Montana News

Missoula County Sheriff's Race
4:43 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Missoula Sheriff Candidate Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Missoula County Sheriff candidates disagree about the seriousness of the violations.
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Montana’s commissioner of political practices says Missoula County Sheriff candidate T.J. McDermott violated campaign finance laws.

McDermott has a very different interpretation of what that means than does his political opponent, Josh Clark.

Clark filed complaints about McDermott’s campaign practices in August.

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U.S. Senate Race
12:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

On Cusp of Historic GOP Win, Daines Seeks To Moderate His Positions

Daines seems set to end a century of Democratic control of Montana's seats in the U.S. Senate
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Watch Steve Daines’ television ads this fall and you will see a candidate still introducing himself to Montana – bobber fishing with one daughter, his wife describing how they met in church, his daughters hailing his legislative accomplishments.

That’s because two years ago he was a little-known Bozeman businessman running for the U.S. House whose only political experience was a failed lieutenant governor run in 2008.

Now, the first-term congressman is set to end a century-long Democratic lock on one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats.

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U.S. Senate Race
11:54 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Despite Long Odds, Curtis Stresses Grassroots Possibilities In Senate Race

Amanda Curtis is counting on a grassroots campaign to win in the U.S. Senate race.
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On a street near the University of Montana campus in Missoula, a homemade sign faces the road.

“Amanda Curtis for U.S. Senate” the wooden sign reads, its colorful ink stark against a white background. The sign was made by Michael Kirby, 53, in his garage.

“I like what she has to say,” he said. “She’s not establishment."

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Conservationists Hopeful, Ranchers Skeptical
6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

State Plan For Wild Bison On The Table Thursday

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Bison management always spurs passionate debate in Montana and a meeting tomorrow in Great Falls will consider whether wild herds should be established outside of Yellowstone National Park.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is considering that possibility.

Conservationist Keith Aune says he thinks Montana can develop a good plan. Aune's director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's bison programs.

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"Lost Boy" Addresses Montana Students
6:15 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

'Struggle And Success Are A Package'

John Dau
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High school students are used to being told how important education is, and that hard work brings success. Those messages don’t always resonate when they’re delivered by teachers and parents, but today hundreds of Montana students heard about hard work and suffering from a different source.

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Voter's Voice
3:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Voter's Voice: The Most Important Issue? Part 1

What is the most important issue in this election? Watch the video, then tell us what issue is most important to you.

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MTPR Interview
5:40 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Tester Talks Ag, ISIS and Indian Health Service

Montana Senator Jon Tester visited western Montana today. His trip included attending a health care summit in Charlo being put on by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Before going there, though, he stopped by Montana Public Radio to talk about a number of issues, including so-called “country of origin labeling,” the law that requires meat and seafood to carry labels so consumers can know which country it came from. He spoke with News Director Eric Whitney.

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Public Information Campaign
5:39 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Omaha's Advice To Missoula On Accepting Ebola Patients

University of Nebraska Hospital in Omaha.
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Last week Providence St. Patrick hospital in Missoula announced that it’s ready to take care of a patient with Ebola if it’s asked.

The hospital has special facilities and expertise because of its proximity to the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton. Researchers there work with dangerous infectious agents, including Ebola, and St. Pat’s has long been prepared to treat someone from the lab if necessary.

But, not everyone in the area is comfortable with the idea of a patient with Ebola being treated locally.

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"Climate Transformation"
3:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

$12 Millon In Mental Health, Anti-Bullying Grants To Schools

Denise Juneau, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Public school students and faculty are dealing with more than just academics today; they're also struggling with bullying and various mental and emotional health issues.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced today it's been awarded three grants worth over $12 million to address those needs.

School Superintendent Denise Juneau says a 5-year "School Climate Transformation" grant worth over $3 million will help reduce bullying in schools. It will also provide adults with clear guidelines on what to do when they see students being intimidated.

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"Can't be put on the credit card"
9:03 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Sen. Tester: Congress Must Debate ISIS Military Action

Senator Jon Tester
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Montana Senator Jon Tester says America needs to figure out how it’s going to pay for military action in the Middle East. Tester is in western Montana today to attend a health care summit put on by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. This morning he stopped by Montana Public Radio and spoke with News Director Eric Whitney. In this segment he talks about the current military conflict, hear more from our interview tonight at 5:30pm on Montana Public Radio.

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