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Sen. Llew Jones (R) SD9
Montana Legislature

The State Department of revenue heard over an hour of testimony today over its controversial proposed new rule. It says a new tax credit scholarship program cannot be used to benefit religious-affiliated schools. 

UM's Vice President for Integrated Communications, Peggy Kuhr, says 13,044 students are attending UM this fall semester, a 6 and one half percent drop from last fall.
Josh Burnham

The ongoing enrollment drop at the University of Montana will have repercussions on the school's budget. But what exactly that means isn’t yet fully known.

UM's Vice President for Integrated Communications, Peggy Kuhr, says 13,044 students are attending UM this fall semester, a 6 and one half percent drop from last fall.

Denise Juneau, Montana superintendent of public school will challenge Ryan Zinke for Montana's lone seat in the House of Representatives.

Montana's Democratic State School Superintendent, Denise Juneau, wants to replace Republican Representative Ryan Zinke in Congress. Juneau, Montana's first Native American woman elected to statewide office, has officially launched her congressional campaign.

Juneau tells Montana Public Radio’s Edward O’Brien she wants to take her “work ethic and “ability to get things done” to Congress.

Arial Photograph of Milltown State Park and the parcel proposed for donation.
Courtesy Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks is analyzing a land donation that would add 10 acres to Milltown State Park east of Missoula.

The hospital in Whitefish has agreed to work more closely with Kalispell Regional Healthcare starting next year. 

The North Valley Hospital Board voted to formalize a relationship with Kalispell Regional on October 27th. Kalispell hospital leaders agreed to an affiliation agreement earlier in the month.

Montana Capitol
William Marcus

Montana’s Department of Revenue caused a furor when it said people who donate to private religious schools don’t qualify for new tax credits created by this year’s legislature. Representative Mary Anne Dunwell, a Helena Democrat, agrees:

Voting the old-fashioned way.
Josh Burnham

Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Susan Good Geise says voters on Tuesday not only said "no" to plans for a new detention center, they said “heck no”.

Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane says he’s “extremely grateful” for Tuesday’s 11th-hour victory of a $70 million high school bond issue. Local voters passed it as well as an $88 million dollar elementary bond. The levies will pay for local school maintenance, renovations, remodeling and technology and security updates.

File photo. Montana's construction industry needs skilled labor and is going out of its way to get it.

There's a labor shortage in Montana, just ask Bill Fritz.

"If you aren’t working right now, it’s your own fault. Everybody who says they don’t have a job – if you go out and get some training you can pretty much write your own ticket.”

UM Journalism School professor Jule Banville is calling all "public radio nerds" and fans of audio storytelling to come together at the Last Best Podcast Festival to enjoy stories from students and independent producers.
Courtesy University of Montana

There's no shortage of live music, arts, or film festivals in Missoula. Now a UM journalism professor wants to add another festival to the mix. This one for podcasts and the people who love them.