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Bryce Ward, the director of health care research at the University of Montana’s BBER, talks with Eric Whitney about the impact Medicaid & Medicare have on Montana.
Emily Proctor

Medicare & Medicaid Worth $2.5 Billion Annually In Montana

Today is the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Right now, nearly one in five Montanans gets health care from Medicare, and the state is poised to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands more people next year. To get a sense of how important the two federal health programs are to Montana, and some idea of where they’re going in the future, I talked to Bryce Ward, the director of health care research at the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
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Spring azure butterfly.
Elena Gaillard (CC-BY-2)

Sunlight, Sodium, & Spiders: The Life Of A Montana Butterfly

A cluster of male butterflies called "blues" are sipping minerals from a damp, sandy patch at river’s edge. Each of the nickel-sized insects probes the sand grains with a proboscis, a tongue of sorts that’s more like a drinking straw. Then, something strange interrupts the peaceful scene. A butterfly keels over.
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Azar Lawrence Improvises And Inspires

Legendary jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence released "Prayer For My Ancestors" in 2008, 33 years after his 1976 album, "People Moving". But the long gap between recordings doesn't mean Lawrence has been short of work. He's known as the go-to sideman for McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.
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Evening Newscast 07-30-15

14 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Supreme Court has upheld Montana's 24/7 Sobriety Program, saying that charging associated fees for alcohol monitoring is not pretrial punishment in violation of the Constitution.

Firefighters conducted burnout operations aimed at making fireline more secure around the fire in Glacier National Park today.

A St. Ignatius man who pleaded guilty to shooting his 3-year-old nephew has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and alcohol treatment.

A 19-year-old Belgrade woman who was attacked in an off-campus apartment with two other Montana State University-Northern students has been released from the hospital.

Bryce Ward, the director of health care research at the University of Montana’s BBER, talks with Eric Whitney about the impact Medicaid & Medicare have on Montana.
Emily Proctor

Today is the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Right now, nearly one in five Montanans gets health care from Medicare, and the state is poised to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands more people next year.

To get a sense of how important the two federal health programs are to Montana, and some idea of where they’re going in the future, I talked to Bryce Ward, the director of health care research at the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Are Microplastics Polluting Montana Waters?

22 hours ago
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Peoples’ love of polar fleece and yoga pants could be contributing microplastic pollution into the water supply.

A Bozeman-based group will launch a sampling project in September to find out just how much of this pollutant is in the Gallatin River.

Morning Newscast 07-30-15

23 hours ago
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

A relative says his aunt, uncle and cousin were gunned down when they stopped to help a man whose vehicle had run out of gas on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. FBI spokesman Todd Palmer confirms that two people were killed and a third wounded Wednesday morning in the tiny town of Pryor.

Authorities now believe that the fire burning in Glacier National Park was human-caused, and the National Park Service is turning to the public for help. Anyone with information can call or email the National Park Service.

Missoula’s St. Patrick hospital invited the media to see its new family maternity center that opens Monday.

Owners of the northwestern Montana Montanore mine say they are one step closer to operating after the Forest Service found the project in compliance despite objections received during the comment period.

08/02/2015 - From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter.” The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised.

07/26/2015 - 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which established the founding principle of modern law: presumption of innocence.  Today that principle is largely a casualty of the so-called war on terrorism. Trials, evidence, juries. Who needs them when we have an Oval Office assassination program carried out by drones? These pilotless aircraft have become the weapon of choice for Washington. They are efficient machines killing not only their intended targets but also whoever happens to be nearby. Collateral damage in Pentagon-speak.

The Barber of Seville

Jul 30, 2015

08/01/2015 - composed by Gioachino Rossini

http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,10,6,3

07/31/2015 - More often than not, a fight is just a fight...Someone wins, someone loses. But this hour, we have a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/whats-left-when-youre-right/

Reveal for August 2015

Jul 30, 2015

08/02/2015 - The Center for Investigative Journalism and PRX present an investigation into the culture of secrecy within the Jehovah's Witnesses that leads to the story of one woman who was ostracized after she accused an elder of abusing her.

https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/?gclid=COu79JSYgccCFViRfgodA50IBA

07/26/2015 - Here’s a line you might have heard once or twice: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words from the Declaration of Independence carry no force of law, but they do evoke an ongoing quest for fulfillment in America. On this show, the Guys consider what “happiness” might have meant to the Founders when they signed-off on the Declaration, and how it has changed in the centuries since.

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