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This Week In Montana Politics
3:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Plagiarism, Citizen Initiatives, REAL ID And Logging

This Week in Montana politics.

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FVCC Firearms Class
10:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Training A Gun Manufacturing Workforce

Instructor Lee Helgeland demonstrates "checkering" in one of FVCC's NRA Short-Term Gunsmith courses. The college has been offering these types of courses, but this fall it will offer a new for-credit Firearms Technology Certificate geared toward training a workforce for the gun manufacturing industry.
Credit Katrin Frye

Training a workforce for a growing gun manufacturing industry is the goal behind a new program at the Flathead Valley Community College. This fall, FVCC will offer a new Firearms Technology Certificate.

Fred Zeglin is coordinating the program. He said there are about 15-gun manufacturers in the Flathead, and he spoke with a number of them about what they’re looking for.

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Walsh Plagiarism
5:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UM Professor: Walsh Plagiarism 'is obvious, it's blatant and it's massive in scope'

University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin.
Credit Rob Saldin

The Walsh campaign began yesterday by touting a new poll showing Walsh gaining ground against his Republican opponent, Steve Daines in the U.S. Senate race. By the afternoon, Walsh was facing serious allegations of plagiarism that University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin says "totally undermines his credibility."

Professor Saldin, has been following the Walsh plagiarism story and visited with Edward O'Brien today about the latest developments.

 

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Walsh Plagiarism
7:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Sen. Walsh Accused Of Plagiarizing Master's Thesis

Sen. John Walsh

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Montana Sen. John Walsh "appropriated at least a quarter" of his 2007 master's thesis for the U.S. Army War College "from other authors' works, with no attribution."

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Salish Kootenai College
10:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Tribal - NASA Project To Teach About Climate Change

The Salish Kootenai College is one of four tribal colleges or universities, nationwide, to receive a grant from NASA to develop climate change curriculum. The grants come from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, and range from $413,000 to $1,009,000.

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Montana News
11:24 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Chemical Spill Update: Officials Closing Blackfoot River East Of Missoula

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:
Environmental health experts say chemicals were in a non-hazardous state and have largely disbursed and diluted. No sulfuric acid reaction. No reports of fish/wildlife kills. Rivers and access sites to re-open shortly.

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Citing an "abundance of caution", Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers from Johnsrud Park, west into Missoula are closed down due to a chemical spill.

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Breaking
10:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Semi Rolls Over On Highway 200; Chemicals In BlackFoot River

A semi tractor trailer rolled over near mile-marker 3, near Marco Flats on Highway 200 east of Bonner this morning, spilling an undetermined amount of chemicals into the Blackfoot River. 

Missoula County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says officials don't yet know much about the specific chemicals, only that, "if mixed with water, there can be unknown risks."

A hazardous materials team is on scene and a boom is in the water to contain the spill.

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Montana News
6:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Newscast for 07-21-2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition:

Two suspects have been arrested in connection to last Wednesdays' shooting on I-90. The search continues for a missing kayaker on Flathead lake. And investigators think they know what caused the crash that killed 6 people last month, but their findings aren't ready to be released.

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Missoula Housing Market
4:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Missoula Home Sales Lagging, Prices Rising

Missoula's housing market is warming up just a bit.

In the words of Missoula Organization of Realtors President, Brint Wahlberg, it's slowly but steadily improving.

The number of homes sold the first six months of this year stands at 454, compared to 557 during the first half of last year. The median "sold price" rose to $220,500 from $214,000 during the same period in 2013.

Wahlberg explains to Edward O'Brien the three main factors behind the lagging sales. The first one is interest rates :

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July Rain Showers
3:54 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

More Rain In The Forecast For Western Montana

Raindrops on a window.
Credit Flickr user nataliej (CC-BY-NC)

July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.

Many early-risers in our listening area awoke to just that this morning and weather forecasters say more of the same is coming.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Genki Kino, says this morning's rain was the first measurable precipitation in Missoula for this month. Nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 4:30 and 6-a.m.

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