Montana News

Breaking News
1:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Update: University of Montana has issued "Shelter in Place, Lock Your Doors" alert. PRECAUTIONARY ALERT. NO UNFOLDING EMERGENCY OR VIOLENCE

Climate change
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The relationship of climate change to poverty is complex

Environmental scholar and scientist Diana Liverman
Credit University of Arizona

A leading environmental scholar and climate change scientist, Diana Liverman, is in Missoula this week to lecture at the University of Montana.

Liverman teaches geography at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the Institute of the Environment there. She's written several books and articles on the impacts of climate change, and how to adapt to it.
    In this feature interview, Liverman talks with News Director Sally Mauk about her 30-plus years' interest in our changing climate and what we should be doing about it.

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Breaking News
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery update:

Update: Paxson, Hellgate High, Loyola and St Joseph schools locking down as precautionary measure. NO EMERGENCY AT THOSE SCHOOLS.
Police extending search perimeter to 5th St, Arthur & Higgins Avenues...

Breaking News
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Breaking News: 2 Missoula area businesses held up. Police searching for suspect

Police searching for suspect(s) involved in two armed robberies on Broadway in Missoula. The Motel 6 Extended Stay and the Taco Bell. Police say victims describe suspect(s) as young, white male, 5'-5" to 5'-7". Different clothes in each incident but man wore bandanas in both hold-ups. Police looking for a silver passenger car that may have been the get-away vehicle in the Taco Bell hold up. Police with search dogs are scouring the area.
University of Montana (Mountain Campus) police have  issued an alert advising people to stay clear of the area north of the footbridge.

Developing
12:52 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Missoula armed robbery causes lockdown

Robbery suspect photo from Taco Bell

Police continue to search for a lone suspect involved in two armed robberies on Broadway in Missoula. The University of Montana campus is no longer on lockdown but the armed suspect is still at large. Check updates below for the latest information.

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Keystone XL Protest
3:51 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Protesters say pipeline jobs not worth environmental costs

Protesters gather in Whitefish 2/3/14 to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and push for renewable energy.
Credit Katrin Frye

Anti-Keystone X-L Pipeline protests popped up across the state and the country on Monday in response to a recent State Department report. The report came out last week and stated that the Pipeline itself would pose no significant increase to greenhouse gas emissions.         At a protest in Whitefish Steve Thompson with Glacier Climate Action said they wanted to send a clear message against building the Keystone X-L Pipeline.

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Wolf Debate
2:01 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wolf debate part of the “culture war”

Credit David Gilkey

Growing up in Montana, Nathan Rott knew wolves were controversial.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Just how much would Medicaid expansion cost the state anyway?

Items in parenthesis indicate a negative fiscal impact.
Credit Governor's Office of Budget and Program Planning

Analysis of a new ballot measure seeking to expand Medicaid shows expansion would not cost Montana as much as previously forecast, but the state budget would still take a long-term hit from the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative.”

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Homelessness
2:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

A new way to serve Missoula's homeless families

Michael Moore
Credit Edward O'Brien

Homelessness is a stubborn and pervasive problem in many places -  including, of course,  Missoula.
     Several local nonprofit service providers, along with the City of Missoula, announced this week they're shifting their approach to helping homeless families.
       The Coordinator of "Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness", concedes the "Housing First" model won't completely solve the problem, but Michael Moore says it's proven to have helped other communities.

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Graduation rates
1:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Montana graduation rates are on the rise

Credit MT OPI

  Montana’s high school graduation rate is on the rise. A new report from the state Office of Public Instruction touts a nearly four percent increase in the graduation rate since 2009, up to over 84 percent in 2013.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attributes much of that success to an initiative started by her office in 2010 called Graduation Matters Montana.

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