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'Campaign Beat': Juneau's 'Candidacy Of Firsts' & Presidential Fundraising In Montana

How will Denise Juneau's 'candidacy of firsts' affect the U.S. House race? What presidential candidates are Montanans donating to so far? And will the presidential nominations be sewn up by the time Montana's primaries roll around in June? Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin discuss these things and more on this episode of "Campaign Beat".
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What band practice looks like when members are spread over 3 cities.
Courtesy Modality

Modality: One Band, Five Members, Three Cities

Although they live in three cities in two states, the five members of the band Modality practice every Thursday evening. They explain how, and talk about their upcoming album during the Monday Music Special.Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online at mtpr.org to learn more about Modality.
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Beer And Snack Pairings: A Super Bowl Game Everyone Can Win

Which beer goes with guacamole? And which brew adds a nice clean, crisp finish to spicy wings?Those are burning questions for anyone who wants to take his snack game to the next level this Super Bowl weekend. And two craft beer experts who wrote the book on pairing have the answers.Beer and food have loads of flavors in common, and they can complement each other beautifully. But most of us are just swigging and chewing mindlessly, missing an opportunity to appreciate interactions between the...
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Evening Newscast 02-05-16

4 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Legislators are sending a letter to their U.S. congressional delegation urging for changes in federal aviation laws.

Montana Senate Majority Leader Matthew Rosendale says he will run for the open seat of state auditor.

Mother Nature threw a lot of weather at Montana in January, but too little of it came in the form of snow.

Today a federal judge denied a request to halt the planned capture and slaughter of bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park.

Morning Newscast 02-05-16

13 hours ago
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Federal officials want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states.

Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund projects in Montana has more than doubled since it was last offered in 2014.

A former high school band teacher in Butte who was accused of sexually assaulting a student and providing alcohol to others.

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What band practice looks like when members are spread over 3 cities.
Courtesy Modality

Although they live in three cities in two states, the five members of the band Modality practice every Thursday evening. They explain how, and talk about their upcoming album during the Monday Music Special.

Tune in Monday at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online at mtpr.org to learn more about Modality.

Townsend's Solitaire: Soundtrack To Your Hike

4 hours ago
Townsend's Solitaire
Mark Watson (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When I feel the need to escape from town and immerse myself in the woods, I head up to Marshall Canyon, just east of Missoula, for a hike. Hiking along one of the old roads through the woods and taking in the fresh air and the views down the Clark Fork River towards Milltown soothe my soul and put things back into perspective. As I hike, I frequently hear what sounds like the squeak of a playground swing, swinging back and forth. This sound, however, is completely natural, the call of a somewhat drab-looking bird: a Townsend’s Solitaire.

Matthew Rosendale Enters State Auditor Race

4 hours ago
Matthew Rosendale
Montana Legislature

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Senate Majority Leader Matthew Rosendale said Friday he will run for the open seat of state auditor in an election where he will face a Republican primary opponent and a well-funded Democratic candidate if he wins the nomination.

New Judge Assigned To Political Corruption Lawsuit

4 hours ago
Chief Justice Mike McGrath, left, swears in Mike Cooney as Montana’s 32nd lieutenant governor with Cooney’s wife, Helena District Judge DeeAnn Cooney, at his side.
Courtesy Governor's Office

The Helena district court judge Gov. Steve Bullock recently appointed to the bench has recused herself from presiding over a high-profile political corruption case involving one of Bullock’s staunchest critics.

Montana Snowtel Current Snow Water Equivalent % of Normal
USDA/NRCS

Mother Nature threw a lot of weather at Montana in January, but too little of it came in the form of snow. That’s the assessment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bozeman which reports that snowpack is lagging in most of our river basins.

Montana capitol
William Marcus

Montana Legislators are sending a letter to their U.S. congressional delegation urging for changes in federal aviation laws. Montana’s Economic Affairs Interim Committee voted today to send a letter asking Senators Tester and Daines and Congressman Zinke to revise the federal Airline Deregulation Act in order to protect patients from crippling air ambulance bills.

How will Denise Juneau's 'candidacy of firsts' affect the U.S. House race? What presidential candidates are Montanans donating to so far? And will the presidential nominations be sewn up by the time Montana's primaries roll around in June? Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin discuss these things and more on this episode of "Campaign Beat".

Chili: A Class Of Food All By Itself

17 hours ago
Flickr user, JeffreyW (CC BY 2.0)

"Every chili turns out different," observes Jon Jackson, Food Guy and fan of both the hot pepper and the famous dish. Chili, that versatile outlet for creativity and leftovers, can go in a million directions - as long as it contains chilis, cumin, and an aromatic base.

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom. File Photo.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom says he’s not keeping the $6,000 a year raise he was recently awarded.

Air ambulance bills often have a price tag in the five figure range. Patients' shock over the cost of emergency medical transport has recently turned into complaints filed to the auditor’s office.
Flickr user arbyreed (CC-BY-NC-2)

Air ambulance and health insurance companies took turns blaming each other Thursday for costly but lifesaving air ambulance flights in Montana. The accusations flew during a legislative committee hearing.

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News services say at least five people, including a baby and a 40-year-old man, have been killed in an earthquake in Taiwan.

A magnitude 6.4 quake shook the southern city of Tainan just before 4 a.m. local time Saturday. The shallow quake caused severe damage to several large structures, including one residential building where authorities say hundreds live.

NPR's Elise Hu, in Taiwan, tells All Things Considered that residential building was 17 stories tall but collapsed down to the height of about four stories.

On Friday's All Things Considered, I have a story about how a recent federal court ruling is restricting when police may use Tasers in the five Southeastern states covered by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a nutshell, police there may no longer shock a nonviolent, noncooperative suspect with a Taser stun gun— even if he is trying to escape custody.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., had strong words for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday regarding the VA's failure to compensate thousands of World War II veterans who were exposed to mustard gas.

WATCH: Golf Robot Named LDRIC Hits A Hole-In-One

9 hours ago

A hole-in-one is a cause for celebration, even (especially?) when a robot does it.

LDRIC, a cleverly named golf robot, aced the par-3 16th hole at Arizona's TPC Scottsdale course earlier this week on just its fifth try.

Which beer goes with guacamole? And which brew adds a nice clean, crisp finish to spicy wings?

Those are burning questions for anyone who wants to take his snack game to the next level this Super Bowl weekend. And two craft beer experts who wrote the book on pairing have the answers.

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