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News from the state of Montana.

A bill to cut the federal food stamp program, now called SNAP, by $4 billion annually for the next decade is heading over to the U.S. Senate.

The Republican-led U.S. House passed the SNAP cuts last week, over opposition from Democrats.

The proposed cuts could seriously impact local food banks in Montana. Executive Director of the Great Falls Community Food Bank David Abbott said currently about 10,000 people in Cascade County do not know where their next meal is coming from.

University of Denver

International law expert Ved Nanda  says the U.S. cannot isolate itself from the rest of the world without risking its own security.

Montana Developmental Center
Dan Boyce

The Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder is trimming about ten percent from its budget following cuts handed down by the state legislature.

The facility provides treatment to people with developmental disabilities whose aggressive behavior has led the courts to determine they pose a risk to themselves or others. Those in charge at MDC say they are working to make the $1.5 million in annual cuts without compromising safety or standard of care.

The national organization "Dress for Success" says it's helped hundreds of thousands of economically disadvantaged women from around the world in their job searches.

One in five Montana kids is going hungry.

The first female ambassador to South Korea is retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service after 35 years.

Dan Boyce

 The shaking of hands and rubbing of elbows is winding down in Butte.

The Montana Economic Development Summit wrapped up in the Mining City Tuesday.

Senator Max Baucus’s office and the Montana chamber of commerce led the organization for the event.

Corporate sponsors paid the quarter million dollar bill for the two-day summit, letting anyone who signed up to come for free.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says about 4,000 total attendees registered  to not only hear from some of the world’s leading business executives, but also to network.

Solutions from the Land

"Solutions from the Land Dialogue" Project Coordinator, Ernie Shea, says land managers are increasingly exploring the potential of using their lands in a more sustainable way.

Dan Boyce

The CEO of Boeing said Tuesday the company is expanding its Helena manufacturing plant by almost 50-percent.

Jim McNerney said the $35 million dollar expansion will add between 20 and 25 jobs to the facility’s workforce, allowing for the building of parts for the company’s 787 Dreamliner.

McNerney announced the expansion at the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte alongside Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock.

The Montana Jobs Summit   gives the following biography for Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg:

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke to the Montana Economic Development Summit  on Monday, addressing both the challenges and opportunities in creating jobs in the modern world.

Schmidt also has some advice for Montana, a state he says he "loves everything about."

Hear his full speech below

Sen. Max Baucus' Montana Jobs Summit kicked off today with remarks from some of the world's most respected business leaders.

The two-day summit is featuring keynote addresses ranging from Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmit, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and SpaceX and Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk.

Sen. Baucus introduces Musk in this 15 minute presentation.

Columbia College

Constitutional law scholar Melvin Urofsky  is in Missoula to deliver the Constitution Day lecture at the University of Montana.

Dan Boyce

Tug of War.

Boys vs. Girls.

A rope made of grass.

That was the scene Thursday afternoon on a 21-acre parcel of riparian land near the town of Cardwell.

About a dozen teenagers at Helena’s alternative high school have been spending four hours of almost every school day outside, combining wilderness survival skills with elements of their science and English studies.

Sally Mauk

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor  received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Montana today.

Dan Boyce

A small herd of genetically pure Yellowstone National Park bison transported to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation late last month are creating tension between the tribes and landowners adjacent to the animals’ enclosure.

WNYC Radio

The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is of course most meaningful to the survivors of those who perished.

NPS Photo / Jay Elhard

Glacier National Park’s new leader says the Park is facing many challenges, and opportunities. New Superintendent Jeff Mow is heading south, to Glacier National Park after more than 20-years working in Alaska.

“I have actually had the northern-most duty station in the National Park Service which is in the small Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range, I lived there for a couple years. So, anything is moving south in the National Park Service,” Mow said.

Dan Boyce

    

Why would a group of young people  be collecting toiletries for the National Day of Service?

Well, the items collected by the Americorps VISTA volunteers go to veterans. VISTA volunteer Jessi Sheava sayssaid for vets going through hard times, some staying at the local homeless shelter, toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo may be luxury items.

"A lot of veterans here in Helena are looking for jobs, are eager to find work and the basics are needed to help them in their everyday life," she said.

World Affairs Council

Many college graduates have jobs that have nothing to do with their degree - and many are not happy with the jobs they do have.

An environmental group called Earth First! is distributing a manual on how to sabotage the upcoming wolf hunting season.

It lays out steps for disrupting wolf hunts through methods such as smoke bombs and air horns as well as steps for destroying wolf traps.

The guide, released last month, continues to generate controversy.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with people on both sides of the trapping debate who disapprove of the manual—for different reasons.

Sally Mauk

She's ranked number 271 on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Clean energy advocates are closely watching the tax reform efforts in Congress, and hoping that reform provides clear and helpful policies for clean energy development.

Attorney General Tim Fox is asking the Montana Supreme Court to prohibit a District Judge from holding a resentencing hearing this Friday on the 30-day prison sentence a former Billings teacher received for raping his 14-year-old student.

The case has prompted widespread criticism from around the country.

Katrin Frye

The Flathead Valley Community College becomes the first stand-alone 2-year college in the state to offer a health clinic for students. The FVCC Student Health Clinic opened in the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Sciences with the beginning of the fall semester.

Physicians Assistant Shelley Naomi said she can treat patients for a range of ailments from preventative care like well-woman annual exams to flu shots, treating the common cold, and sexually transmitted disease testing.

University of Montana

The University of Montana's Legal Counsel presented a campus lecture today examining Title IX's impact in America over the last four decades.

Sally Mauk

Tribal leaders from around Montana gathered in Missoula this afternoon, to tell the chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs committee what they think is needed to boost economic development in Indian country.

David DeSilva

The Smuin Ballet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with performances in Missoula and Great Falls this month.

Sally Mauk

You get that craving say mid-afternoon, when the computer is down, and dinner is still hours away; you go to the vending machine and punch the Cheetos button.

The Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed several new cases of West Nile virus in Montana horses over the past week.

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