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Montana Elections
4:37 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Governor Bullock Says Every Ballot Counts In This Year's Elections

Montana Governor Steve Bullock cast his ballot Tuesday morning in Helena.
Credit Steve Jess

Montana Governor Steve Bullock cast his ballot in Helena this morning,  and then met with reporters outside the Helena Civic Center. Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief Steve Jess was there.

The Democratic Governor politely dodged questions about who he voted for, except to say that no one would be surprised if they knew. But he reminded Montana voters that many elections, especially on the local level, are decided by slim margins, so every vote really does count.

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Stone Container Cleanup
5:31 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Frenchtown Stone Container Cleanup Plan Delayed

Credit Courtesy EPA

It will take more time before we learn about potential cleanup options at a former paper mill in Frenchtown.

Today was the Environmental Protection Agency's original deadline for the site's prior and current owners to present a "good faith" cleanup offer. The plant was in operation since the 1950’s. It was most recently owned by the Smurfit-Stone Container. The plant closed in 2010 and was purchased by M2 Green Redevelopment in 2011.

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Mountain Water Purchase
5:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Public Hearing On Mountain Water Purchase Tonight

The Missoula City Council may vote tonight on a proposal that would allow the mayor to continue his effort to force the sale of the local water company to the city.

The Carlyle Group currently owns Mountain Water Company. A Canadian firm, Algonquin Power,  has entered into an agreement to purchase Mountain Water and its California based parent company for $327 million.

The city's attempt to use eminent domain to take ownership of Mountain Water has proven to be costly and raised a few eyebrows.

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Montana Elections
4:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Election Day Preview With Dennis Swibold And Christopher Muste

MTPR News Analysts Dennis Swibold and Christpher Muste will join Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk for our election day coverage/
Credit Eric Whitney

Our national election coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. with NPR’s election night special coverage.

Coverage of local races starts at 8:00 p.m., and we’ll have local reports and analysis every thirty minutes until at least 10:00 p.m.

We’ll have reporters in Helena and Bozeman. Here in Missoula, Edward O’Brien will host our coverage. Joining him in the studio will be our Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk.

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Montana Elections
2:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Snapshot: Ad Spending In The Montana Federal Races

A look at the ad buys on Missoula broadcasting outlets in the last month.
Credit Ric Sanchez

This year's elections have paled in comparison to the $50 million spent on 2012's fight between Sen. Jon Tester and former Congressman Denny Rehberg, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been any activity on television.

We culled through reports from Missoula-area broadcasters to get a sense of the amount of money being spent in the top races in the state.

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Montana Supreme Court
8:54 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Outside Money Puts Spotlight On High Court Race

Outside money has flowed into the race for Montana Supreme Court, helping former Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke challenge incumbent Mike Wheat.
Credit Jessie Mazur

Campaigns for the Montana’s Supreme Court may be nonpartisan by law, but record spending and aggressive ads by independent groups is making one high court race look anything but.

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Campaign Beat
5:28 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Who Is AFP And Why Are They Spending So Much On Montana Elections

Screen capture from an AFP ad.

This week on Campaign Beat: Is the Stanford/Dartmouth apology too little, too late? Who is Americans for Prosperity and why are they spending so much on a Montana Supreme Court race? How effective are the new ads in the House and Senate races?

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

Former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, Sally Mauk, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Mack Days Fishing Tournament
5:27 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

'Not My First $10,000 Fish'

Felix Gauci, winner of the $10,000 fish
Credit CSKT Natural Resources Department

A Stevensville man is $10,000 richer because of a 10-inch fish he caught in Flathead Lake.

Every spring and fall since 2002 the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes holds the Mack Days fishing tournament, offering lots of prizes to anglers. The tribes do it to help reduce the number of non-native Mackinaws, or lake trout in the lake, because they’re crowding out native fish like Bull trout and West Slope cutthroats.

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UM Athletics Champion Center
4:56 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

$7 Million Donation To UM Athletic Department

A drawing of the new UM Athletic Champions Center.
Credit Courtesy of The University of Montana

The $7 million donated to the University of Montana’s Athletic Department today is by far the most money ever donated in the department's history.

Kevin and Kyle Washington gave the money on behalf of the The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. They are sons of the two philanthropists and Montana business moguls.

University officials say the funds will be used to build a new, $14 million football locker room and a student athlete weight room.

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Absentee Voting
3:33 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Absentee Voting Surges Ahead Of 2010 Numbers In Most Counties

Early voter turnout looks good -- especially for a midterm election year.

Turnout tends to dip in years without a presidential election, but the absentee voting numbers are already looking higher in Montana’s largest counties than they were in 2010.

“Every election, the number of absentees continue to grow,” said Lewis and Clark County election administrator Paulette DeHart.

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