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6:56 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Evening Newscast 03-13-15

Credit Josh Burnham

A pair of bills intended to increase privacy in the digital age are making their way through the state legislature.

Montana State University has set a spring enrollment record for the seventh straight year, while the University of Montana reports an enrollment drop of 4.7 percent.

Butte native Rob O'Neill, a retired Navy Seal who said he fired the shots that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has joined FOX News as a contributor.

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2015 Legislature
6:28 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

State Budget On Next Week's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

Next week, the Montana House of Representatives will hear House Bill 2, the state budget bill. It arrives smaller than Gov. Steve Bullock requested, including a proposal to take away his plane, which he says is about party politics.

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2015 Legislature
6:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

'Moms Demand Action' Push Back On Expanded Gun Rights In Montana

Gun safety advocates have begun a push to defeat several bills that expand gun rights in Montana.

The Montana chapter of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense” is taking aim at two bills that would loosen the state’s concealed-carry laws, and another bill that would allow guns on college campuses.

They kicked off their drive with a capitol news conference, where one speaker was retired Lewistown educator John Moffatt, who was shot and nearly killed by a Junior High student in 1986. He doesn’t want guns on campus, and says students don’t them either.

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Capitol Talk
6:04 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Capitol Talk: Infrastructure Funding, Medicaid Expansion, Guns On Campus

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on "Capitol Talk", Sally, Mike and Chuck cover pre-school education's tough reception at the legislature, the infrastructure funding debate, Medicaid expansion passions, and concealed carry on campus.

"Capitol Talk," our weekly legislative news and analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the legislative session. MTPR's Sally Mauk is joined by Lee Newspapers reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

Tune in to "Capitol Talk" on your radio every Friday during the session at 6:35 p.m. and again on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
 

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2015 Legislature
5:41 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Legislators Weigh Lawsuit Over Out Of State Coal Ports

Montana legislators are considering giving $1 million to the Montana Department of Justice for a potential lawsuit against states hindering Montana’s coal trains from getting to larger markets. Namely, markets like China.

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2015 Legislature
5:15 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Tax Cuts Advance Even As Ending Fund Balance Remains Unknown

Credit William Marcus

The Republican-controlled legislature is closer to sending another tax cut proposal to Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s desk. The governor has already vetoed one tax cut measure.

Senate Bill 200 would reduce the income tax rates and broaden the tax brackets. The bill also reduces the capital gains tax credit rate.

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2015 Legislature
4:45 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Senators Hear Digital Privacy Bills At Montana Legislature

A pair of bills intended to increase privacy in the digital age are making their way through the Montana legislature. They were each heard today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote on them later.

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Climate Change
4:22 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Climate Change Activists Protest At Sen. Daines' Office

Climate change activists protest outside of Sen. Steve Daines' Missoula office March, 13, 2015.
Credit Eric Whitney

About 80 climate change activists rallied in Missoula this morning.

Led by Jeff Smith of the group 350Missoula, they gathered in front of Senator Steve Daines’ office here. There were there to, they said, “protest the senator’s denial of climate change science and his support for fossil fuel projects like coal exports, the Otter Creek Coal Mine, and the Keystone XL pipeline."

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Montana Newscasts
11:28 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Morning Newscast 03-13-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Another bill that would make it illegal for doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who ask for it has been endorsed by the House.

Lawmakers have narrowly endorsed a bill to add the chickenpox vaccine to those required for public school students.

Members of Montana's congressional delegation are proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations.

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50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest
6:21 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Short Fiction Contest: Arcadia Tolerance McKinship Finds a Home

Credit Alexander Steinhof

For our 50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest, we asked you to send a 700-word, or less, story in which Montana Public Radio is mentioned in some way. We'll be accepting entries until March 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April. This story is by Ethan Zimmerman.

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