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Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stands in front of a poster-sized "classified ad" for the Montana state airplane. Gianforte says he'll sell the state plane if elected.
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Gianforte Ramps Up Attack Over Bullock's Use Of State Plane

A large black and white poster-sized classified ad selling a twin-engine plane stood as a prop on the Capitol steps Wednesday. The ad said the plane runs great, it was used in the past for mainly short flights and it’s a great party plane — for sale at $2 million or best offer. Next to the ad, behind a wooden podium, Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte announced what his campaign touted as a major policy proposal.
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Susan Gibson plays live on Montana Public Radio, August 23, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Watch: Susan Gibson Live From Montana Public Radio

Singer songwriter Susan Gibson joined us for a fun live session during "Freeforms" today. Watch her play "The Hard Stuff" live from MTPR.
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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Updated at 7:10 p.m. ETLike a lot of people's grandmothers, Flonzie Brown-Wright keeps a candy jar in the living room of her single-story home, which is also adorned with potted plants and family photos.For Brown-Wright, 74, this jar is a reminder of the absurd questions — questions with no real answers — that she and other African-Americans had to answer before registering to vote in Mississippi in the 1960s."'How many jelly beans in a pound of candy? ... 'How many feathers are on a chicken?...
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Ray Ekness Named As New Director Of Broadcast Media Center

Aug 3, 2016

After a national search, the University of Montana has selected Ray Ekness to become the next director of the Broadcast Media Center, which houses the public broadcasting stations of KUFM Radio and KUFM-TV.

Ekness is a UM School of Journalism professor and former department chair of the Department of Radio-Television. He will start his new director duties Aug. 22.

Five of the radio transmitters that connect you with MTPR programming across western Montana are now so old that we can’t get parts to repair them. Will you help with an extra contribution for the transmitter work this summer? Make your donation now.

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Health insurance companies selling individual policies in Montana say they have to raise their prices next year. But the federal government says it won’t be as bad as the headlines suggest. The Obama Administration says most Americans don’t have to worry about possible spikes in premium rates next year.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stands in front of a poster-sized "classified ad" for the Montana state airplane. Gianforte says he'll sell the state plane if elected.
Greg Gianforte

A large black and white poster-sized classified ad selling a twin-engine plane stood as a prop on the Capitol steps Wednesday. The ad said the plane runs great, it was used in the past for mainly short flights and it’s a great party plane — for sale at $2 million or best offer.

Next to the ad, behind a wooden podium, Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte announced what his campaign touted as a major policy proposal.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 24, 2016

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The Berry Fire in Wyoming has caused Yellowstone National Park to close their southern entrance. Photograph taken on August 23, 2016.
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The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

A fish-killing disease has prompted the closure of 180 miles of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of tributaries.
Courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

In Livingston tonight, state wildlife officials are updating the public on the fish killing disease that's prompted them to close 180 miles of the Yellowstone River, and hundreds of miles of tributaries.

Trout Unlimited's Patrick Byorth will be at the meeting. Sitting beside a tributary of the Yellowstone in the Paradise Valley today, he says people are going to have a lot of questions.

The National Park Service turns 100 tomorrow. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Glacier and Yellowstone Parks to wish them happy birthday.

Secretary Jewell will tour Glacier National Park in the morning to see firsthand how climate change is affecting the park’s glaciers and resources.

The Poetry Of Life

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In When We Were Birds, Joe Wilkins wrests his attention away from the griefs, deprivations, and high prairies of his Montana childhood and turns toward “the bean-rusted fields & gutted factories of the Midwest,” toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

David Allan Cates

"Sixty years old and riding my bike no-handed across the Higgins Street bridge into downtown Missoula, feeling my stomach churn with the anger and fear that has choked our civic air — but also the with the miracles of hot wind and flowing water," writes poet, novelist and teacher, David Allan Cates. "Despite my spread-arm victory pose, I carry a feeling of lost-ness—of emptiness that’s also a kind of balance—a wound, that’s also, somehow, a spring.

The recent fish kill in the Yellowstone River is painting a picture of Montana in national headlines that’s a little different than what the state’s office of tourism advertises in promotional videos.
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The recent fish kill in the Yellowstone River is painting a picture of Montana in national headlines that’s a little different than what the state’s office of tourism advertises in this promotional video.

"Where the mountains thrust skyward and giant pyramids of granite and the rivers run as free and clear as your spirit. A place where you can hear the sound of silence."

Colstrip Seeks To Limit Water Use To Help Coal Plant

Aug 23, 2016
The Colstrip Power Plant consists of four separate coal-fired generating units, collectively owned by Puget Sound Energy, Talen Energy, Avista Corporation, PacifiCorp and NorthWestern Energy.
Beth Saboe

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Residents of an eastern Montana city are being asked to limit their water use so one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. can continue to safely operate.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources.

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