Montana Politics
4:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Candidate Debates: Here's What We Know

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate?

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate? Here's what we know.

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Montana News
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Campaign Building, Debates And The Industrial Workers of the World

Amanda Curtis on the UM campus.
Credit Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis was in Missoula yesterday presenting a six-point-plan that she says would help Montanans struggling with student debt.

After her prepared remarks, Curtis spoke with Edward O'Brien about a few topics including conservative criticism of her family's association with an organization some say has radical leanings.
First though, Curtis offers her assessment of the campaign-building effort:

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Crown Guitar Festival & Workshop
2:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Listen To Lee Ritenour's Crown Guitar Festival Concert On MTPR

Lee Ritenour and Friends under the big white tent at the Crown Guitiar Festival and Workshop
Christopher Allen

Lee Ritenour and Friends played at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork on Wednesday. Two opening acts, 16 year-old Josh Achrion, and the John Beasley Circle, warmed up the nearly sold-out crowd under the big white tent. Guitarists John Oates and Mike Stern joined Ritenour on stage during the encore.

We'll be replaying the Lee Ritenour and Friends show tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tune in on the air or online, and be sure to check out our photos from the show.

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Bill Raoul Obit
11:15 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Memorial Service Details For Bill Raoul

Bill with his two best buddies, Oscar and Edmund.
Credit Marilyn Bruya

Earlier this week we told you about the passing - the death (he HATED euphemisms) - of University of Montana Professor of Drama Emeritus, Bill Raoul.*

Thanks to our friends at the UM School of Theatre & Dance we can now pass along details of his memorial service:

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Missing person
7:56 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Missing University of Montana Student Killed In A Car Accident

Lucius Robbi
Credit Tanya Chapple

The Associated Press reports a California man who went missing while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash northeast of Boise.

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Michel Martin is curious about many things. "I wonder what it's like to leave everything and everyone you know for the promise of a better life, to run for President, to be a professional athlete, to parent children of a different race," she notes. "I am fascinated by people who live lives different from my own. And at the same time, I feel connected to all of these lives being a journalist, a woman of color, a wife and mother."

Michel can be heard across NPR news programs, bringing her deep reporting and interviewing experience to bear on NPR's coverage of relevant topics, including education, families, faith, race and social issues. Outside the studio, she is hosting NPR Presents Michel Martin, an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.

Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Reflections On Wilderness

Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Fredlyfish4

"Reflections on Wilderness," by Allison Linville.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Newcast 08-28-2014

More charges filed in the case of a Great Falls man who stands accused of killing a local sheriff's deputy. Senate candidate Amada Curtis visits Missoula to present her plan to address mounting student debt. We'll have more on a plan to build the largest distillery west of the Mississippi - in Butte, America.

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Student Loan Plan
3:19 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Amanda Curtis Presents Student Loan Plan

Amanda Curtis
Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S Senate candidate Amanda Curtis presented a six-point plan today that she says would help Montanans who are struggling with student debt.

The high school math teacher from Butte visited the University of Montana's mountain campus in Missoula to outline the plan she says would serve as an investment in students.

Curtis told the crowd of about 30 people that rising student loan debt has become an economic crisis that's deterring young people from furthering their education and saddling graduates with insurmountable debt.

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Commentary - August 28th, 2014
1:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Political Debates Strengthen Our Democracy

In the United States and in Montana, the proper functioning of our democratic form of government requires an active and informed participation by the electorate.

Broad “participation” is essential to the American democratic election formula.  That is why GOP efforts at suppressing the vote across the nation, the subject of my commentary last month, is not just reprehensible, but also detrimental to the proper functioning of our system.

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