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Critics claim coal companies are not paying their fair share of coal royalties.
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Proposed Rule Change Sparks Debate Over Coal Royalties

Critics say that for decades the coal industry has gamed the system to underpay its fair share of federal coal royalties. They say those alleged schemes have padded the bottom lines of coal companies while short-changing state and local governments of tens of millions of dollars.
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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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Jamey Guy

Bluegrass Quintet Monroe Crossing, Live From Studio B

On July 24, Monroe Crossing, the bluegrass quintet based in Minnesota, unpacked their instruments in KUFM's Studio B, grouped around a single microphone, and recorded a short set, chatting between songs with "What I Like About Jazz" host John Arvish about gigs - including the collaborative bluegrass mass that won the group several performances at Carnegie Hall.
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Kathy Schaefer, regional director of women's health for Providence shows one of the new labor and delivery rooms at St. Patrick hospital in Missoula.
Eric Whitney

Missoula’s St. Patrick hospital invited the media to see its new family maternity center that opens Monday. Women’s Health Director Kathy Schaefer showed off one of the hospital’s seven rooms where moms will deliver babies.

Debra Magpie Earling is the author of "Perma Red" and "The Lost Journals of Sacajewea" In this 2012 interview on "Home Ground", Earling talks about her life and her writing.

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio", 07/26/15. Listen on the web, weekly on the radio at Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

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

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Spring azure butterfly.
Elena Gaillard (CC-BY-2)

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.

Morning Newscast 07-29-15

6 hours ago
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state of Montana has settled a lawsuit with retired state and local government employees that will allow them to keep a 3 percent annual increase in pension benefits.

Union workers have again rejected a proposed four-year contract with the only company mining platinum and palladium in the United States.

Montana’s Public Service Commission yesterday refused to stop Liberty Utilities from trying to buy the parent company of Mountain Water, Missoula’s water utility.

About the book:

At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament cult. Jessie passed her childhood in New York, Switzerland, Connecticut, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and finally Los Angeles, where her life quickly became unmanageable. She was just fifteen years old.

Evening Newscast 07-28-15

20 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana's Public Service Commission said today it will continue its review of a Canadian company’s proposal to buy the private company that supplies Missoula’s drinking water.

Montana’s Public Service Commission today refused to stop Liberty Utilities from trying to buy the parent company of Mountain Water, Missoula’s water utility.

The state of Montana has settled a lawsuit with retired state and local government employees that will allow them to keep a 3 percent annual increase in pension benefits.

The Chippewa Cree tribe's former roads department head and environmental health leader has pleaded guilty to taking bribes and stealing tribal funds.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

The City of Missoula has hit a speed bump in its effort to take ownership of the city’s water system. 

The current owner, the Carlyle Group, is trying to sell Mountain Water Company of Missoula, and several other local water systems, to Liberty Utilities, a company that operates an assortment of water, electric and gas utilities around the country.

Tuesday attorneys from the City of Missoula pleaded with the state Public Service Commission to stop, or at least slow down the sale to Liberty, while the city pursues its own attempt to take over the water utility through condemnation. Attorney Scott Stearns, representing Missoula, says the city wants to start making repairs to the aging and leaky system.

Critics claim coal companies are not paying their fair share of coal royalties.
Flickr user Erin Kinney(CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Critics say that for decades the coal industry has gamed the system to underpay its fair share of federal coal royalties. They say those alleged schemes have padded the bottom lines of coal companies while short-changing state and local governments of tens of millions of dollars.

Jamey Guy

On July 24, Monroe Crossing, the bluegrass quintet based in Minnesota, unpacked their instruments in KUFM's Studio B, grouped around a single microphone, and recorded a short set, chatting between songs with "What I Like About Jazz" host John Arvish about gigs - including the collaborative bluegrass mass that won the group several performances at Carnegie Hall.

Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-sun Road is set to open from the west entrance to Logan Pass.
Glacier National Park (CC-BY-2)

Glacier National Park officials say they’ll open more of the Going to the Sun Road from the west side Wednesday, over the top of Logan Pass.

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