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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - MT: Environmental Justice

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

Conservation groups are asking the State of Montana to tighten regulations on companies disclosing the chemical content used in fracking. (Environmental Defense Fund)

HELENA, Mont. — Two groups petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation on Tuesday, asking to close loopholes that they said keep landowners in the dark about potentially toxic chemicals being injected into the ground at drilling sites. Derf Johnson, water program director for th

A coal ash sludge pond at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant. (Alexis Bonogofsky)

COLSTRIP, Mont. - The dirty coal ash ponds at Colstrip that have been polluting the aquifer for decades will be replaced with a safer system by 2022, part of a settlement filed in court on Thursday. The owners have agreed to dehydrate the sludge in the bottom ash pits from Units 3 and 4 and dispose

The public comment period ends Friday, July 15, on a proposal to transfer the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. (Buffalo Field Campaign)

PABLO, Mont. - This week is the public's last chance to weigh in on proposed legislation to transfer management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The Bison Range Working Group holds a community meeting tomorrow night in the town of Pablo, and the online publ

The feds are condemning a court decision that could force them to reconsider their decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species. (Conservation Northwest Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project)

BILLINGS, Mont. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is denying politics played a role when it went against the recommendations of its own scientists and decided not to grant endangered species status to the wolverine. Last week a judge ruled the agency has to reconsider the recommendations of its

Montana's delegation in Washington, D.C., got mixed reviews in the 2015 League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. (pharnshot/iStockphotos)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana's lone congressman and one of its two senators got some of the lowest scores in the country on the League of Conservation Voters' annual Environmental Scorecard, released Wednesday. The report showed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke voted for pro-conservation bills just three percent o

Protestors are marching in southeastern Montana all week to protest the planned slaughter of about 900 wild Yellowstone Bison by the National Park Service. (Buffalo Field Campaign)

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. – Protestors with the Buffalo Field Campaign fan out across southeastern Montana this week to raise awareness about the planned hunt and slaughter of about 900 Yellowstone bison by the National Park Service. The herd numbers around 4,900 and every year, some animals m

A new report says if nothing is done to slow climate change, Montana's economy could lose millions over the next 40 years. (Pharmshot/iStock)

HELENA, Mont. – According to a new report commissioned by the Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana could lose 11,000 jobs and $280 million in earnings over the next 40 years if nothing is done to slow climate change. Researchers found that greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from the burning of

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