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Wed November 19, 2014

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Attorney General Will Appeal
7:28 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Gay Marriage Plaintiffs React To Judge's Ruling

These are the four couples who sued to overturn Montana's ban on gay marriage.
Credit Courtesy ACLU of Montana

For certain Montana residents today will be one of those days when they remember where they were when they heard the news. Sue Hawthorne was out shopping with her sister when, as she puts it, her phone started ‘exploding’ with calls and texts from friends. Federal Judge Brian Morris had ruled in a lawsuit in which Hawthorne was a plaintiff. Her marriage to Adel Johnson of Helena, performed in Washington state several months ago, was now legally recognized in Montana:

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Short Form Schedule
5:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

When Do Short Form Shows Air In The New Schedule?

Credit John Schneider (CC-BY-2.0)

The new schedule means some of your favorite short form shows may have a new time slot. Find out when they air.

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Gay Marriage
2:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana Same Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge today struck down Montana’s ban on gay marriage. Attorney General Tim Fox says he’ll appeal.

Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls ruled that Montana’s law violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

The law was challenged by four couples represented by the ACLU of Montana.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Montana, in September ruled similar gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada unconstitutional. But conflicting decisions remain in other federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme court has not issued a final word.

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The Write Question
6:08 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Emily Dickinson And Psyche Influence Novel Set In The American West

Bruce Holbert talks about his new novel, The Hour of Lead. He also explains how the Myth of the West damages human relationships and why the bad guys still get the girls.

About the book:

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
5:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Missoula Symphony Orchestra Broadcast: Sunday, November 23, 8:00 p.m.

Join host Marguerite Munsche Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, for our second broadcast from the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, Darko Butorac, music director and conductor. The program, titled "Red, White and True," was recorded November 9, 2014, in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana-Missoula.


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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Kaya Juda-Nelson & Tony Abeyta

"Yeis in Chanting Procession," by Tony Abeyta. (CC BY-NC-2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Granger Meador

Kaya Juda-Nelson left Missoula for college in Boston, excited to leave. But when events brought her back to Montana, instead of finding herself lonely or bored, she found that silence and spacious views provided "company as well as solace." In Tony Abeyta's essay, "Tsankawi's Trail," the Navajo painter describes an ancient Pueblo village in New Mexico "where spirits of past and present parallel infinitely:"

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Montana Infrastructure
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Gov. Proposes $300 Million For Montana's Aging Infrastructure

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Much of Montana's roads, bridges and waterways are reaching the end of their useful life. In a new state-specific report card released today, Montana Civil Engineers give that aging infrastructure a mediocre overall grade of C-minus and say it needs attention.

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Endangered Species Act
1:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Environmentalists Sue Over Lynx Habitat

Canada lynx.
Credit Keith Williams (CC-BY-2.0)

WildEarth Guardians and three other groups filed a suit over critical lynx habitat Monday. Plaintiffs say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service excluded too much area in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado when they designated protected habitat for the Canada lynx.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Newscast 11-17-2014

The budget Governor Steve Bullock released today calls for the state to expand Medicaid. He says doing so would keep Montana’s tax money at home.

A lawsuit filed in Missoula today challenges protection of the Canada lynx in the lower 48 states. Attorney Matthew Bishop says the US Fish and Wildlife Service should have done more science before concluding Lynx have enough habitat to survive.

Court records show that a man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his Missoula garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula.

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