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50th Anniversary Short Fiction Contest
6:18 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Short Fiction Contest: Chasing Happiness

Credit Rafter Bard Morgans https://www.flickr.com/photos/rafterbardmorgans

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 Marged Bernstein.

It's barely 5 a.m. and Tess is outside talking to the moon backlighting the movie set that is rural Montana's Hi-Line.

“Damn cowboys,” she says, thinking about how Billy had dumped her.

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The Food Guys
7:24 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

The Food Guys Talk Farro, The Ancient Grain

A bowl of medium grain farro, or emmer. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Joel Rogness

Today Jon and Greg discuss farro. Farro is a popular grain that can trace its origins thousands of years back around the time of ancient Egyptian rule.

There are three types of farro. First, there is farro piccolo, which is the smallest of the farro grains. Then there's farro medio, which is called emmer. Then there is farro grande which is known as spelt. Spelt is a type of farro that is really a different grain altogether.   

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2015 Legislature
7:21 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Legislators: Montana Entitled To Money From Public Land Sales

Sen. Jennifer Fielder (R) SD7
Credit Montana Legislature

Thursday, the Montana Senate passed a bill to ask the Federal Government to pay up for lands they’ve sold off.

Republican Representative Jennifer Fielder says under the Enabling Act, the Government is supposed to pay the state 5 percent of whatever money it makes selling off public lands. Fielder said they’ve been shirking this duty, costing Montana money intended for schools.

“They’ve really never been asked for this, I think it’s just a small detail that’s been overlooked for a very long time.”

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Montana Newscasts
7:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Evening Newscast 02-26-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a 34-year-old man has been sentenced for trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl as she played with her brother in a Missoula park.

Democratic governor Steve Bullock is likely to veto an advancing Republican plan to cut income taxes.

Montana Veterans Affairs named John Ginnity as the permanent director today, after serving 8 months as the acting director.

The Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling today that allowed Great Falls casino owners to sidestep an anti-smoking law.

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2015 Legislature
7:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Tax Cut Bill Faces Likely Veto

Credit William Marcus

Thursday, the Montana House of Representatives passed a bill to increase tax cuts for all Montanans. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Keith Regier, brought this bill back to the House floor after a committee amended it to increase the tax cuts from .1 percent to .2 percent.

Regier says it’s good to give back when the government is in the black.

“A smart, responsible governor will recognize who’s funding the government and give them a break.”

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2015 Legislature
6:47 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bill Diverts Coal Trust Taxes To Fund Infrastructure Projects

Credit Montana Coal Council

The Montana Senate gave final approval to a pair of bills seeking to make long-term infrastructure investments using coal severance tax money. To do that, voters would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment.

The effort faces an uphill battle to get the necessary votes in the House to put the issue before voters.

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2015 Legislature
6:31 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

'Dark Money' Disclosure Bill Narrowly Passes Senate

Credit William Marcus

The Senate gave final approval to a bill that would shine the light on so-called “dark money” donations in Montana’s political campaigns.

Senator Duane Ankney says when neighbors contribute to a political campaign, the candidate is required to report that person’s name, address, and occupation.

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2015 Legislature
5:59 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Senate Votes Down 'Nicer De-icer' Bill

Snow plow with de-icer tank attached.
Credit Montana Department of Transportation

As it rushed toward its mid-session break, the Montana Senate Thursday killed a bill to cut back on the corrosive de-icing chemicals sprayed on the state’s roadways each winter.

Republican Dee Brown of Hungry Horse says the Montana Transportation Department is using more salt-based chemicals to melt ice on Montana’s highways, potentially damaging not just cars and trucks, but the environment as well.

"I am very concerned that the runoff and continuing runoff of chloride-based products is not good for us," Brown said.

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Hazardous Material Transport
5:03 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Rail Safety Analysis Sparks Concern Over Oil Trains

Oil train.
Credit flickr user: Roy Luck (CC-BY-2.0)

A new analysis of train safety and recent accidents involving spilled crude oil has caught the attention of many Montanans, especially as more trains carrying oil are moving through the state.

That’s because a lot crude moves on our rail lines.

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Montana Newscasts
10:16 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Morning Newscast 02-26-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Public Radio, Montana senators have given initial approval to a proposed water-use agreement on the Flathead Reservation.

The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to provide state funding for a limited number of students who turn 19 years old while in high school.

The multi-national company that owns the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant opposes the plant's listing on the Superfund program's National Priorities List.

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