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Housing Costs Outpacing Median Incomes In Montana, BBER Says

Real estate markets in much of Montana are booming, according to University of Montana researchers. But the strong rise in housing prices since the great recession is creating an issue of affordability.

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Allegations Against Keillor Far Beyond Single Touch, Minnesota Public Radio Says

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor on Tuesday, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account in November of accidentally touching a woman's bare back. MPR said in a statement that Keillor was accused by a woman who worked on his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show of dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over several years, including requests for sexual contact and explicit sexual communications and touching.

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'Field Notes': The Wonders Of Winter Adaptation

Humans tend to sense and respond to winter - the cold, the snow, the wind, the short days - by controlling their environment. We mediate winter's effect by living in a warm house, wearing thick jackets or flying like "snowbirds" south to warm and sunny climates.

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Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
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Yellowstone National Park has opened a criminal investigation to determine how more than 50 of its bison escaped through a cut fence at a quarantine facility. Authorities say it appears somebody cut the fence with bolt cutters.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls the incident “devastating.”

As Congressional Democrats and Republicans continue to fight over the fate of undocumented immigrants in the DACA program, the federal government is barreling towards a shutdown Friday.

Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi sat down with Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, to talk about the potential for a shutdown, his legislative goals in 2018 and President Trump’s salty language.

Spring Creek Coal Mine Inks New Contract With Japan

Jan 17, 2018

Coal from the Montana side of the Powder River Basin will soon be headed to Japan for two new state-of-the-art coal gasification plants in the Fukushima Prefecture. Cloud Peak Energy announced an agreement with Singapore-based JERA Trading to supply coal for up to 40 months beginning at the end of next year.

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Joe Fields was an American producer and record executive, active mainly in jazz music He co-founded Cobblestone Records in 1972, and soon after founded Muse Records. In 1996 Fields and his son Barney co-founded High Note Records, which is still actively producing and issuing jazz recordings. Artists associated with Joe Fields over the years include Houston Person, Pat Martino, Etta Jones and Red Rodney.

Join host Tom Engelmann Monday January 22 at 8 p.m. as he presents the productions of jazz entrepreneur Joe Fields on another edition of “Unsung Heroes: Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music,”

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The Bureau of Land Management will be holding a public hearing in Billings in a couple of weeks on the use of motorized vehicles in managing wild horses and burros.

Jerrie Bertola, the Wild Horse and Burro Program lead for Montana and the Dakotas, says the BLM uses motorized vehicles to get population estimates and collect monitoring information as well as general management.

Montana’s state health department is getting ready to take over day-to-day help for 3,000 people with developmental disabilities this spring, after severing contracts with four private contractors.

The department says it had no choice after state lawmakers and the governor cut $49 million out of its budget in November.

The Flathead National Forest is hosting an open house on a proposed timber sale near Bigfork.
Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest is hosting an open house on a proposed timber sale near Bigfork.

The open house for the Bug Creek Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project happens February 6 at the Swan Lake Ranger Station in Bigfork. The agency will have specialists on hand to answer questions, it’s taking public comment on the proposal until February 16.

Man on a phone.
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Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester wants immigration officials to tell Congress when they eavesdrop on cell phone conversations. His proposal is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s 2018 budget, which is still under consideration in Congress.

San Francisco's KQED is one of several public radio stations trying to help people find the best prices for healthcare.
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Shopping for health care is kind of like going to a grocery store where there aren’t any price tags. That jar of spaghetti sauce might cost $4, or maybe $50. But in health care you typically don’t find out prices until you get to the checkout counter. People with one kind of card pay one price, those with another pay a different one, and you may do better or worse if you offer cash.

Last year Montana lawmakers, frustrated by how hard it is to shop for the best deal in healthcare, set up a special committee to find solutions. That committee meets for the first time Wednesday.

Patty Dickerson of Bozeman brought this sign to the 2017 Women's March in Helena.
Olga Kreimer

Last year’s Women’s March drew more than 10,000 people to Helena. Organizers this year are trying something different. This time there won’t be one big, centralized rally.

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