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Robin Turner is a task force member who is a victim advocate for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Michael Albans

Across Montana, 1,400 survivors of sexual assault haven’t had their rape kits processed. Since November, a special task force set up by Attorney General Tim Fox has been grappling with what to do with these kits.

Judge James Manley today ruled the portion of the water compact unconstitutional that protects members of a yet-to-be-created water compact board from being sued.
Flickr user Brad Smith (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

A district court judge is declaring wins for both the Flathead Valley irrigators who sued to overturn the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the state of Montana that’s defending the compact after it passed the state legislature last year.

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

Montana’s Environmental Quality Council heard about a potential legislative response to the pending partial closure of the Colstrip power plant.

 A crew member from Ronan and Associates climbs a whitebark pine tree to collect cones at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Nicky Ouellet

Whitebark pine is a species on the brink of endangerment. If whitebark go, several species of wildlife, including grizzly bears, will lose a significant food source. But researchers are slowly piecing together how to harness the tree’s natural defenses to preserve it.

Wind Manufacturing Booms In CO, Stalls In WY

Jul 19, 2016
Wind turbines
Flickr user jabzoog

Wind turbines are pretty sleek-looking from a distance, but there’s a lot going on behind those spinning blades.

Gov. Bullock Announces Proposals To Spur Business Growth
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock walked between yellow safety lines painted on the floor at the Anderson Steel Company in Great Falls Tuesday. Bullock choose the steel fabrication plant to announce new proposals aimed at spurring economic growth through legislative action.

Denise Juneau Officially Joins U.S. House Race
Corin Cates-Carney

Denise Juneau, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House, says her opponent’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night shows he’s more focused on his own political career than the needs of Montanans. Rep. Ryan Zinke focused on national security and criticizing Hillary Clinton.

Ryan Zinke

Last night Montana’s lone Representative in the U.S. House, Ryan Zinke, gave the final speech during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Gov Bullock and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie after the Good Neighbor Agreement signing.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock signed an agreement today with the U.S. Forest Service aimed at speeding up the work targeted at reducing fire danger and disease on federal land.

Harrison Fagg is a Montana delegate to the GOP convention from Billings.
Courtesy Montana Republican Party

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke addresses the Republican National Convention in Cleveland tonight. His remarks will focus on national security and the need for American leadership in the world. Harrison Fagg is a party delegate from Billings; he spoke to us from the convention center earlier today.

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