Curtis - Daines Debate
4:22 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Listen To The Oct. 20 U.S. Senate Debate

U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and Amanda Curtis met in Billings for their first televised debate on Oct. 20, 2014.

U.S. Senate candidates Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines met to debate in Billings on Monday, Oct. 20. 

Video of the Senate debate is available on the MontanaPBS website.

The debate is followed by analysis and fact checking with former Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown, MontanaPBS analyst Gary Stein and MSU Political Science Professor David Parker.

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Supreme Court Elections
10:10 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Wheat, VanDyke Clash Over Partisanship In Supreme Court Race

Lawrence VanDyke is arguing Justice Mike Wheat is too much a partisan in his campaign to oust him.
Credit Jessi Mazur

The Montana Supreme Court could have decided one of this year’s election campaigns long before November – a race for a seat on that very court.

In April, a district judge struck Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke’s name from the ballot after ruling he had not been admitted to the bar at least five years prior to the November election.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Jean's Spiced Lamb Meatball And Bok Choy Soup

Bakso (an Indonesian soup made with meatballs, greens, and noodles) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Nssdfdsfds

Greg and Jon share the recipe for "Jean's Spiced Lamb Meatball And Bok Choy Soup:"

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 10/19/14. Listen at 11:20 a.m. Sundays or via podcast.)

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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Atropine: Antidote To Disaster, Useful Drug...And Poison

Deadly nighshade (Atropa belladonna) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Joozwa

The alkaloid atropine occurs naturally in plants like deadly nightshade, datura, and henbane. It can keep your heart rate steady after a heart attack, dilate your eyes - think belladonna - or dry up secretions during surgery. Soldiers carry atropine injectors because it's an antidote to nerve gas. But in high doses, it's hallucinogenic and poisonous. Remember the three fates of Greek mythology? One of them, Atropos, determined the mechanism of death for mortals. Atropine is named for her.

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In Other Words
8:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Shawna Lee: Girls Playing Rock & Roll

Ann Szalda-Petree talks with Shawna Lee, a venue manager who books stage shows in Missoula. Shawna is the go-to woman who locates the sound company, the plexiglass, the M & Ms for traveling and local bands, most of them male. Shawna believes a combination of patience and local connections helped break into this field: "It's a matter of establishing trust."

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Montana Evening Edition
6:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Newscast 10-17-2014

A poll out today shows Republicans leading Democrats in the races to represent Montana in the U.S. House and Senate. Also, our Campaign Beat analysts will talk about what the poll numbers mean, and about the big fundraising lead Ryan Zinke now has over John Lewis.

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Yellowstone Bison
5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Won't Be Transferred Out Of State

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has decided that 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.
Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

It turns out 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.

Several out-of-state entities wanted those animals.

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Providence Saint Patrick Hospital
5:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Governor Confident Providence Saint Patrick Hospital Can Handle Ebola Patients

A scanning electron micrograph image of Ebola virons.
Credit Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa. PLoS Biol 3/11/2005: e403 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403 (CC-BY-2.5)

Governor Steve Bullock says he's confident that should Missoula's Providence Saint Patrick hospital be asked to treat an Ebola patient, it would provide top notch care.

St.Pat's is one of four hospitals in the country specifically prepared to care for someone with such a highly infectious disease.

As we reported yesterday, some people who work there aren’t sure the hospital is adequately prepared to accept an Ebola case.

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Campaign Beat
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Funds, Guns And Election Day Registration

Screen capture from a Montanans for Free and Fair Elections ad about LR-126, election day registration.

"Campaign Beat" looks at recent campaign finance reports, dueling gun ads in the U.S. House race, the first TV ad from the Curtis campaign, and LR-126, the initiative seeking to repeal election day voter registration.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season. Sally Mauk, former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol Reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.
 

LR-126 ad from Montanans for Free and Fair Elections:

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MSU-Billings Poll
4:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New Poll: Republicans Lead Montana House, Senate Races

House candidate Ryan Zinke stops by the MTPR studio on October 17th, 2014.
Credit Eric Whitney

The latest statewide poll shows Republicans are leading in Montana’s races for the US House and Senate, but a large number of respondents remain undecided.

In the race for the open US House seat, Republican Ryan Zinke is leading Democrat John Lewis by a 40 percent to 33 percent margin.

Yellowstone Public Radio spoke to Montana State University Billings Political Science Professor Craig Wilson.

"I think the House race is probably, in relative terms, a bit closer than a lot of people thought," said Wilson.

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