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Mountain West Voices
7:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Bad Blood, Good Blood: Murder and Reconciliation

4/16/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" In 1937, Cassandra Norman's great-grandfather murdered the parents of 5-year-old Larry Kuntz, pistol-whipped the boy and left him for dead. Norman, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, recnetly tracked down Kuntz, now in his 80's, and the two have found a way to reconcile the tragedy that connects their families.

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Education
6:49 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

How the Kalispell School District hopes to make its case for a Technology levy

Flathead High School Library Media Specialist Murry Graham has been using funds from his media budget to buy computers, Kalispell's high school have been operating without a technology budget since 2010.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Kalispell School District is trying a little different approach as it asks voters to approve a $1.2-million Technology Levy.

It’s asking voters for a 10-year Technology Levy for both the high school and elementary school districts. Each request is $600,000 per year, over the ten year period.

A 2010 building reserve and technology levy failed to pass for the high school district, it passed for the elementary schools.

Kalispell tried again, and failed in 20-12.

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Violence policy
1:37 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Justice officials meet to address impacts of violence on Native children

Credit U.S. Department of Justice

A federal Department of Justice advisory committee studying issues related to children's' exposure to violence in Native American or Alaska Native communities is meeting this week in Florida.
       Montana U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter is there to share details about a pilot project taking place among the Chippewa Cree Tribe on Eastern Montana's Rocky Boy Reservation.

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Reflections West
7:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Robert Lee & Ashley

4/15/14 & 4/16/14: This week on "Reflections West:"

Robert Lee reflects on his experiences teaching poetry in a fishing town in Alaska. He pairs his thoughts with a poem by an elementary student from Hydaburg.

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Child abuse prevention month
2:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Child abuse presents profound immediate and long-term problems

Teresa Nygaard(L) and Katie Peterson

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month - an unfortunate reminder that child abuse - in all its forms - continues to be a persistent problem.

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MTPR Program Highlights
1:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

April 17-23

Here are MTPR program highlights for April 17, 2014 – April 23, 2014

THURSDAY- April 17, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Morning Classics – Pierre Sancan: Sonatine for flute and piano; Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Pieces, Op. 11, for piano; Reinhold Glière: Symphony #3 – Il’ya Muromets

1:00 p.m   A special - Adapting to Climate Change

2:06 p.m.    Jazz Sessions - A variety of jazz tunes and styles with Terry Conrad

4:00 p.m.    The Pea Green Boat with Annie Garde – a show for children of all ages

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Hospital Changes
3:02 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Missoula's St. Patrick hospital to add obstetrics and newborn care

Missoula's St. Patrick hospital

More big changes are in store for hospital medical care in Missoula. Providence St. Patrick hospital announced today it is adding comprehensive women's and children's services, including obstetrical and newborn care, and a Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit. The new services will duplicate services at Missoula's other hospital - Community Medical Center - and the announcement comes in the wake of Community's recent decision to become a for-profit hospital under the new ownership of the Billings Clinic and Regional Care Network.

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Pet Wars 2014
2:24 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Official Tally: Montana Public Radio Menagerie

The dogs won the title this year with 1,745. Cats came in at 1,480. Here is the whole list of pets. Thanks to the accounting firm of Wallaby, Wallaby and Roo for the official tally.

Total dollars raised so far...

Dogs - 1,745

Cats -1,489

Birds:
Peacocks - 12

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Alternative Radio
1:07 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth

04/14/2014 - A steady stream of reports on the deterioration of the environment is issued. There is a brief flurry of media coverage. The corporate-funded climate change deniers make counter claims. We wake briefly to the crisis then most of us lapse into a couch potato stupor. Neoliberal dogma and an almost mystical belief in capitalism makes almost certain that little will be done to avert coming calamities. Charades called climate summits offer nothing more than photo ops of smiling world leaders and vacuous press releases. We blithely turn our heads away from reality.

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Aging in Place
9:45 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Our aging population wants to grow old at home – but how?

Aging expert Louis Tenenbaum

Thirteen percent of the American population is over 65 years  old, and the average life expectancy by 2020 is projected to be 80. Add to those facts a decreasing number of people available to care for the elderly, and you have what many gerontologists believe is a looming crisis.
    Most of those elderly do not want to go to an assisted living facility or a nursing home; they want to grow old and die at home. But few are planning how best to do that.

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