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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
Credit MT OPI

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
Credit Jon Tester

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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Frenchtown Fire
6:02 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Folf Course Fire

Credit Crystal Beckman

A fire was reported today just after 1:00 up Roman Ceek Road, north of Frenchtown and Interstate 90. The fire is named the Folf Course Fire, approximately 7 acres and cause of the fire is unknown. The fire is being fought by land and air support has been ordered. The fire is burning in grass and moving towards timber, the terrain is steep and potential high winds are a concern.

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House Debate Recap
5:26 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

House Debate Reveals Clear Differences Between Lewis, Zinke

John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated in Bozeman on Oct. 4, 2014

Montana's U.S. House candidates squared-off this weekend for their third - and arguably liveliest - debate.

Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke repeatedly drew sharp contrasts throughout Saturday evening's debate in Bozeman, starting with the question of how to best respond to the rise of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Zinke repeated his long-held stance that he'd prefer to fight the militants in the deserts of Iraq than here in America. Lewis called that a "simplistic" viewpoint:

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U.S. House Debate Audio
11:04 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Listen To Zinke-Lewis Debate From Bozeman Here

U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated in Bozeman Oct. 4, 2014.

U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis debated in Bozeman on October 4. Listen to the audio archive of the debate here. Watch the debate on the MontanaPBS website.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions
5:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Missoula Crowd Pushes DEQ For More CO2 Options

Montana DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning
Credit Cheri Trusler

A meeting to talk about reducing Montana’s carbon dioxide emissions drew more than 150 people to a Missoula hotel last night.

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality invited people to hear about and comment on their “white paper,” which shows five different strategies for the state to reduce Co2 emissions to meet a new federal target. That target for Montana is to reduce Co2 emissions by 21 percent by the year 2030.

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Zinke - Lewis Debate
4:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Watch Tonight's U.S. House Debate Live

U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis shake hands before their September 29 debate in Billings, MT.

U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis will meet for a third debate on Saturday, October 4 in Bozeman. You can watch the debate live right here beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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Campaign Beat
4:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Campaign Beat: House Candidates Suffer From 'Abundance Of Caution'

Screen capture from the NRA ad now running in Montana.

"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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Agency Options To Meet EPA Target
9:34 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

DEQ Hears C02 Concerns In Missoula

Montana DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning in Missoula Thursday.
Credit Cheri Trusler

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality was in Missoula Thursday night to talk about reducing carbon dioxide emissions. It was the last in a series of three public meetings around the state. The agency was explaining the options it’s come up with to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Montana, so the state can meet goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

It was also taking public comments. Missoula resident Jan Holm said, "If we’re really serious about reducing pollution and addressing climate change, we have to stop burning coal."

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