Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Newscast 01-31-2014

Jan 31, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena files

for bankruptcy protection as part of a settlement with sexual abuse victims.

We'll also have an update on the city of Missoula's effort to own its water

system. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the

head of Northwestern Energy about the company's desire to own the dams that

produce much of Montana's power.

Newscast 01-30-2014

Jan 30, 2014

All the new snow across our listening area has made for dicey driving conditions. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye tells us about the latest development in the 30-year effort to protect the Flathead's North Fork. And in tonight's feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with U.S. Senator Max Baucus about the impending end of his career in congress-and his new adventure.

Newscast 01-29-2014

Jan 29, 2014

Winter weather returns to Montana, and is there to stay for the next few days. We'll also tell you about the farm bill the U.S. House passed today. And in tonight's feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the U.S. Senator Jon Tester about his longtime mentor, Max Baucus.

Newscast 01-28-2014

Jan 28, 2014

News Director Sally Mauk talks with reporter Edward O'Brien about Senator Max Baucus' confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Ambassador to China. Flathead reporter Katrin Fyre tells us about small communities working to attract larger airlines. And we will also tell you about Missoula City Council's authorization of the purchase of Mountain Water Company. 

Newscast 01-27-2014

Jan 27, 2014

A bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill could put an end to an over two-year fight. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us Lt. Governor John Walsh releases his military records to the public in the response to reports of a reprimand a few years ago. We'll also tell you about a new medical helicopter base in Butte. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the new CEO of the Montana Community Foundation.

Newscast 01-24-2014

Jan 24, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about new grants that seek to help ranchers protect their livestock from wolves. We'll also tell you about the growing curiosity over who Governor Bullock will appoint to fill Max Baucus's Senate seat. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a University of Montana researcher studying the impacts of concussions on the the brain.

Newscast 01-23-2014

Jan 23, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us Montana's decision not to expand Medicaid to uninsured low income residents has some people falling through the cracks of Obamacare. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye looks at the growing bicycle tourism industry in Montana. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with University of Montana Vice President Mike Reid about UM's latest budget cuts - and hiring chill.

Newscast 01-22-2014

Jan 22, 2014

The University of Montana must find another 9 million dollars to cut. We'll also tell you about a megaload protester arrested in Missoula. And in our feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce talks with long time newspaper reporter Eve Byron about why she's leaving the business.

Newscast 01-21-2014

Jan 21, 2014

Former Lt. Governor John Bohlinger says he may end his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about a new report that shows wolf numbers are declining in Yellowstone National Park. And in tonight's feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with Montana's Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Mark Rosston. 

Newscast 01-20-2014

Jan 20, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce talks with the co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network about the state of race issues in Montana. We also tell you about a new program helping people find work near Great Falls. And in tonight's feature, reporter Edward O'Brien continues his two-part interview with state corrections officials about what can be done to stem problems associated with poverty and substance abuse.

Newscast 01-17-14

Jan 17, 2014

More crime may mean more crime-fighters in the Bakken. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us why Montana continues to fight the federal Real ID program. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with state corrections officials about some new initiatives in the state's prisons.

Newscast 01-16-2014

Jan 16, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about an old rifle range that led to the closure this week of a Helena middle school - decades after the range was shut down. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us how one community is celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday in song. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a Montana who worked on the Oscar-nominated film "Nebraska", that was partially filmed in Montana.

Newscast 01-15-2014

Jan 15, 2014

Another scandal is revealed involving nuclear missile officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce has more on the potential health effects of lead contamination discovered at a Helena middle school. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with historian Michael Wise about the systematic eradication of wolves in Montana in the early 20th Century. 

Newscast 01-14-2014

Jan 14, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about lead contamination that closed a Helena middle school. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us how modern libraries are changing with the times. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a Yellowstone National Park official about why they have dropped the idea of bullet-vaccinating bison against brucellosis.

Newscast 01-13-2014

Jan 13, 2014

Former U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg says he will not run for his old seat in the U.S. House. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about new ice skating classes being held by the Helena Parks Department. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with one of the directors of the Mothers' Milk Bank of Montana.

Newscast From MTPR 01-10-2014

Jan 10, 2014

We're in for a stormy weekend, with possibly dangerous winds. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce looks at a new company that is helping oil companies recycle some of their waste gases. And in the second part of our seires on wolf mangement in the wilderness, News Director Sally Mauk talks with a conservation attorney about why he thinks wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness should be left alone by the state of Idaho. 

Newscast 01-09-2014

Jan 9, 2014

The Missoula County Attorney hopes to resolve a dispute with the Federal Justice Department without going to court. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about the kick-off to the 2014 election season. And in part one of a two part series, News Director Sally Mauk talks with an Idaho Fish and Game official about why they want to eliminate two wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Newscast 01-08-2014

Jan 8, 2014

Montana corrections officials dispute a federal report giving the state a poor grade on incidents of prison rape. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce brings us the latest on the Flathead Water Compact. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with researcher Norma Nickerson about positive trends in Montana's tourism industry. 

Newscast 01-07-2014

Jan 7, 2014

Recent student suicides have prompted intense counseling efforts in the Butte School District. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us how a new state water plan could change how the legislature views climate change. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the state's top disaster official about the danger of rail tanker cars carrying Bakken oil exploding.
 

Newscast 01-06-2014

Jan 6, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us critics of the Affordable Care Act gave Congressman Steve Daines an earful at a roundtable discussion today. We also tell you why the estate of a reclusive Montana copper heiress is still in dispute. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with ranch hand and author Bryce Andrews about his new book on the challenges of modern-day ranching in Montana - everything from encroaching development to wolves.  

Newscast 01-03-2014

Jan 3, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us names are already popping up to fill the Public Service Commission seat being vacated by Bill Gallagher. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye previews an upcoming Makers Faire. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a Native American activist who thinks Montana's corrections system could do better by its native inmates. 

Newscast 01-02-2014

Jan 2, 2014

The Missoula County Attorney wants to sue the federal justice department. In our ongoing series on the Bakken, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce looks into the growth of sex trafficking in the region. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with retired smokejumper Wayne Williams about changes he believes are needed in the training of wildland firefighters.

Newscast 01-01-2014

Jan 1, 2014

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us about the new laws passed by the 2013 legislature that take effect today. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye tells us how an oboist who lost his ability to play got it back again. And in our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien talks with the director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality about the first phase of the Clark Fork River cleanup near Warm Springs.

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.

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