Taxes
6:13 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Bill Proposes Review Of State Tax Breaks

Lawmakers are considering a bill (HB154) that would have an interim legislative committee review 25 individual income tax breaks. That panel would then recommend to future legislatures whether to continue those tax breaks.

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Conservation Funding
5:47 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Gallatin Valley Wins $3.7 Million In Federal Conservation Funds

The Gallatin Valley has won $3.7 million in federal funding for conservation projects.

The 2014 Farm Bill set aside $370 million nationwide to pay for agricultural and other conservation easements, and conservation projects like stream bank restoration through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust was one of hundreds of applicants for the money, and the only project in Montana selected this year.

Eric Sufferage with the NRCS says the agency has offered similar funding since 1996.

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Human Trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

SKC To Host Workshop Addressing Human Trafficking

A workshop Thursday at Salish Kootenai College in the Mission Valley features two advocates who work with both the victims of human trafficking, and those who perpetrate the crime.

MTPR's Edward O'Brien talks with Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker, a member of the FBI's Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force, and Kat Werner, who manages YWCA Missoula's domestic and sexual violence program.

Baker says trafficking is so pervasive because "there's a lot of money to be made."

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Hidden Cameras
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Lawmakers Debate Increased Penalties For Surreptitious Images Of 'Intimate Parts'

Today was the first hearing of Senator Jennifer Fielder’s bill (SB50) to increase penalties for those who take video or pictures of people’s “intimate parts” without their knowledge.

This proposal comes after a Jensen Jewelers employee was convicted of hiding a camera in the women’s bathroom. Lewis and Clark Deputy County Attorney Luke Berger says the man was later found with 96 similar pieces of footage.

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Lindsey Moon joined Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison as the Lee Ester News Fellow in August 2012. She comes to WPR from Iowa Public Radio where she was a reporter/producer working on both investigative reporting projects and the network's two locally produced daily talk programs. She is a contributor to the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism and is interested in health issues, sustainability, as well as arts and culture.

Lindsey has won awards from both the Northwest Broadcast News Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated for investigative and general reporting. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Iowa with degrees in journalism and anthropology.

Montana Newscasts
11:36 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Morning Newscast 01-14-15

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a Missoula County Attorney has determined that a deputy was justified when he shot at a man who was driving his car towards the officer.

Montana education officials say the statewide "Graduation Matters" initiative has inspired more teenagers to finish high school while Amtrak's Empire Builder is back on schedule.

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Catherine Melin Moser & Laura Hellenbrand: Montana Thoroughbreds

Spokane, winner of 1889's equivalent to today's Triple Crown of throughbred horse racing.
Credit Montana Historical Society

Thoroughbred horses are Catherine Melin Moser's passion, but moving to Montana, she discovered something she hadn't know: winners of several of America's preeminent horse races in the 1880s and 1890s were raised on Montana bunch grass. Racers Spokane, Ben Holladay, Tammany, and Scottish Chieftain were raised by Montanans Noah Armstrong, Samuel Larabie, and Marcus Daly, and were winners of the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes, and other races.

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Montana Newscasts
6:51 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Evening Newscast 01-13-15

Community Medical Center Missoula
6:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Community Hospital Sale Faces More Scrutiny Before Final Approval

Community Medical Center, Missoula, MT.
Credit Josh Burnham

A Missoula Community Medical Center board member says the only issue left to resolve in the sale of the hospital is whether $10 million from the sale can go to the University of Montana Foundation. But Attorney General Tim Fox appears to be taking a broader view.

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High School Graduation
5:49 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Montana's Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau got right to the point when she opened a news conference Tuesday in the Governor’s office.

“I am proud to announce that Montana’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high of 85. 4 percent.”

That compares with a graduation rate of just over 80 percent in 2010.To put those numbers in perspective, only nine states have graduation rates higher than 85 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Education report from 2012.

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