

GLENDIVE, Mont. – Federal agencies say the best option for conserving the endangered pallid sturgeon is to provide a bypass channel to the Yellowstone Intake Dam. Opponents of the project not only disagree, they say that the option is a waste of money. The final Environmental Impact Statemen

In the last election, 60 percent of Montanans voted using absentee ballots, according to the Secretary of State's office. (JC/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans only have one week left to register to vote through the mail. After that, they'll have to go into their local elections office if they want to vote this November. Late registration begins on Oct. 12 and runs through Election Day. Montana is one of only 12 states that

The centennial celebration of the National Park Service is being held in front of the Roosevelt Arch, above. (Chuck Grimmett/flickr)

GARDINER, Mont. – Today is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is celebrating the event in Gardiner, Mont., outside of Yellowstone National Park. Gov. Steve Bullock will join Jewell, along with National Park Service off

A new ad campaign from the group Moms Clean Air Force praises Gov. Steve Bullock's energy blueprint. (Moms Clean Air Force)

HELENA, Mont. - Clean energy advocates have just launched a media blitz during the Olympics, with ads on TV and radio in Billings, Missoula and Helena praising Governor Steve Bullock's energy blueprint. The nonprofit advocacy group, called Moms Clean Air Force, is trying to bring attention to the pl

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