Commentary
5:12 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Speaking Up

This is my last commentary for Montana Public Radio. I know they need this time for news, but I’ll miss being one of the public voices on Montana Public Radio.

So what’s on my mind as I sing my radio swan song? The election is over, thank heavens. I’m moving on to focus on the upcoming legislative sessions, both in Helena and in DC.

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What's Changed In The MTPR Schedule
3:21 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

When Is It?

If you can tell the day and time by what you are hearing on MTPR, you might need to keep your watch handy for a few weeks.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:49 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Newscast 11-13-2014

The Democratic party has chosen Jon Tester to lead their campaign efforts for the 2016 election. We’ll also hear from Democrats in the state legislature who are calling for climate change policies, and from folks helping out with the transfer of a herd of former Yellowstone Bison from Ted Turner’s ranch to the Fort Peck Reservation. News about getting Native Americans to buy health insurance, too.

 

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Indian Health Service
6:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Native Americans May Benefit From Obamacare

Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital.
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Starting on Saturday, Montanans can begin buying health insurance for next year on the healthcare.gov website. One group in the state that’s been slow to do so are Native Americans.

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Justice Mike Wheat
6:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Justice Wheat: Attack Ads Won't Impact Court Decisions

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat
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Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat says the partisan attack launched against him as he ran for re-election won’t impact his work on the state’s highest court.

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Montana KIDS COUNT
6:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Half Of Montana Kids Live In Low Income Families

Credit Courtesy The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nearly half of all Montana kids are growing up in low income homes.

That’s according to the latest Montana KIDS COUNT policy report, put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report concludes it's going to take a coordinated approach to help lift kids out of those circumstances.

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CO2 Emissions
6:28 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Montana Dems: Meet CO2 Limits With Conservation, Renewables

The coal power generators at Colstrip are the single biggest source of CO2 emissions in Montana.
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As the State of Montana grapples to find ways of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions under proposed new federal rules, a collection of business people, scientists, and Democratic lawmakers is pushing the incoming legislature to put more renewable energy to work as part of the solution.  The group is nudging the Republican-controlled legislature to take small steps.

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Bison Relocation
6:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Transferred To Fort Peck Reservation

Wild bison transferred from Yellowstone National Park arrived at the Fort Peck Reservation Thursday, Nov 13.
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A herd of wild bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park arrived at Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation today.

The bison were initially captured migrating out of the park, and were kept on media mogul Ted Turner’s ranch for the last five years.

Tommy Christian is a 15-year member of the Assiniboine & Sioux tribal council. He says many tribes, including those he represents on Fort Peck, have a strong relationship with the animals, and have only recently been able to express it since hunters nearly massacred the entire species.

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Montana Politics
3:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Tester Named Chair Of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Credit Jon Tester

Montana Senator Jon Tester was named chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today.

On his Twitter feed Tester said, “I’m accepting this position with the DSCC to recruit and support candidates who understand the issues facing regular, working Americans.”

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