Montana News

Steve Daines
2:16 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Congressman Daines wants to cut timber--and food benefits

Republican Congressman Steve Daines
Credit File Photo

Montana’s Congressman Steve Daines is touting a bill he is cosponsoring which would increase logging on national forest lands.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act passed the U.S. House last Friday.

Supporters say the bill would boost local economies near forest land and help lower the risk of catastrophic wildfires like those seen near Yosemite National Park this summer.

But, the bill faces some stiff opposition, including from the Obama Administration.

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Steve Daines
9:29 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Daines defends cuts to SNAP benefits, MT food banks worry

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.

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Law expert/Syria
10:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Expert says U.S. right to threaten military intervention in Syria

International law expert Ved Nanda
Credit 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.

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2013 Legislature
1:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

MT Developmental Center reorganizing after 10-percent budget cut

The entrance to the Montana Developmental Center grounds in Boulder.
Credit 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.

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Dress for Success
9:40 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Do clothes make the woman?

Dress for Success Missoula

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.

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Hunger in Montana
9:18 am
Thu September 19, 2013

20 percent of Montana’s kids aren’t getting enough to eat

Logo for upcoming summit on childhood hunger

One in five Montana kids is going hungry.

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Ambassador Stephens
10:22 am
Wed September 18, 2013

First female ambassador to South Korea hoping to spend more time in Montana

Ambassador Kathleen Stephens

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

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MT Jobs Summit
10:12 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Biggest results of jobs summit may take time to see, if they are seen at all

22 year-old Alex Crosby lines up for a free website offered to businesses by Google during the Montana Economic Development Summit Tuesday
Credit 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.

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Solutions from the Land
2:20 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Collaboration and sustainablity as a revenue stream

Credit 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.

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MT Jobs Summit
1:50 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Boeing announces $35 million expansion of Helena plant

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney (center) announces an expansion to the company's Helena facility at the Montana Economic Development Summit along with Gov. Steve Bullock (left) and Sen. Max Baucus
Credit 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.

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