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State Budget
8:54 am
Fri March 14, 2014

MT's budget on track

Analysts expect Montana’s budget surplus to be slightly higher than previous predictions.

The estimate comes from the Legislative Fiscal Division. It now predicts the state will have nearly $353 million left in the bank at the end of this budget cycle. That’s almost $6 million higher than estimates in December.

Conrad Republican Senator Llew Jones chairs the Legislative Finance committee, which looks at the budget between Legislative sessions. He said, overall, the budget is staying right about where it should.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Carnitine

ball-and-stick model of the Carnitine molecule
Credit Marina Vladivostok

3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Hoodia

3/15/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Hoodia, native to the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa, works as an appetite suppressant by telling the brain that the stomach is full without affecting the rest of the body's functioning. After a long legal battle, the San bushmen of the Kalahari won a settlement for traditional claims to the knowledge of the plant. 

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Tracking Long-Distance Migrants
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bird Migration

Bar-tailed godwith (Limosa lapponica) in breeding plumage.
Credit Andreas Trepte

3/16/14  &  3/17/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Migration, Part 2," by Andrea and Don Stierle.

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Children in Crisis
4:06 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bridging gaps, and overlaps in child welfare in the Flathead

There are a number of groups in the Flathead working to help children in crisis. The problem is that they don’t all know each other, and gaps and overlap in services can form among these agencies.

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Timber Industry
9:27 am
Thu March 13, 2014

From real estate to biofuels – the timber industry is changing

Potlatch Corporation CEO Mike Covey

Mike Covey went to work for the Plum Creek timber company right after getting his forestry degree from the University of Montana in 1980, and stayed with Plum Creek for 23 years. Covey is now chairman and CEO of the Spokane-based Potlatch Corporation, another big timber holder in the Pacific Northwest.

Covey was in Missoula this week to lecture at his alma mater and he also took time to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk, to talk about the sweeping changes in the timber industry in the last few decades.

 

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Mountain West Voices
7:30 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Wilmot Collins

3/12/14: This week on "Mountain West Voices:" the story of Wilmot and Maddie Collins, who came to Helena, Montana as refugees, fleeing Liberia's civil war.

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Affordable Care Act
5:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

MT's Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to climb

The number of Montanans applying for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to climb. Residents signed up for about 4,000 plans on the state’s online Obamacare marketplace in the month of February. That makes nearly 23,000 plans since the marketplace opened last fall.

The rate of signups sits above the national average, according to Mike Dennison with Lee Newspapers.

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Wednesday Special
1:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Living on Earth Extra

03/12/2014 - The Crimean Conflict and Energy, Reducing Sulfur, Saving Lives, and Ice Climbing

http://www.loe.org/

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American Military
1:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Retired colonel says American military needs to be more accountable

Historian and author Andrew Bacevich

A critic of American military intervention is in Missoula to deliver a talk in the President's lecture series at the University of Montana. Andrew Bacevich  is a retired Army colonel, author and historian who teaches international relations and history at Boston University.

In this feature interview, Bacevich talks with News Director Sally Mauk about what he calls the "new American militarism".

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