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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


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Public News Service - MT: Children's Issues

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

The Montana Food Bank Network works with 140 partners across the state to provide meals to kids over the summer. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

MISSOULA, Mont. – During the summer months, children need food assistance more than ever. One in five children in Montana lives in a food insecure home, meaning he or she isn't sure where a next meal is coming from. Many of these children rely on free and reduced meals during the school ye

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 BackPack assistance program is designed to help the nearly 48,000 children who are food insecure in Montana.(and the rest/flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Thanksgiving is a time when families get together and eat wonderful food. But some Montanans are less fortunate during the holidays. One in seven people in Montana struggles with hunger, including nearly 48,000 children who aren't sure where their next meal will come from.

Shawn Dailey, a client at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, which is scheduled to close by the end of the year. (Carol Dailey)

BOULDER, Mont. - Today a committee appointed by the governor is meeting to discuss the transfer of 52 severely developmentally disabled people from the 100-year-old Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, also known as MDC, to private facilities around the state. All the clients are at MDC becaus

About 58,000 Montanans have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace since November. (AARP)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana is making a serious dent in its number of uninsured residents with 58,000 people enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance through the federal insurance marketplace in the past three months. The third annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act just ended

Montana education advocates celebrate passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. (jdurham/morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana education advocates are praising the passage on Wednesday of a bill to replace No Child Left Behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act sailed through the U.S. Senate in a landslide and is expected to be signed by President Obama. Democratic Senator Jon Tester supported the bi

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana announced a bill to attract more teachers to rural schools. Credit: shironosov/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - College students who agree to work in rural schools will be able to get money to pay for their education if a new bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester becomes law. Tester, D-Mont., announced the bill on Thursday at an educational conference in Billings. The senator said he hopes th

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