Montana News

Libby Asbestos Healthcare
3:45 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

How health care reform is changing Libby asbestos victims benefits

The CARD Clinic of Libby is a non-profit organization providig asbestos screening and healthcare to people exposed to asbestos.
Credit Katrin Frye

Right now people living with Asbestos related diseases contracted from the W-R Grace mine in Libby and living in Flathead or Lincoln Counties receive additional Medicare benefits. These benefits include compensation for medical-related travel expenses and medicine not traditionally covered through Medicare.

But, if they now live outside of Lincoln or Flathead Counties, those benefits are not available.

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Tax Reform
3:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Baucus: tax reform needs to start with a 'clean slate'

Sen. Max Baucus (right) speaks with West Paw Design President Spencer Williams (left) and SeaCast VP Bert Robins
Credit Dan Boyce

US Sen. Max Baucus hashed out ideas for federal tax reform Wednesday with a council of Montanans representing a number of different industries. The Democratic leader of the powerful Senate Finance Committee is making broad tax overhaul a major priority before leaving office in 2014.

The federal tax code has not been overhauled since 1986. Baucus said about 15,000 changes have been made to the code since that time, making it overly-complex and causing the US to lose some of its competitive edge in a global marketplace.

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Education
4:26 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Montana improving school lunch at one of the fastest rates in US

USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon

Montana schools are improving school lunches at one of the fastest rates in the nation.

The US Department of Agriculture says Montana is one of six states where 98 percent of schools or more are meeting new meal standards set by the federal government.

In this feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon about the intent of these major revisions.

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Wolf Hunting
9:03 am
Wed August 21, 2013

'Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual' circulated by environmental group

The environmental organization Earth First began circulating a guidebook on how to sabotage the hunting of wolves last week.

The online guide lays out steps for destroying wolf traps, releasing trapped wolves and disrupting wolf hunts through methods such as smoke bombs and air horns. It asserts states, the NRA, and the Obama Administration are engaging in a conspiracy to wipe wolves off the face of the planet.

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Residents Fire Reax
3:44 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Residents nervously watch progress of the Lolo Creek Complex fire

Sleeman Road residents gather to share updates about the fire with their neighbors
Credit Sally Mauk

Residents of Sleeman Gulch, a few miles east of the Lolo Creek Complex fire off Highway 12, have been placed on pre-evacuation notice - meaning they need to be ready to leave on the spur of the moment. Sleeman road is a one-way-in, one-way-out gravel road.

Kirk Derby lives near the end of the road, in a house he and his wife just bought a year ago. Last night they left to wait out the fire in town, but returned today to clear more stuff from their house.

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Planned Parenthood
1:20 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Planned Parenthood of Montana's new president and CEO

Planned Parenthood of Montana's Martha Stahl
Credit Edward O'Brien

Planned Parenthood of Montana's new President and C-E-O, Martha Stahl, says she's a natural fit for the organization.

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Education
11:07 am
Tue August 20, 2013

State expanding early childhood education pilot program

Caregiver Amanda Hatch plays with two-year-old Maya at her day care center Katerpillar Korner in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock is looking to put more focus into early childhood education—that is, education before a kid is five years old. Bullock said Montana ranks near the bottom of states in investment in early ed.

However, state spending did increase this past legislative session by nearly $2 and a half million dollars.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says that money will go toward increasing a ranking program for day-care centers called the Best Beginnings Stars to Quality Program.

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Healthcare
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Lindeen: Health Insurance on MT's Obamacare marketplace competitive

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

 The country has just a few more months before many of the major elements of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, go into effect. This includes a requirement for Americans to buy health insurance, starting the first of the year.

An online marketplace will be giving Montanans without insurance options to buy plans from one of three providers. In this Feature Interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen about choices people will have regarding the marketplace.

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Fires
3:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Highway 12 SHUT DOWN due to fire danger

Growing fast...
Sally Mauk

Breaking: Highway 12, from the intersection of Highway 93 South to Lolo Pass is now CLOSED.

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4-H
10:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Western Montana Fair 4-H animal presentations

Justin Steck

The Western Montana Fair recently descended upon Missoula’s Fairgrounds for the 134th time. 

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