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Hundreds of people who are homeless or at risk to be got help today in Missoula at the annual Project Homeless Connect event, where they were offered a variety of free services.

Colstrip power plant
Courtesy Montana AFI-CIO

The future of Montana's Colstrip power plant is very much in the news lately. The Clean Power Plan rules announced by the Obama administration in August called for Montana to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants more than any other state. And the utilities in West Coast states that own most of Colstrip face growing political pressure to stop buying coal-fired electricity from Montana. That makes for an uncertain future for the nearly 800 members of the Montana AFI-CIO unions who work in the Colstrip area.

The Sounds Of Yellowstone Are Now Available Online

Jan 28, 2016
Jennifer Jerrett recording sound for Yellowstone Collections at Mammoth Terraces on November 15, 2014.
National Park Service/Neal Herbert

Many of the natural sounds of Yellowstone National Park are available for on-line listening thanks to the work of audio producer Jennifer Jerrett. The Yellowstone Collection was launched today by Yellowstone Park and the Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University.

FWP: Feeding Wildlife Is Illegal And Dangerous

Jan 28, 2016
White-tailed deer.
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State and tribal Wildlife managers are reminding Montanans that the supplemental feeding of game animals is illegal on private and state land on the Flathead Reservation, as well as off the reservation.

Montana University officials are condemning accusations of unfair hiring practices at the University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

Montana University officials are condemning accusations of unfair hiring practices at the University of Montana. The charge is leveled by a group of community members and UM faculty.

Governor Steve Bullock gave an upbeat assessment of Montana’s economy today as he unveiled his office’s 2015 Economic Development Report.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock gave an upbeat assessment of Montana’s economy today as he unveiled his office’s 2015 Economic Development Report.

Marijuana
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Senator Steve Daines said today Montana veterans should be able to talk to VA doctors about anything they want, including whether to use medical marijuana.

Brad Johnson, former Montana secretary of state, current chair of the state Public Service Commission.
Josh Burnham

Brad Johnson, the current chairman of the state Public Service Commission, is dropping out of the 2016 race for governor.

UM economist Bryce Ward says Montana will need 16,000 additional healthcare workers by 2025.
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Growing demand for healthcare means that Montana is going to need 40 percent more healthcare workers in a decade than it has now. That’s according to University of Montana Economist Bryce Ward. He says that just to meet the projected growth in demand, the state will need 7,000 more healthcare workers by 2025.

The deadline set for the Protect Montana Kids Commission to draft recommendations to deal with the state’s struggling child abuse and neglect services may have to be pushed back.

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