Montana News

Beach Clemency
5:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor Bullock urges clemency recommendation for Barry Beach

In an unusual step, Governor Steve Bullock has sent a two-page letter to the state Board of Pardons and Parole, outlining why he thinks the board should recommend clemency for convicted murderer Barry Beach. The board is set to hear Beach's application for clemency April 29th. Beach has already served 30 years of a 100-year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kim Nees. He has long maintained his innocence, and was granted a new trial by a district judge in 2011.

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Public Access
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Community rallies to keep from losing Flathead Lake access site

The north shore on Flathead Lake has a MT FWP Fisheries Conservation site and a USFWS Waterfowl Production Area closed to the public March 1st through July 15th.
Katrin Frye

The potential to lose a popular access to Flathead Lake’s north shore rallies the community of Bigfork and shines a light on the issue of private property and public access to water. The access in question is a county-right-of way, running through government and private land on the north shore of the lake. There’s a US Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area and a state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Fisheries Conservation area, both currently closed to the public. The waterfowl production area stays closed to public access from March into July while birds are nesting.

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Uighurs
2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

"The Tibetans you've never heard of"

Credit Associated Press

The Uighur ethnic group in northwest China is increasingly making headlines in the Western press; usually in the context of a confirmed - or suspected - violent attack within China or Russia.

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Church and State
2:50 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Prominent atheist advocates for more separation of church and state

President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, Ronald Lindsay

Is America too religious - or not religious enough? Does our government truly separate church and state?
    The D.C. and New York-based Center for Inquiry would answer yes to the first question and no to the second. The Center lobbies and litigates for separation of church and state, and advocates for what it calls scientific naturalism.
    President and CEO Ronald Lindsay is in Montana this week to talk about his new book titled "The Necessity of Secularism." 

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Campaign Beat
10:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Candidates in Montana's high profile U.S. House and Senate races are gearing up their campaigns, as the primary is just six weeks away. Those who've raised the most money have new ads on TV, and messages they hope will resonate with voters.

In this edition of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, about who's leading the money race in the House and Senate campaigns - and who's got the TV ads generating the most buzz.

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Human Trafficking
3:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Modern day abolitionist gives hope to survivors of human trafficking

Founder of "Made by Survivors", Sarah Symons

27 million people around the world - in every country - are being held in modern slavery. Many are women and young children, living in despicable, inhumane conditions, and exploited sexually, physically and emotionally.
    This week, the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has tried to shine a light on this slavery, with a conference titled "Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana and the World."

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Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant
2:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

EPA finds groundwater and residential wells contaminated downstream of Columbia Falls Plant

The Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant is eligible for “Superfund” designation. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a reassessment report looking at contamination on the site, and in nearby waterways. Site Assessment Manager Rob Parker called this a screening assessment. They did not look at all potential sources for contamination, but focused on the landfill, percolation ponds, and sludge pond.

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Education
6:49 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

How the Kalispell School District hopes to make its case for a Technology levy

Flathead High School Library Media Specialist Murry Graham has been using funds from his media budget to buy computers, Kalispell's high school have been operating without a technology budget since 2010.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Kalispell School District is trying a little different approach as it asks voters to approve a $1.2-million Technology Levy.

It’s asking voters for a 10-year Technology Levy for both the high school and elementary school districts. Each request is $600,000 per year, over the ten year period.

A 2010 building reserve and technology levy failed to pass for the high school district, it passed for the elementary schools.

Kalispell tried again, and failed in 20-12.

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Child abuse prevention month
2:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Child abuse presents profound immediate and long-term problems

Teresa Nygaard(L) and Katie Peterson

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month - an unfortunate reminder that child abuse - in all its forms - continues to be a persistent problem.

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Hospital Changes
3:02 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Missoula's St. Patrick hospital to add obstetrics and newborn care

Missoula's St. Patrick hospital

More big changes are in store for hospital medical care in Missoula. Providence St. Patrick hospital announced today it is adding comprehensive women's and children's services, including obstetrical and newborn care, and a Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit. The new services will duplicate services at Missoula's other hospital - Community Medical Center - and the announcement comes in the wake of Community's recent decision to become a for-profit hospital under the new ownership of the Billings Clinic and Regional Care Network.

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