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Trump Tax Plan Could Boost Growth And Deficits, Analyst Says

Americans had until midnight Wednesday to file their taxes this year. Next year, they’ll be filing under the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump. Montana’s Republican U.S. House Rep. Greg Gianforte is pretty excited about that.

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A closeup satellite image shows a thick layer of wildfire smoke covering Idaho and Montana, September 4, 2017.
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Missoula Air Lands On List Of Most Polluted

The latest American Lung Association air quality report shows some Montana communities continue to have unhealthy levels of air pollution on a national scale. Wildfires are the main culprit. According the Lung Association’s most recent "State of the Air" report, the city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution.

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Glory And Consequence In Ben Harper's Musical Career

Three-time Grammy award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Harper met up with host John Floridis to talk shop at the Big Sky Amphitheater in Missoula in July, 2017. Harper’s eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock has earned him a devoted worldwide following throughout his career, which now spans more than a quarter-century. Hear from the artist (and avid skateboarder) who played his first gig at age 12, got a career kick-start from radio stations in Australia, and who frequently pairs activism with performing and recording.

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Paige Williams, founder and CEO of Audience Awards, launched her business by googling "how to start a tech business" five years ago. With three degrees, one in philosophy and two in the arts, she launched a company specializing in connecting aspiring filmmakers with sponsors, festivals and media outlets.

"At the end of the day what we are really doing is we are democratizing entertainment, we are giving everyone a chance to get discovered and we are letting the global audience say: 'This is what we love,'" Williams says.

'Psychedelic Circus' Smokin' 4/20 Special

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Tune in to the Psychedelic Circus 4/20 special on MTPR, Friday April 20 at 10 p.m., on your radio or online.
Brook Trout

It's time again for the "Psychedelic Circus" on MTPR. Join Joan Richarde and Dr. Sandoz for a smokin' 4/20 show, Friday April 20 at 10 p.m., on your radio or online.

Kristin Page-Nei, one of the authors of I-185, speaks in support of the initiative in Helena, April 19, 2018. The ballot initiative proposes increasing tobacco taxes to raise money for health care programs, including Medicaid expansion.
Corin-Cates Carney

Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, which provides more than 93,000 people in the state health coverage, expires in just over a year. Campaigns are now underway to stop that from happening and to lobby support for the health care program.

Hellgate High student Mollie, one of the organizers of that school's walkout over gun violence, talks to a reporter after observing a moment of silence for the Parkland shooting victims, March 14, 2018, in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

The national website coordinating school walkouts Friday to demonstrate against gun violence shows four events in Montana. They’ll be held in Helena, Butte, Bozeman and Missoula.

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 15 people died.

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Americans had until midnight Wednesday to file their taxes this year. Next year, they’ll be filing under the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Montana’s Republican U.S. House Rep. Greg Gianforte is pretty excited about that.

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Eric Norris (CC-BY-2)

The Trump administration this week released almost $500 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. 

Montana’s share of that federal funding from Health and Human Services is $2 million, the same amount it received last year.

"I guess I’ve always tried to be a better guy than I am, but I’m like Horace, I always fall back on the things I love. I can’t help it." -- Willy Vlautin

A moving story about a man’s search for belonging in all the wrong places, "Don’t Skip Out on Me," is an understated yet powerful exploration of identity and loneliness pulled from deep within America’s soul. Publishing for the first time in hardcover, award-winning author Willy Vlautin follows in the footsteps of his earlier beloved novels, delivering another emotionally raw tale of a tragic and beautiful life.

Eric Hendrikx

Three-time Grammy award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Harper met up with host John Floridis to talk shop at the Big Sky Amphitheater in Missoula in July, 2017. Harper’s eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock has earned him a devoted worldwide following throughout his career, which now spans more than a quarter-century. Hear from the artist (and avid skateboarder) who played his first gig at age 12, got a career kick-start from radio stations in Australia, and who frequently pairs activism with performing and recording.

Governor Steve Bullock launched a statewide tour today to, in his words, "highlight the health and economic benefits of Medicaid" in Montana.

At Missoula’s Providence Hospital, Bullock cited a University of Montana economic analysis released last week that says the Medicaid expansion Montana launched in 2015 will pay for itself. It found that expansion offsets other state agency costs, and yields economic benefits that exceed state spending on Medicaid expansion.

The Latest: Montana Governor Declares Flooding Emergency

Apr 18, 2018
The Milk River is forecast to remain above Moderate flood stage into next week, possibly reaching Major flood stage for a time. Areas that have yet to experience flooding in this area may begin to see flooding soon.
National Weather Service Great Falls, MT.

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Montana (all times local): 4:15 p.m.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says there is a flooding emergency in seven counties and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

The emergency declaration issued Wednesday allows the use of state government services and equipment, and allows the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to help protect infrastructure.

The governor's office says flooding from rapid snowmelt has the potential to cause widespread damage to homes, farms and infrastructure such as roads.

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