Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

12-31-2013 Newscast

Dec 31, 2013

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us more people died on Montana's roadways

this year than last - but fewer of those fatalities involved in alcohol. We'll also

have an update on clean-up of the upper Clark Fork River. And in our feature

tonight, the MTPR news staff looks back at the top stories of the past year -

from politics to firestorms.

12-30-2013 Newscast

Dec 30, 2013

College sports overall are turning a profit in Montana, thanks to football. We'll also tell you about a new way Missoula's two hospitals have found to save money. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with solar energy expert John Perlin about the history - and future -  of energy from the sun.

Newscast 12-27-2013

Dec 27, 2013

Longterm unemployed Montana workers will see an end to their extended federal unemployment benefits tomorrow. We'll also tell you about a wolf and coyote derby expected to go forward tomorrow in Idaho. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with an expert about the threat of radon gas.

12-26-2013 Newscast

Dec 26, 2013

A wind farm lawsuit raises the question the question of eagle protection. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye profiles retiring state fisheries manager Jim Vashro. In our ongoing series on the Bakken, capitol reporter Dan Boyce takes us to a unique writing workshop. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the federal ferret recovery coordinator about the challenges of re-introducing the black-footed ferret.

12-24-2013 Newscast

Dec 24, 2013

Law enforcement wants to make sure you get home safe from those holiday parties. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce profiles two Montana brothers hoping to make it to the Olympics. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye visits with a woman whose business is to deck other people's halls. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the founder of Missoula's Shipping Depot about some of the unique items people like to send for Christmas.

12-23-2013 Newscast

Dec 23, 2013

Dan Boyce reports on how the alleged rape of an inmate raises questions about the safety of a Montana jail. We'll also tell you about increasing avalanche danger. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a teacher from Sunburst Middle School about getting students interested in science and technology.

12-20-2013 Newscast

Dec 20, 2013

Pending state confirmation, Montana Senator Max Baucus will be the new ambassador to China. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce has an update on campaign finance violations. Flathead reported Kartin Frye looks at how organic farmers are dealing with GMO's. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee Newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the Baucus nomination-- and the impact on Montana's Senate race.

12-19-2013 Newscast

Dec 19, 2013

Senator Jon Tester's forest and recreation bill clears a key committee hurdle. In our ongoing series on the Bakken, capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us about some businesses succeeding there-- that aren't related to oil. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with champion freestyle moguls skier Heather McPhie about her hopes to make the Sochi Olympics.

12-18-2013 Newscast

Dec 18, 2013

Montana's senior senator may have a new job-- in China. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce has an update on the case of an illegal immigrant who alleges he was raped in a Montana jail. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a staff writer with the "Weekly Standard" magazine about former governor Brian Schweitzer's possible bid for the presidency.

12-17-2013 Newscast

Dec 17, 2013

A Washington man pleads guilty to murdering his three-year-old son in Montana. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us the owner of a dog mistakenly shot by a wolf hunter plans to sue. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us about a new bus service between Missoula and the Flathead and Mission Valleys. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a health expert about Montana's ability to handle a major outbreak of infectious disease.

12-16-2013

Dec 16, 2013

A man is charged with beating his grandmother to death in Missoula. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce has an update on flood damage done to the state capitol be a burst water pipe. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a financial policy expert about regulating banks that are deemed too big to fail.

Newscast 12-13-2013

Dec 13, 2013

Women's advocates want the state Supreme Court to order the re-sentencing of a teacher who raped a student. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye visits the one remaining dairy in the Flathead to find out how they're surviving a tough business. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a state legislator who wants Montana to do more to deal with climate change.

12-12-2013 Newscast

Dec 12, 2013

In a surprise plea agreement, a Montana newlywed pleads guilty to killing her husband. In part two of our ongoing series on the Bakken, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce visits with the Sydney Herald newspaper's longtime editor. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with Federal Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Chris Servheen about delisting the great bear.

12-11-2013 Newscast

Dec 11, 2013

Testimony continued today in the trial of a newlywed accused of murdering her husband by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the spokeswoman for a national gun control group about the first anniversary of the Newtown shootings. 

Newscast 12-10-2013

Dec 10, 2013

The brother of a woman accused of murdering her husband in Glacier Park takes the witness stand. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye has an update on a new avalanche center. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a leader of the movement to get federal lands turned over to state control.

12-09-2013 Newscast

Dec 9, 2013

Slick roads cause dozens of crashes in western Montana, including at least one fatality. Reporter Edward O'Brien tells us about the opening day in the trial of a newlywed accused of murdering her husband in Glacier Park. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a research hydrologist about a new study showing less wind means less snow in the Pacific Northwest.

Newscast 12-06-2013

Dec 6, 2013

It's going to be a very cold weekend for football, and news director Sally Mauk talks with Greg Sundberg about those frigid temperatures will effect attendence. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us what it takes to be a memeber of the ski patrol. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with exercise physiology expert Brent Ruby about what it takes to be an endurance athlete. 

Newscast 12-05-2013

Dec 5, 2013

This cold snap is breaking records-- And filling local homeless shelters. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce has the first in a five-part series on impacts from the Bakken oil boom. Tonight's story focuses on infrastructure. And in our feature interview, news director Sally Mauk talks with noted historian James Oakes about some of the myths Americans have about the Civil War.

Newscast 12-04-2013

Dec 4, 2013

Capitol reporter Dan Boyce  shares how no one is quite sure yet how Montana's new health care foundation plans to spend $40 million. We'll also tell you how this cold snap may affect bark beetles. And in our feature interview, news director Sally Mauk talks with University of Montana forestry professor Martin Nie about the revival of the Sagebrush Rebellion.

Newscast 12-03-2013

Dec 3, 2013

Even more cold weather is on the way to Western Montana as weather tops our news again tonight on Montana Evening Edition. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us why the university system is looking at changing its student health insurance plan. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye previews a conference on organic farming. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with advocates of a living wage for Montana workers.

12-02-2013 Newscast

Dec 2, 2013

Get out the heavy coat, the thermometer is headed for a big drop for the next few days. Weather tops our news tonight on Montana Evening Edition. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce has an update on the short-handed state public defender's office. And in our feature interview, news director Sally Mauk talks with University of Montana journalism professor Ray Fanning about our declining news literacy.

Newscast 11-29-2013

Nov 29, 2013

Two suspects in an undercover drug sting shooting face felony charges and 6-figure bails. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce visits a Helena gym to find folks working off their holiday meals. And in our feature interview, repoter Edward O'Brien talks with the executive director of Lutheran Social Services of Montana about adoption. 

Newscast 11-28-2013

Nov 28, 2013

A Missoula officer is in the hospital after being shot during an undercover drug operation. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye takes us to farms helping people with disabilities. And in our feature interview, Edward O'Brien talks with the director of the Missoula YMCA about their programs going beyond the health and wellness facilities.

Newscast 11-27-2013

Nov 27, 2013

A shooting this afternoon in Missoula sends two people to the hospital. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us about a hefty fine against a dark money group that may be tricky to collect. And in our feature interview, news director Sally Mauk talks with farmer Courtney Cowgill about the special turkeys she and her husband raise on their farm north of Great Falls.

Newscast 11-26-2013

Nov 26, 2013

A Kalispell pilot survives a hard landing near the Kalispell city airport. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us why it's important to be screened for Alzheimers. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce takes us to a visit with some pardoned turkeys. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with state fish and game official about Montana's new law allowing motorists to salvage roadkill.

Newscast 11-25-2013

Nov 25, 2013

Dan Boyce tells us about Montana's U.S. house race getting more crowded. Gun advocates want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a Montana gun law. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with security expert David Hamon about the threat posed by cyberattacks.

Newscast 11-22-2013

Nov 22, 2013

Montana's unemployment rate continues to fall. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us about the effort in Helena to make some playgrounds more accessible to kids with disabilities. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a department of defense official about the ever-increasing service of National Guard and Reserve soldiers...and the strain that puts on their employers.

Newscast 11-21-2013

Nov 21, 2013

A Missoula company is fined for safety violations in the wake of an employee's death on the job. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us about a new test to replace the GED. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye finds out how high school students are getting real world business experience. And in our feature interview, news director Sally Mauk talks with a former Kalispell resident featured in an award-winning documentary urging support for gay rights.

Newscast 11-20-2013

Nov 20, 2013

Authorities are looking for a man who reportedly assaulted a female student last night near the University of Montana. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us about a university policy that lawmakers want changed. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with UM's new campus student assault prevention coordinator.

Newscast 11-19-2013

Nov 19, 2013

A Montana photographer gets life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing a child. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce previews a vote on an open container law in Butte. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us where skiers are already hitting the slopes. And in our feature interview, news director Sally Mauk talks with the Great Falls postmaster about how the agency wants to solve its budget woes.

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