Morning Newscast 07-17-15

Jul 17, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: authorities say an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking oil. Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick says there are no reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright.

Montana officials are prepared for a worse-than-average fire season, after a light snowpack and an unusually warm June have left much of the state in, or near, a state of drought. The Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee yesterday heard reports from about a dozen experts from different agencies around the state.

The teenager who survived a small plane crash in Washington's Cascade Mountains says she burned herself trying to pull her step-grandparents from the burning wreckage.

Montana FWP is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines for reducing elk populations.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines to establish additional elk hunting seasons, called "shoulder seasons". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Quentin Kujala says they’d be used as a tool to reduce elk populations.

Lake Como on a fall day.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (CC-BY-2)

The Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor has signed-off on a project to thin over 2,200 acres on the Darby Ranger District between Lake Como and Lost Horse Canyon.

07/19/2015 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been shrink-wrapped and formatted to be innocuous and non-threatening. Dream speeches, desegregation, voting rights, and Selma marches could be accommodated. But when he articulated a critique of the system as a whole then he became a danger to the establishment. That Dr. King has been largely obscured. At Riverside Church in New York he said the Vietnam War was “a symptom of a far deeper malady.” And then he added, “We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.

07/12/2015 - There was much fanfare as the leaders of the U.S. and China, the world’s largest carbon polluters signed what was trumpeted as an “historic” deal cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But the Center for Science & Environment in India denounced the agreement as “self-serving” and “business as usual.” Much more urgent action is required to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. As the eco-crisis accelerates and the major contributors to climate change make grandiose statements but then take halfhearted measures, it is easy to despair.

07/18/2015 - Libretto by:  Francesco Maria Piave, based on a play by Alexandre Dumas, fils,10,6,3

07/11/2015 - Rome in the year 1800 is a deadly place for dissidents. The painter Cavaradossi risks everything to shelter his comrade; but his lover, the fiery Tosca, keeps playing cat and mouse with the lustful and sadistic Baron Scarpia, the chief of police.  If Cavaradossi is condemned, will Tosca trade her honor to save him?,10,7,3

Porgy and Bess

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07/04/2015 - Lyric Opera Music Director Sir Andrew Davis calls "Porgy and Bess the great American opera." George Gershwin's 1935 opera is bursting with iconic songs.,10,7,3

The Passenger

Jul 16, 2015

06/27/2015 - There's no escaping your past.  Aboard an ocean liner in the early 1960s, a West German diplomat, Walter, ad his wife, Liese, are bound for a new posting in Brazil.  But unbeknownst to her husband, Liese served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. Haunted by her past, she is stunned when she recognizes a fellow passenger; is it really her former prisoner?,10,7,3


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07/17/2015 - Sperm carry half the genes needed for human life.  In this hour, we'll share some basic questions and profound thoughts about reproduction.