Front Row Center
5:00 am
Sun January 18, 2015

The Great Gatsby: The Montana Rep Brings An Enigma To Stages Across Montana And The Country

Michael Marsolek talks with Greg Johnson, artistic director of the Montana Repertory Theatre, and actor Mark Kuntz, about the Rep's touring production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," adapted for stage by Simon Levy.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Do Gut Bacteria Tell Us What To Eat?

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a model of the microbial environment inside the human gut. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Greg and Jon continue their discussion of Ari LeVaux's online column, "Irony Alert: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat" with information from a second article cited by LeVaux: "Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?" by Jeffrey Norris, UC San Francisco -  itself summarizing new research review findings:

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Missoula Community Medical Center
5:56 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

New Community Hospital Owners: The Only Changes Will Be Improvements

Jeff Egbert, the new interim CEO at Missoula Community Medical Center addresses a press conference Friday.
Credit Eric Whitney

The sale of Missoula Community Medical Center became official today. The $75 million deal took effect one minute after midnight, and hospital executives celebrated later at a press conference.

The new owners are Billings Clinic and Tennessee-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners.

Marty Rash, CEO of RegionalCare says the deal should expand medical offerings on both sides of the continental divide.

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2015 Legislature
5:44 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Drug Testing For Food Stamp Recipients On Monday's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

On Monday, the Montana Legislature will hear a contentious bill sponsored by Republican Representative Randall Pinocci. House Bill 200 would require drug testing for those who claim to have had a drug problem in a form used to apply for food stamps.

Pinocci says this bill could protect children.

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Montana Legislature
5:14 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Bill Would Change Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Prosecutions

Credit William Marcus

Friday morning, Montana legislators heard House Bill 37, which would allow past evidence to be part of current cases of domestic violence and child abuse.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert testified that previous violent offenses could lead to more serious crimes.

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Health & Hygiene
4:48 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Flu Kills 4 More, Norovirus Flares Up In Montana

Credit Loren Kearns (CC-BY-2.0)

Four more Montanans have been killed by the flu in the past week.

The state health department says a total of 6 people have now died from the virus this season. 270 people have been hospitalized and the flu has sickened over 2,100 Montanans so far this season.

Another 11 Montanans have been hospitalized due to Norovirus. The state health department says there have been 11 outbreaks of that virus that have sickened nearly 300 Montanans since October.

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Capitol Talk
4:23 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

'Capitol Talk' Looks At Spending Disputes At The State Legislature

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison bring you news and analysis each Friday during the Montana Legislature on "Capitol Talk"
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on "Capitol Talk:" disagreement over how much money to spend and what to spend it on is at the core of many political disputes at the Montana Legislature.

Both parties agree on the need to improve mental health services, but that's where the agreement ends.

The conflict over state employee pay continues from the last legislative session.

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Less Spending Than Governor's Plan
12:11 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Republicans Introduce Bills Addressing Mental Health 'Crisis'

Hamilton Rep. Ron Ehli spent part of last year visiting mental health treatment facilities across Montana.
Credit Montana Legislature

Representative Ron Ehli, a Republican from Hamilton, was part of an interim committee that traveled the state for over a year studying the mental health issues. He says committee members, Republican and Democrat alike, came to one conclusion:

“Montana has a mental health crisis."

The response, at least from the Republican side, is a package of bills to enhance existing mental health services at the local level.

Ehli says the proposals total $8 million.

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Documentary Special
9:59 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core

01/25/2015 - The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there’s plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Natural History Under A Microscope

Daphnia, a genus of small, planktonic crustaceans. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Chris Moody

"Not long ago, I grabbed my boots, a small cooler, and a turkey baster from our kitchen. In just a few minutes, I had broken through the ice on the shore of the Bitterroot River, sucked up some water from under rocks, and squirted it into the cooler. I moved on a bit and watched two muskrats, while I listened to chickadees singing with the sounds of the river behind. This was natural history at its best, almost. It was about to get better. I returned home where my microscope was waiting to show me what minute life forms I had captured.

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