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2015 Legislature
6:47 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

State Income Tax Cut Advances To Full House

Sen. Duane Ankney (R) SD20
Credit Montana Legislature

Today at the Montana Legislature, the House tax committee sent a tax-cut bill to the full House.

Duane Ankney of Colstrip is carrying Senate Bill 200, which would essentially cut one tenth of a percent off state income taxes, with lower-income Montanans getting a slightly bigger break.

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Montana News
6:33 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

ATF Reverses Course On Ammo Ban

M855 and M856 cartridges in an ammunition belt.

Gun rights advocates are declaring victory over what they call the latest federal attempt at gun control.

A federal proposal to ban the general public's access to a specific kind of rifle ammunition is now, at least temporarily, off the table.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, or ATF, is backing-down from a plan that would have banned ammunition the agency says is particularly dangerous to police.

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2015 Legislature
5:34 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Insure Montana Program Seeks State Funds To Continue Operation

Credit William Marcus

A made-in Montana health insurance program aimed at helping small businesses cover their employees is seeking money from the general fund to continue operation.

Some members of the Senate Finance Committee question the expenditure since these workers could also get insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Insure Montana was created before the ACA became law. The intent was to help small businesses in Montana, initially those with nine or fewer employees, provide health insurance for their workers.

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2015 Legislature
5:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Ban On Texting While Driving Gets Preliminary Approval In State House

Montana is one of the last states where it’s legal to send a text message while driving, but that could change if the legislature approves a bill debated Tuesday in the state House.  

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2015 Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

House Blocks Attempts To Revive Bullock's Medicaid Expansion Bill

Montana House of Representatives
Credit Michael Wright - Community News Service

The Republican-controlled House officially killed the governor's Medicaid expansion proposal. That's because House Democrats failed to convince the Republican controlled chamber to reject the "do not pass" recommendation from the House Human Services Committee on the bill. That action came Friday night immediately after a nearly six-and-a-half hour-long hearing.

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Reflections West
1:50 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Ellen Baumler & Will James: Tales Plowed Under

Charlie Russell, working in his studio in Great Falls, MT
Credit Amon Carter Museum

Historian Ellen Baumler tells how Western artist Charlie Russell got his beloved horse, Monte, the bay pinto known originally as Paint:

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MTPR Program Highlights
1:16 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

March 12 - March 18

Here are MTPR program highlights for March 12 – March 18, 2015

THURSDAY March 12, 2015

5:00-9:00 a.m.    Morning Edition from NPR, Montana Morning News, and Marketplace Morning Report

9:00 a.m.    A Writers Almanac - Historical literary calendar, commentary and poetry with host Garrison Keillor

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Radiolab
1:15 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Diagnosis

03/13/2015 - Humans love to solve problems. In this hour of Radiolab, diagnosis--our attempt to find out what's wrong, and give it a label.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91662-diagnosis/

Alternative Radio
1:09 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Reese Erlich - Cuba & the U.S.: A New Beginning

03/15/2015 - The rigid and dogmatic decades-old policy of Washington toward Havana left the U.S. in virtual total isolation internationally. The lopsided UN General Assembly votes condemning the policy made Washington a global laughing stock. Thus, Obama’s December 2014 announcement on re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries came as a relief. The diplomatic move, he said marked “a new chapter” between the U.S. and Cuba. The old chapters were pretty sordid. There was Henry Kissinger who wanted to “smash” and “clobber” Cuba and its “pipsqueak” leader.

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Alternative Radio
1:09 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Loretta Napoleoni - The ISIS Crisis

03/08/2015 - ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is the latest chapter of the so-called war on terror. One should point out that you can’t have a war on a tactic. ISIS has displaced al-Qaeda. It is violently addressing unresolved issues relating to European imperialism and the creation of artificial borders and states. After WWII, the U.S. supplanted Britain, France and Italy in the region and became its self-appointed guardian. Washington’s footprint in the Middle East is enormous. It has created a network of allies consisting of emirs, sheikhs and generals.

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