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Are Microplastics Polluting Montana Waters?

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Peoples’ love of polar fleece and yoga pants could be contributing microplastic pollution into the water supply.

A Bozeman-based group will launch a sampling project in September to find out just how much of this pollutant is in the Gallatin River.

Morning Newscast 07-30-15

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MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

A relative says his aunt, uncle and cousin were gunned down when they stopped to help a man whose vehicle had run out of gas on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. FBI spokesman Todd Palmer confirms that two people were killed and a third wounded Wednesday morning in the tiny town of Pryor.

Authorities now believe that the fire burning in Glacier National Park was human-caused, and the National Park Service is turning to the public for help. Anyone with information can call or email the National Park Service.

Missoula’s St. Patrick hospital invited the media to see its new family maternity center that opens Monday.

Owners of the northwestern Montana Montanore mine say they are one step closer to operating after the Forest Service found the project in compliance despite objections received during the comment period.

08/02/2015 - From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter.” The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised.

07/26/2015 - 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which established the founding principle of modern law: presumption of innocence.  Today that principle is largely a casualty of the so-called war on terrorism. Trials, evidence, juries. Who needs them when we have an Oval Office assassination program carried out by drones? These pilotless aircraft have become the weapon of choice for Washington. They are efficient machines killing not only their intended targets but also whoever happens to be nearby. Collateral damage in Pentagon-speak.

The Barber of Seville

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08/01/2015 - composed by Gioachino Rossini

http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,10,6,3

07/31/2015 - More often than not, a fight is just a fight...Someone wins, someone loses. But this hour, we have a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/whats-left-when-youre-right/

Reveal for August 2015

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08/02/2015 - The Center for Investigative Journalism and PRX present an investigation into the culture of secrecy within the Jehovah's Witnesses that leads to the story of one woman who was ostracized after she accused an elder of abusing her.

https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/?gclid=COu79JSYgccCFViRfgodA50IBA

07/26/2015 - Here’s a line you might have heard once or twice: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words from the Declaration of Independence carry no force of law, but they do evoke an ongoing quest for fulfillment in America. On this show, the Guys consider what “happiness” might have meant to the Founders when they signed-off on the Declaration, and how it has changed in the centuries since.

Legendary jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence released Prayer For My Ancestors in 2008, 33 years after his 1976 album, People Moving. But the long gap between recordings doesn't mean Lawrence has been short of work. He's known as the go-to sideman for McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.

Evening Newscast 07-29-15

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MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Missoula's St. Patrick Hospital invited the media to see its new family maternity center that opens Monday.

A relative says his aunt, uncle and cousin were gunned down when they stopped to help a man whose vehicle had run out of gas on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation today.

A judge has sentenced a former Chippewa Cree tribal council member to 5  1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement, tax evasion and other charges in a federal corruption investigation.

Neptune aviation will offer charter flights between Missoula and Billings beginning in September 2015.
Courtesy Neptune Aviation

Missoula's Neptune Aviation may be best known for its red and white firefighting airtanker fleet, but it also operates a thriving passenger air charter service.

Starting September 3, the company is adding a new Montana route to its existing lineup; two round-trip flights per week between Missoula and Billings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Doctors and state officials Wednesday launched a new effort to fight the over-use of narcotic prescription drugs in Montana.
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Doctors and state officials Wednesday launched a new effort to fight the over-use of narcotic prescription drugs in Montana. The main focus of the campaign is a website called "Know your dose MT" that contains tools to help doctors and patients decide when painkillers like hydrocodone are appropriate, and how to spot signs of addiction.

Fire officials now believe that the Reynolds Creek Fire was human-caused.
Corin Cates-Carney

Authorities now believe that the fire burning in Glacier National Park was human-caused, and the National Park Service is turning to the public for help.

Spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)
Matt Lavin (CC-BY-SA-2.0)

The story of noxious weeds is the classic love story gone wrong. You see that beautiful so-and-so across the room, you hang out for a while, decide to move in together. But then you realize they’ve taken over your home, replaced your favorite stuff with useless junk and now you can’t seem to break up.

Heavy equipment loading coal at the Decker Coal Company.
Courtesy USDA NRCS

New legislation introduced this week aims to ensure taxpayers get the full value of coal mined from public lands. Critics say coal companies are ripping off American taxpayers by not paying their fair share of royalty payments.

Kathy Schaefer, regional director of women's health for Providence shows one of the new labor and delivery rooms at St. Patrick hospital in Missoula.
Eric Whitney

Missoula’s St. Patrick hospital invited the media to see its new family maternity center that opens Monday. Women’s Health Director Kathy Schaefer showed off one of the hospital’s seven rooms where moms will deliver babies.

Debra Magpie Earling is the author of "Perma Red" and "The Lost Journals of Sacajewea" In this 2012 interview on "Home Ground", Earling talks about her life and her writing.

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio", 07/26/15. Listen on the web, weekly on the radio at Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

Sunlight, Sodium, & Spiders: The Life Of A Montana Butterfly

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Spring azure butterfly.
Elena Gaillard (CC-BY-2)

A cluster of male butterflies called "blues" are sipping minerals from a damp, sandy patch at river’s edge. Each of the nickel-sized insects probes the sand grains with a proboscis, a tongue of sorts that’s more like a drinking straw. Then, something strange interrupts the peaceful scene. A butterfly keels over.

Morning Newscast 07-29-15

Jul 29, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state of Montana has settled a lawsuit with retired state and local government employees that will allow them to keep a 3 percent annual increase in pension benefits.

Union workers have again rejected a proposed four-year contract with the only company mining platinum and palladium in the United States.

Montana’s Public Service Commission yesterday refused to stop Liberty Utilities from trying to buy the parent company of Mountain Water, Missoula’s water utility.

About the book:

At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament cult. Jessie passed her childhood in New York, Switzerland, Connecticut, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and finally Los Angeles, where her life quickly became unmanageable. She was just fifteen years old.

Evening Newscast 07-28-15

Jul 28, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana's Public Service Commission said today it will continue its review of a Canadian company’s proposal to buy the private company that supplies Missoula’s drinking water.

Montana’s Public Service Commission today refused to stop Liberty Utilities from trying to buy the parent company of Mountain Water, Missoula’s water utility.

The state of Montana has settled a lawsuit with retired state and local government employees that will allow them to keep a 3 percent annual increase in pension benefits.

The Chippewa Cree tribe's former roads department head and environmental health leader has pleaded guilty to taking bribes and stealing tribal funds.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

The City of Missoula has hit a speed bump in its effort to take ownership of the city’s water system. 

The current owner, the Carlyle Group, is trying to sell Mountain Water Company of Missoula, and several other local water systems, to Liberty Utilities, a company that operates an assortment of water, electric and gas utilities around the country.

Tuesday attorneys from the City of Missoula pleaded with the state Public Service Commission to stop, or at least slow down the sale to Liberty, while the city pursues its own attempt to take over the water utility through condemnation. Attorney Scott Stearns, representing Missoula, says the city wants to start making repairs to the aging and leaky system.

Critics claim coal companies are not paying their fair share of coal royalties.
Flickr user Erin Kinney(CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Critics say that for decades the coal industry has gamed the system to underpay its fair share of federal coal royalties. They say those alleged schemes have padded the bottom lines of coal companies while short-changing state and local governments of tens of millions of dollars.

Jamey Guy

On July 24, Monroe Crossing, the bluegrass quintet based in Minnesota, unpacked their instruments in KUFM's Studio B, grouped around a single microphone, and recorded a short set, chatting between songs with "What I Like About Jazz" host John Arvish about gigs - including the collaborative bluegrass mass that won the group several performances at Carnegie Hall.

Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-sun Road is set to open from the west entrance to Logan Pass.
Glacier National Park (CC-BY-2)

Glacier National Park officials say they’ll open more of the Going to the Sun Road from the west side Wednesday, over the top of Logan Pass.

Fire danger sign
BLM

Despite cooler, wet weather, stage-1 fire restrictions remain active for most of western Montana, including Missoula, Lake, Ravalli, Sanders, Granite, Powell, Flathead, and Lincoln counties. Restrictions apply to all private, state, and federal land in these counties.

Morning Newscast 07-28-15

Jul 28, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Fire crews were taking advantage of cooler, wet weather in battling the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park. The fire has burned about 5 square miles of timber, brush and grass in rugged terrain on the north shore of St. Mary Lake since it started on July 21.

The Northern Cheyenne tribe plans additional investigations of cultural sites along the path of a proposed railroad that would open new areas of southeastern Montana to large-scale coal mining.

A judge has scheduled an Oct. 19 trial date on a Nebraska lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. District Judge Mark Kozisek set the date during a hearing yesterday.

Evening Newscast 07-27-15

Jul 27, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Cool, wet weather today helped firefighters make progress on the wildfire in Glacier National Park, and the St. Mary Visitor Center at the east entrance to the park reopened today.

The Cabin Gulch fire east of Townsend is now being called 92% contained, and many of the 153 people working that fire are expected to be released today.

Meanwhile, firefighters on the Crow Reservation have responded to 10 mostly grassland fires in the last week. One that started yesterday has burned about 1,700 acres, fanned by 50 mile per hour wind gusts.

Two dozen Montana grandparents have organized to push back against a state agency they say has shut them out as caregivers, and sometimes has placed grandchildren with parents they don't know.

The Trouble With CAFOs

Jul 27, 2015
Industrial chicken coop.
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The Food Guys detail problems with antibiotic use at concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs), discuss ethical concerns over treatment of animals, and question the claim that CAFOs are more efficient or cost effective than smaller operations.

Fire officials say the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park is now 30 percent contained.
Jennifer McKee

Updates on wildfires burning in and around western Montana.

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