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The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - MT: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

The Montana Historical Society is laying off nine people due to budget cuts. (Courtesy of Sanna Porte)

HELENA, Mont. – The full scope of pain from impending budget cuts is coming into view for public employees and the Montanans they serve. Lawmakers turned down a number of bills to increase the state's revenue, and now the state faces a shortfall that will lead to $70 million in cuts. Jill

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 report points to Montana's smoke-free laws in buildings as a good step toward cancer prevention. (Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana is making progress in helping people prevent cancer but still has room to improve, according to a new report. An annual report from the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Action Network" gives the state passing grades for its smoke-free laws in buildings and for increa

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

The public comment period for the review process of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument lasts until July 10. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument protects an area with a lot of history, including the first Native Americans and Lewis and Clark's expedition west. A review process from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scrutinizing the area’s borders, and the public

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