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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


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A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - MT: Civic Engagement

Senate Joint Resolution 7 would remove Wilderness Study Area designation for an area in southwestern Montana. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - A measure in the state Legislature could remove protections from a Wilderness Study Area in southwestern Montana. Opponents see it as effort to repeal other study areas in a top-down manner. Senate Joint Resolution 7 would remove Hidden Pasture Creek's study-area designation. The de

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit public employees from joining a union for a year if they drop out. (Erik Madsen/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Public employees are letting Montana lawmakers know the importance of their jobs and unions. Legislators have targeted unions with several measures, including a bill prohibiting the automatic deduction of dues from employees' paychecks. Michelle Wheat, engineering training coordin

A bill in the Montana Legislature would overturn 11 local ordinances banning flavored vape products. (DedMityay/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montana advocates fighting cancer are urging state lawmakers not to roll back anti-smoking policies this session. February is Cancer Prevention Month and volunteers are speaking with Montana legislators for Cancer Action Week this week. Kristin Page-Nei, Montana government relatio

Montana has allowed same-day voter registration since 2005. (jccain/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A bill in the Montana Legislature could build barriers to voting, opponents of the measure contended. House Bill 176 would end same-day voter registration and close late, in-person registration by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before election day. Ruthie Barbour, issue advocacy organize

Because of COVID-19, Montanans can testify on bills virtually this legislative session. (Erik Madsen/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - With a new slate of legislators and a new governor in Helena, conservation groups want to ensure that protecting public lands is a top priority. The group Montana Conservation Voters has launched the "Montana Pushback" campaign to keep people informed whenever environmental issues a

About 100 pro-Trump supporters gathered at the Montana Capitol on Wednesday. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- People across the country were shocked by the crowd that forced its way into the U.S. Capitol this week. But followers of the far-right movement say there were warning signs leading up to the attack. Travis McAdam, program director for combating white nationalism and defending dem

More than 81% of registered voters in Montana voted in the 2020 election. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Election workers behind the scenes battled through a number of obstacles to ensure a successful election this year. Because of the pandemic, Montana counties were able to conduct all-mail elections. Dana Corson, director of elections and voter services for the Montana Secretary o

Montana voter turnout in the 2020 election was the highest it's been in 40 years. (The Toidi/Adobe Stock)

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Overall voter turnout in the 2020 election was higher than it's been in more than a century. Sara Rushing, associate professor of political science at Montana State University, said that's reason to celebrate, despite claims of widespread voter fraud from President Donald Trump an

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