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Water Plant Modified
10:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Glendive Tap Water Expected To Be Declared Safe Today

Decontamination of Glendive’s water treatment system following Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone River appears to be working. That’s according to the U-S Environmental Protection Agency’s Paul Peronard, who’s overseeing clean-up.

Glendive’s tap water was declared unsafe to drink Sunday after toxic benzene from the oil spill was found in it. Peronard says adjustments to the plant’s intake pipe in the river, and additional filtration mean the water could be declared safe as early as mid-day today.

Now, he’s asking for help from Glendive residents.

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Yellowstone River Pipeline Spill
6:14 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Glendive Water System Still Offline, Mitigation Efforts Continue

Map of the Poplar Pipeline.
Credit Bridger Pipeline LLC

It doesn’t look like Glendive’s tap water will be declared safe to drink today.

Glendive residents were told not to drink or cook with town water on Sunday, following Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone River six miles upstream.

Glendive draws its drinking water from the Yellowstone, and benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer, was detected in tap water on Sunday.

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2015 Legislature
5:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Changes To State Election Laws

Credit William Marcus

Montana lawmakers are considering changes to the state’s election laws.

One bill (House Bill 77) would change who would prosecute political robo-calls which are against the law in Montana. The other bill would allow a special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate, rather than an appointment by the Governor.

Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio has more from the Capitol.

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2015 Legislature
4:58 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Protection For Whistleblowers, Reporters On Thursday's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

Republican Representative Daniel Zolnikov is out to protect whistleblowers and the reporters they talk to. Or at least, he’ll try with House Bill 229 at the state Capitol on Thursday.

Zolnikov says the bill would prohibit police from issuing a subpoena to get emails or reporter's notebooks revealing confidential sources.

“They can’t force the press to share who gave you that email, but they can go get the emails. Your emails. The press’s emails. That’s a big loophole.”

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2015 Legislature
4:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill To Raise Montana Minimum Wage Faces Uphill Battle

Jonathan Windy Boy (D) - SD16
Credit Montana Legislature

Today at the Montana Legislature, Democratic Senator Jonathan Windy Boy introduced a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.10 an hour.

Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy says the bill is necessary.

“Montana’s average annual wage of $37,575 ranks 47 out of the 50 states.”

Sheena Rice of the Montana Organizing Project says the bill would help those who need it most.

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Yellowstone River Pipeline Spill
4:27 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

EPA: Glendive Drinking Water Could Be Restored Today

Update 5:45 p.m., 01/21/15: The EPA now says it's unlikely that Glendive's drinking water system will be back online tonight.

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Yellowstone River Pipeline Spill
4:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

EPA Rep In Glendive Explains Pipeline Spill Cleanup Efforts

Credit Courtesy EPA

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney spoke with Paul Peronard with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the oil pipeline spill and cleanup on the Yellowstone River near Glendive, MT. Listen to the full interview below.

 

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Spill, Cleanup "Our Responsibility"
2:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Interview With Bridger Pipeline On Their Oil Spill Into Yellowstone River

Bridger Pipeline LLC is based in Casper, Wyoming.

A 12-inch diameter steel pipe carrying Baaken crude oil broke where it crosses the Yellowstone River six miles upstream from Glendive, Montana Saturday.

An estimated 40,000 gallons of oil entered the river, and caused the shutdown of Glendive's drinking water plant. 

    

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MTPR Program Highlights
8:35 am
Wed January 21, 2015

January 22 - 28

THURSDAY January 22, 2015

5:00-9:00 a.m.    Morning Edition from NPR, Montana Morning News, and Marketplace Morning Report

9:00 a.m.    A Writers Almanac - Historical literary calendar, commentary and poetry with host Garrison Keillor

9:05 a.m.    Morning Classics – Duvernoy: Trio #1 for clarinet, horn, and piano; Spohr: String Quartet #18 in B minor, Op. 61; Weber: Grand Duo Concertante in Eb major. Op. 48; Hummel: Piano Sonata #9 in C major; Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92
 
11:00 a.m.    Freeforms with Zed

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Fiction
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Love, Lament, And Letters In A Montana Cabin

David Allan Cates talks about and reads from his latest novel, Tom Connor's Gift, about which Bryan Di Salvatore writes, "Coursing between anecdote and musing, this is a novel only grownups can understand. It is smart and ecstatic and it will break your goddamn heart."

About the book:

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