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Frenchtown Veteran Recalls His Experience In Vietnam

Nov 10, 2015
Roger Cox in Vietnam.

This Veterans Day we're bringing you the story of a Montana Marine who saw combat in Vietnam. Roger Cox, who now lives in Frenchtown, also spent 14 seasons as a smokejumper out of Missoula. He's 70-years-old, but still remembers exactly what it was like to be a college kid landing in Vietnam.

Snowy Veterans Day Forecast For Western Montana

Nov 10, 2015
Snow is headed to western Montana
National Weather Service, Missoula

Snow is forecast for western Montana this week, with the chance of icy roads and low visibility. According to the National Weather Service, Missoula:

Contribution Limits Back In Court Ahead Of 2016 Elections

Nov 10, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A constitutional challenge to Montana's campaign contribution limits is back in court with the potential to affect the 2016 primary elections after the same case disrupted the 2012 governor's race weeks before Election Day.

Five Helena-area families pose with their newly adopted children, and Gov. Steve Bullock.
Steve Jess


A chorus of third graders sang “Happy Adoption Day” for the crowd that gathered at the state capitol Monday afternoon.

Five couples from the Helena area finalized the adoptions of a total of seven children in front of judge Mike Menahan. Among them, Bill and Nicky Rook adopted six year old Ashley, their niece who’s lived with them for three years.

There’s a lot more awareness of sports-related concussions lately, but still no reliable physical test of when an athlete has recovered enough to return to play. A couple of researchers at the University of Montana are working on a promising blood test for concussion recovery. Their story, and those of the Montana athletes and trainers who help them, airs on MontanaPBS Tuesday in a film called “Concussion: Answers In The Blood?” Eric Whitney spoke with the film's producer, John Twiggs.

Weyerhaeuser is buying Plum Creek Timber for over $8 billion. Montana Wood Products Association Executive Vice President, Julia Altemus suspects the merger agreement will have little impact on Montana’s remaining wood products industry, including Plum Creek’s medium density fiberboard plant in Columbia Falls.

Tawnya Crazier is one of more than 30 presenters offering training during the three-day Sexual Assault Summit, which  runs Nov. 10 - 12 in the University Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.

Ira Glass is certainly aware of the phenomenal success of his radio program and podcast, "This American Life." But he probably doesn’t know he has changed the dialogue about sexual assault in Montana.

A Montana researcher says colleges and Universities nationwide aren't doing a very good job at giving students information about preventing and responding to sexual assault.

Jennifer Scroggins, an associate professor at Montana State University says schools appear fearful for their reputations.

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline
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Montana politicians of both parties found something to unite over today: their outrage over the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama rejected the permit application for the pipeline citing the need for America to lead the fight against climate change.

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan

Nov 6, 2015

Ending a process that has lingered for much of his time in the Oval Office, President Obama announced Friday that the U.S. has rejected TransCanada's application for a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline.