2015 Legislature
5:51 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Online Privacy Bills On Thursday's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

Thursday at the Montana Capitol, legislators will hear bills to increase Montanans' privacy on their iPads, smartphones, and even online.

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MTPR Program Highlights
5:47 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

February 19 - February 25

Here are MTPR program highlights for February 19 – February 25, 2015

THURSDAY February 19, 2015

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

9:05 a.m.    Morning Classics – Antonin Dvorak: Terzeto in C major, Op. 74; Josef Rheinberger: Abendlied; David Popper: Polonaise de Concert, Op. 14; Bedrich Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country) Symphonic Cycle
 
11:00 a.m.    Freeforms with Zed

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2015 Legislature
5:39 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Bill Making 3rd DUI A Felony Dies In Committee

Sen. Roger Webb (R) SD23
Credit Montana Legislature

Wednesday, Montana legislators killed a bill that would have made a 3rd DUI offense a felony. Under current state law, the 3rd offense has a maximum sentence of one year in jail and $5,000 fine. Under the bill, this would increase to a maximum of 5 years and $10,000 fine.

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2015 Legislature
4:48 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Legislature Debates Another Bill Criminalizing Physician Assisted Suicide

Rep. Jerry Bennett (R) HD1
Credit Montana Legislature

One day after the Montana House voted down a bill that would criminalize doctor-assisted suicide, another bill was introduced with the same goal.

Libby Republican representative Jerry Bennett wants to change the current law against assisting a suicide, to allow doctors to be prosecuted.

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2015 Legislature
4:32 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Votes To Remove Restrictions On Concealed Carry

The Montana House Wednesday approved a bill to let anyone carry a concealed weapon if they’re legally eligible to own a handgun. Gun owners would no longer need to get a concealed-carry permit.

Republican representative Bill Harris of Winnett said mass shootings, like the one in a Colorado theater in 2012, might not happen if more people carried concealed weapons.

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Montana Newscasts
11:11 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Morning Newscast 02-18-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the governor's bill to expand Medicaid to 70,000 low-income Montanans finally has a date with a legislative committee. The Montana House narrowly defeated a bill that said doctors could face criminal charges for prescribing life-ending medications.

Yellowstone National Park is hosting a tour today of a wild bison holding facility that's used to temporarily keep animals destined for slaughter while republicans are pushing two bills that would significantly limit Montanans' access to food assistance and child health programs.

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Memoir
6:07 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Resilience: Two Sisters And A Story Of Mental Illness

Jessie Close talks about and reads from her memoir, Resilience: Two Sisters And A Story Of Mental Illness.

About the book:

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Mountain West Voices
9:47 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Basic, Bare Natural Things: The Life Of A Montana Woman Rancher

Judy Tureck, Coffee Creek, MT
Credit Clay Scott

Central Montana rancher and farmer Judy Tureck talks about her connection to the land that surrounds her, and about the tribulations and rewards of rural life.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 2/9/15. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Montana Newscasts
7:11 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Morning Newscast 02-17-15

Credit Josh Burnham

    

Gov. Steve Bullock and others spoke to hundreds at a rally in Helena opposing the transfer of federal lands to the state.

Members of Gov. Steve Bullock's cabinet are pushing for a bill that would increase state employee pay and insurance contributions.

Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to "blast" three tabled bills to the Senate floor, including one that would ban discrimination against gays.

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Montana Newscasts
6:52 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Evening Newscast 02-17-15

Credit Josh Burnham

Two Yellowstone County sheriff's deputies involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect near Huntley have resigned.

Authorities arrested a man in connection with a shooting on Sunday after crashing his vehicle and running into the woods.

A 28-year-old Kalispell man was arrested on suspicion of making online threats of violence to schools.
Republicans are pushing two bills that would limit Montanans' access to food assistance and child health programs.

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