Montana Evening Newscast
5:46 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Newscast 12-09-14

Garage Shooting

A teen who was with German exchange student Diren Dede the night he was fatally shot in Missoula testified today that the student thought burglarizing garages was a game.

Libby Health Risk Report

Libby Mayor Doug Roll hopes E.P.A's new health risk study could lead to an economic shot in the arm for the community.

Bullock Elected Governors Association Chairman

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Flathead Water Compact
5:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Supporters Push For Approval Of Flathead Water Compact

Scott Reichner (R) - House District 9

A new group of farmers, ranchers, and tribal members want to convince Montana lawmakers to pass a water compact, like the one they rejected two years ago.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are the only Montana Native Americans who lack a compact with the state governing water rights. In 2013, the legislature rejected it, after objections from property rights groups. The group supporting the new compact includes Scott Reichner of Bigfork, an outgoing state lawmaker who voted against the last version.

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Youth Incarceration
4:38 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Youth Incarceration Costly, Ineffective Says Justice Policy Institute

Credit Justice Policy Institute

A new analysis of youth incarceration says it costs Montana, on average, $175,000 annually to incarcerate a single non-violent youth offender.

The non-profit Justice Policy Institute says some violent young people simply must be incarcerated. However, executive director Marc Schindler says jailing non-violent youth is not only a waste of taxpayer money, it's a largely ineffective response to delinquency.

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Libby Health Risk Study
4:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Will EPA Study Clean Up Libby's Reputation?

"Popped" Vermiculite from Libby, Montana.
Credit Courtesy EPA

Libby Mayor Doug Roll hopes the Environmental Protection Agency's new health risk study could lead to an economic shot in the arm for the community.

Hundreds of local residents died and even more were sickened by asbestos contamination from a now-closed vermiculite mine and processing plant.

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Student Response
1:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

"Josh Slotnick: The Farmer Who Rapped"

For the last several years, Robert Stubblefield has invited me to talk about The Write Question with students in one of the classes he teaches at the University of Montana. We talk about specific The Write Question programs students have listened to. Then I answer questions about the process of reading, interviewing, and creating programs for radio and the Web.

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Empire Builder
5:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Amtrack Delays Hurt Whitefish Businesses

Credit Loco Steve, flickr

Businesses in Whitefish are taking a hit because of problems with Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which runs between Chicago and the West Coast. 

Monday afternoon the westbound Empire Builder was running over 90 minutes late into Whitefish. That’s actually an improvement over delays of more than eleven hours earlier this year.

Amtrak says it’s working to fix the problem. Marc Magliari is the Amtrak spokesman in Chicago. He admits ridership is down over past years.

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Health Risk Assessment
4:11 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

EPA Says Libby Asbestos Cleanup Is Paying Off

Credit Courtesy Photo

The Environmental Protection Agency released a long awaited health risk study Monday that will help guide cleanup of more of the asbestos dust found in the Libby area.

Hundreds of Libby residents died, and even more were sickened by asbestos contamination from a now-closed W.R. Grace vermiculite mine and processing plant.

EPA says years of asbestos cleanup efforts are paying off in the northwest Montana town.

Dr. Deborah McKean is EPA toxicologist.

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MTPR Program Highlights
4:09 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

December 8 - December 14

Here are MTPR program highlights for December 8- December 14, 2014

Monday December 8, 2014

5:00-9:00 a.m.    Morning Edition from NPR, Montana Morning News, and Marketplace Morning Report

9:00 a.m.    A Writers Almanac - Historical literary calendar, commentary and poetry with host Garrison Keillor

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Monday Poems
9:44 am
Mon December 8, 2014

"Itinerary"

Monologues of white interiors
time-dried of water and wind

crowds gather in history's emptiness
weightless in the hollows of memory

description without witness
so long ago lost.

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Milk
5:00 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Got Milk? Don't Need It

It's hard to miss the "Got Milk?" ad campaign encouraging us to drink more milk, but this week, "The Food Guys" make a case for moderation in milk consumption.

Considering the high rate of lactose intolerance, milk allergies, and alternative sources for calcium and vitamin D, Greg and John recommend going easy on cow's milk. 

They discuss a July 2012 New York Times opinion piece, "Got Milk? Don't Need It," by Mark Bittman.

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