Tanning Beds
6:28 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Montana House Approves Tanning Bed Restrictions For Teens

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The Montana House Friday approved a bill to ban teenagers from using commercial tanning beds without their parents’ permission. 

Among those speaking in favor was Bozeman Republican Matthew Monforton, who said he was making an exception to his usual stand against government regulation.

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2015 Legislature
6:14 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Senate Bill 84 Seeks To Revise Claims History For Homeowners Insurance

Mary McNally (D) - SD24
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Last spring a hailstorm pounded Billings leaving thousands of homeowners filing claims for new roofs, siding, windows, and other property damage. Later several filed complaints with the state Insurance Commissioner that their insurance company dropped their coverage.

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill
5:54 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Too Soon To Gauge Oil Spill Impacts On Yellowstone River Fish

Pallid sturgeon.
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It could be weeks, if not months before scientists understand the implications of last week's oil spill on aquatic life in the Yellowstone River. There have been no reported fish kills at this point.

"That's not to say there isn't some, but the real impact is that we're going to need to evaluate is going to be the chronic mortalities, the delayed mortalities, the long-term fish health concerns and also reproduction concerns once the fish are spawning in the spring."

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Affordable Care Act
5:24 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Montana Sees Drop In Uninsured, Slowdown In Healthcare Spending

There are about three percent fewer Montanans without health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to University of Montana Economist Bryce Ward. He says the ACA is responsible for even bigger drops in the number of uninsured in other states.

"If the ACA stays around, we expect to continue to see the share of people without health insurance declining over the next few years."

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Montana Economy
5:09 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Gallatin County Leads The State In Wage Growth

A new report says the hot spot for wage growth in Montana is Gallatin county.

According to Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana, "40% of all state growth was in Gallatin County last year, pretty amazing what’s going on there."

Barkey says the Bozeman area is economically diverse.

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill
4:52 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

EPA: Glendive Water Now Safe To Drink

Glendive residents can resume drinking from their taps after a federal official said there are no further signs of contamination from last Saturday’s crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River six miles upstream. The Environmental Protection Agency says test results no longer show elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene in the municipal water supply.

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Capitol Talk
4:38 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Medicaid Expansion, Welfare Fraud, And Clemency On This Week's 'Capitol Talk'

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison bring you news and analysis about the Montana Legislature every Friday during the session.

Gov. Bullock introduced his Medicaid expansion plan this week. It promises to help the uninsured and bring Montana tax dollars back to the state. Bullock's plan faces opposition from Republicans who worry Medicaid and other welfare programs are riddled with fraud and create disincentives to work.

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Psychiatric Psychedelica
3:41 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Trip Along The Edge Of Sanity With The Psychedelic Circus Tonight At 10:00

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Lose your mind with us as we trip along the edge of sanity! The Psychedelic Circus features Psychiatric Psychedelica tonight at 10:00 p.m. Listen on your radio or online.

3:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bill Affirms Constitutional Protections For Trapping

A snare trap.
Credit Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks

This story was updated on 1/23/15 to correct an error describing the process of amending the state constitution.

State lawmakers are considering a bill to reaffirm that trapping is a form of hunting protected by the state Constitution.

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Montana Newscasts
11:34 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Morning Newscast 01-23-15

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, thousands of people in Glendive can resume drinking from their taps after a crude oil spill in a nearby river and the Nature Conservancy closed on the purchase of more than 117,000 acres of land this week in the Lower Blackfoot watershed.

4 year olds and their parents are expected to rally in Helena in support of Gov. Steve Bullock's plan for public pre-school. A nuclear missile launch officer who pleaded guilty to illegal drug use has been dismissed from the Air Force and was sentenced to one month of confinement in a Montana jail.

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