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Tuesday’s Supreme Court vote to temporarily block the Obama Administration's climate change regulations is receiving praise and criticism in Montana.
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Clean Power Plan Decision Gets Mixed Reactions In Montana

Tuesday’s Supreme Court vote to temporarily block the Obama Administration's climate change regulations is receiving praise and criticism in Montana.
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Regan deVictoria & Ed Lahey: Leaving Butte

"You come to Butte, Montana direct from seven exhausting years in the city, seeking solace, expecting blight, and finding home." Missoula native Regan deVictoria fell for Butte "as you do a man with a harelip despite deformities, and later, because of them."
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How Hillary Clinton Might Actually Win In N.H., Even Though She Lost Big

This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET to reflect revised delegate countsBernie Sanders delivered the second-biggest rout in New Hampshire Democratic primary history last night, besting Hillary Clinton by 22 percentage points.That's important, because it hands him a crushing victory, lots of momentum and money to help him staff up for a potentially long fight against Clinton. And with that huge win, one might think that Sanders would end up with the majority of delegates.But Clinton may very w...
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Montana Newscasts

Evening Newscast 02-10-16

57 minutes ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state commissioner of political practices says Montana candidates aren't allowed to deliberately distribute campaign material to public employees' email addresses.

Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year.

After refusing a plea agreement, the former chief financial officer of the Vann's appliance store chain has been named a co-defendant in the federal case against former CEO George Leslie Manlove.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision yesterday to temporarily freeze the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan gives Montana Governor Steve Bullock breathing room in his campaign for a second term.

Evening Newscast 02-09-16

Feb 9, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision late this afternoon to put President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold is reverberating across Montana.

Today Montana’s AFL-CIO unions announced endorsements for five candidates running for statewide office this year.

A Hamilton woman who was reported missing this morning has been located and is being treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Gov. Steve Bullock was in Butte today for a round table addressing the state's growing need for more health care workers.

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Tuesday’s Supreme Court vote to temporarily block the Obama Administration's climate change regulations is receiving praise and criticism in Montana.
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Tuesday’s Supreme Court vote to temporarily block the Obama Administration's climate change regulations is receiving praise and criticism in Montana.

Data Show Mild Flu Season In Montana So Far

2 hours ago
Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year.
James Gathany (PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year.

Candidates Barred From Targeting Public Workers' Emails

2 hours ago
The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office
Steve Jess

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana candidates for political office are barred from distributing unsolicited campaign material to public employees' email addresses, the state commissioner of political practices said Wednesday.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has determined that the animal seen chasing elk on Mount Jumbo last week was a domestic dog.

Townsend's Solitaire: Soundtrack To Your Hike

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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.

Helena, Montana, author Brian D'Ambrosio talks about his book Warrior in the Ring: The life of Marvin Camel, Native American world champion boxer.

About the book:

In the Golden Age of boxing, Marvin Camel, from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, defied all obstacles of race, poverty, and geographical isolation to become the first Native American to win a world boxing title.

Montanans React To The Clean Power Plan Ruling

Feb 9, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision late this afternoon to put President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold is reverberating across Montana. That plan, written by the Environmental Protection Agency, called on Montana to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 47 percent by 2030, more than any other state.

College kids are stereotyped as being poor and hungry, but for some students at Montana State University, it’s more than just a stereotype.

Today Montana’s AFI-CIO unions threw their support behind five candidates running for statewide office in 2016. Most notably the only Republican to get the labor unions’ support is incumbent Attorney General Tim Fox.

Supreme Court Puts Clean Power Plan On Hold

Feb 9, 2016
Colstrip power plant as seen in the early 1980s.
David T. Hanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

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For years, Thai police have been trying to track down a master passport forger known only as "The Doctor."

All they had was a rough description: "a bald Iranian in his 40s," Thailand's The Nation reported.

The publication says '"The Doctor' had kept himself away from the public eye and contacted customers only via 4-5 agents," so his face and name remained a mystery.

In 1996, when Dominque Dawes became the first black woman to win an individual gymnastics medal at the Atlanta Summer Olympics, critics said her look wasn't quite right.

This Mosquito Likes Us Too Much For Our Own Good

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Aedes aegypti is the dog of the mosquito world. It acts as if it's man's best friend.

"It's been with us for a long time, probably for at least 5,000 years when we started keeping water next to our homes [ideal for laying eggs] and it's adapted to people," says Marten Edwards, an entomologist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. "It loves us. It loves our cities. It loves our blood. It functions very well with us."

There's just one problem. This mosquito makes us sick.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has been embroiled in a scandal involving reports of prisoner abuse and an alleged conspiracy to cover it up, has pleaded guilty to making false statements, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The single count against him relates to statements made regarding a federal investigation into corruption and violence at LA County jails. Baca has confessed to lying multiple times when he said he did not know about the actions of those within his department. He was still serving as sheriff at the time.

Humans have long turned to the dog for its nose, especially in its ability to hunt, track missing people, and search for drugs.

But there is a new challenge: Bomb-detecting dogs have to now learn to find the increasingly common Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) that can be assembled from ingredients that are not dangerous by itself.

"So we're now asking dogs not just to find a needle in a haystack – now the problem is more like saying to the dog 'we need you to find any sharp object in the haystack,' " says Clive Wynne, a professor at Arizona State University.

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