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Castle Doctrine
5:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Castle Doctrine Under Fire During Kaarma Trial

Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association and Ellie Boldman-Hill, Rep. for Montana HD 94.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A Montana state lawmaker says the Markus Kaarma trial is proof that Montana’s expanded Castle Doctrine needs to be repealed.

"It's a terrible idea that has tragic consequences where we see people shooting first and asking questions later with immunity," said Missoula Democrat Ellie Boldman-Hill.

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Student Response
5:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

"A Letter From The Hugo Residing In My Mind"

Richard Hugo

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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St. Patrick Hospital
4:46 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Missoula Not Included In List Of Ebola Treatment Centers

Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
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A new list of hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers is out, and none of those hospitals are in Montana. The list was released by federal Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday.

In September, Missoula’s St. Patrick Hospital said it has been provided federal funding to build, “a specially equipped bio-containment wing,” and that its staff, “are highly trained in specific and unique protocols necessary to treat” patients with “serious infectious disease agents.”

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MTPR Music
2:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

High Plains Christmas With Philip Aaberg And GFS

Philip Aaberg

HIGH PLAINS CHRISTMAS

Philip Aaberg performs with the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Mansfield Theater.

> More information and tickets

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Montana Budget
8:54 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Lawmakers, Governor Clash Over Spending

Credit Eric Whitney

The Bullock Administration took some heat from Montana lawmakers Monday for what they say was spending over a million dollars without proper authority

In the final two days of the 2013 legislature, lawmakers handed the governor $7.5 million to fund projects in nine departments: Public Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Conservation, Environmental Quality, Administration, Commerce, Revenue, Corrections, Labor and Industry, and the Governor’s Office . A legislative audit shows $1.1 million of that money went to agencies beyond those the legislature intended.

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Documentary Special
8:11 am
Tue December 2, 2014

The First Family of Radio: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's Historic Broadcasts

12/07/2014 - Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were the “first couple” of American radio. From the 1920s through FDR’s fourth term, the president and first lady used this extraordinarily powerful new medium to win elections, combat the Great Depression and rally the nation to fight fascism. Eleanor Roosevelt’s radio work is almost entirely forgotten. But she was a radio star in her own right — with commercial sponsors paying top dollar for her talents as a news commentator.

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Giving for Good
10:17 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Giving Tuesday

MTPR invites you to come together for Giving Tuesday a global movement designed to make an impact for organizations you care about... like MTPR.

Participate December 2, on the global day of giving... 

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Prof. David Parker
6:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Incumbency Matters: Prof. David Parker Talks Montana Politics

Political science professor David Parker, at Montana State University has a new book out. It’s called Battle for the Big Sky. In it, he says, “Much of the existing scholarship suggests that campaigns don’t matter much at all.”

Interviewed at his office recently, Parker acknowledged, “It does seem kind of weird, right? You look at the cost of presidential campaigns, and, wait a minute, political scientists say they don’t matter. They basically take the view of MacBeth, right? It’s all ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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MTPR Program Highlights
4:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

December 1 - December 7

Here are MTPR program highlights for December 1- December 7, 2014

Monday  December 1, 2014

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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Castle Doctrine
3:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Kaarma Trial Brings Scrutiny To 'Castle Doctrine'

Marcus Kaarma, (L) and lead attorney Paul Ryan (R) before a June, 2014 court appearance.
Credit Edward O'Brien

The trial of Missoula's Markus Kaarma will likely renew debate about the "Castle Doctrine".

University of Montana law professor, Andrew King-Ries says the specific term, "Castle Doctrine", isn't mentioned in state statute.

"I think what people refer to when they say 'The Castle Doctrine' is the ability to use force to defend an occupied structure; and by 'occupied structure', most people are thinking about their home," says King-Ries.

Outbuildings are included in that definition.

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