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2015 Legislature
6:48 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Veto Likely For Two Gun Bills Passed By State Senate

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The Montana Senate Wednesday passed two gun-rights bills that are virtual copies of bills the Governor vetoed in the last session.

Libby Republican Chas Vincent presented his bill to eliminate the need for gun owners to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Vincent says it’s a minor change, since permits have not been needed outside city limits in Montana for over two decades.

"Since 1991, everybody’s been able to carry concealed outside of city limits. So for 24 years, and there hasn’t been any data to suggest that that has been a bad policy," said Vincent.

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2015 Legislature
6:21 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Activists Use Youth And YouTube To Rile Up Their Base

2Legit hosts Debi Lombardi and Lucy Peraino review footage while producing a recent episode.
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Montana politicians and activists are starting to reach out to the public in new ways, trying to appeal to a younger audience.

In a small apartment, a few blocks from the University of Montana campus, two students prepare to record a video for their YouTube channel. It’s about the latest from the Montana legislature, not exactly a mouse-click magnet for younger viewers. But co-host Lucy Peraino thinks their "Daily Show" style can get their attention.

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill
5:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Crews Work To Re-Open Poplar Pipeline After Yellowstone River Spill

Arial, view of the Poplar Pipeline spill location on the Yellowstone River near Glendive, MT
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Oil could soon start flowing again through a pipeline that was shut down in January after spilling 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River near Glendive.

Crews and federal inspectors are testing the integrity of a fifty-mile section of that pipeline. Bridger Pipeline spokesman Bill Salvin describes the re-starting process as, "slow, methodical, safe and designed to ensure that everything along the pipeline is working exactly as it needs to work."

The spill temporarily contaminated Glendive's water supply.

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2015 Legislature
4:25 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Bill Would Stop Montana Police From Using Military Surplus

Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck or "Bearcat", used by the Nashville Police Department.

At least six Montana police departments, including Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula, are using armored vehicles similar to those used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of them are military surplus. 

Now the legislature is considering a bill that would ban local police from acquiring surplus “MRAPS” or “BEARCATS”, which have been criticized as a symptom of the militarization of police forces across the country. 

Republican Nick Schwaderer from Superior wrote the original bill to stop police from using military surplus combat gear.

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
1:15 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Missoula Symphony Orchestra And Chorale Broadcast: Sunday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, March 15, 2015, for our third broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale's  60th season. Darko Butorac is the orchestra's music director and conductor; Dean Peterson directs the chorale.

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Montana Newscasts
11:15 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Morning Newscast 03-11-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state House has officially killed the governor's proposal to expand Medicaid to about 70,000 low-income Montanans.

An income tax cut bill advanced to the full House at the state legislature today.

Montana's Legislature is again considering whether county officials should have a say in the relocation of wild bison.

The state House has endorsed a bill that would ban texting while driving.

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Fiction
6:08 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Tribal Culture, Archeology, And Horses

Malcolm Brooks talks about researching and writing his debut novel, Painted Horses.

About the book:

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

David & Richard Moore: The Unknown

Richard O. Moore (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Philip Greene

Co-host David Moore remembers "driving the river road toward Duncan's Mills in the hills of the Coast Range of the Bay Area of California. My older brother would shriek and call it the "weee!" road for all its curves and plummets rising and falling. I remember standing on the back bench seat as a very small child while the grownups drove and smoked and talked in the front. (This was the Fifties.) The curl of cigarette smoke still looks and smells like comfort to me.

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Montana Newscasts
7:20 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Evening Newscast 03-10-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:

Montana’s House has officially killed Governor Bullock’s Medicaid expansion proposal.

Missoula’s housing authority is getting $600,000 to help build new apartments for the homeless. Those with mental illness will get priority.

An income tax cut bill advanced to the full House at the state legislature today.

State senators are contemplating repealing Montana's oil and gas tax holiday under a recurring Democratic proposal.

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2015 Legislature
6:53 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Bill Requiring Anesthesia For Fetuses On Wednesday's Legislative Agenda

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Wednesday at the Montana Legislature brings a bill that would require anesthesia for fetuses before operations in the womb. House Bill 479 would also mandate testing on a fetus’ age and and if that fetus is at least 20 weeks old, anesthesia would be required.

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