Christopher Allen

News Anchor, Reporter

Christopher Allen is a news anchor and reporter for MTPR. He can be heard reading evening news most weeknights.

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LGBT Discrimination
5:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Discrimination Questions Remain Despite Gay Marriage Decision

Credit Flickr user Archie McPhee (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Now that a federal judge has struck down Montana’s ban on gay marriage, questions remain about how that affects businesses who object to same-sex marriage for religious or other reasons.

University of Montana Law Professor Anthony Johnstone says civil rights laws that prevent businesses from discriminating against customers don’t include protections for sexual orientation.

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Gay Marriage Appeal
5:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

9th Circuit To Hear Montana's Appeal Over Gay Marriage

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s appeal of the federal court order striking down the state’s gay marriage ban is due by February 27.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals will hear the case, and has already ruled similar bans are unconstitutional.

University of Montana Law Professor Anthony Johnstone says Wednesdays’ ruling striking down the gay marriage ban here won’t be final until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:20 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Newscast 11-14-2014

The second year of buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow - we've got a couple of stories on that on tonight's Montana Evening Edition. We've also got news from the state capitol, and it turns out a federal judge in Great Falls won't hear arguments challenging Montana's gay marriage ban.

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Fort Peck Bison Relocation
5:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Arrive At Fort Peck Reservation

Yellowstone bison shuffle off of a truck after reaching their final destination at the Fort Peck Reservation.
Credit Courtesy of the Defenders of Wildlife

Nearly 2,000 pounds of wild bison lumbered out of a truck and down a ramp yesterday onto a pasture owned by the the Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation as members of the tribe greeted the animals with a song.

Dozens of excited people were there to see workers herd the animals into a 140 acre holding pen. Fort Peck Fish and Game officials said almost 100 bison were unloaded yesterday, with nearly 50 more expected today.

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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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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.
Credit Public Domain

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 Evening Edition
6:35 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Newscast 11-12-2014

This just in: It’s still really cold. We get a little insight from a meteorologist on that. We’ll also hear what’s new and not-new about buying health insurance in Montana as opening day for healthcare.gov approaches. We also have a story on a new scorecard that ranks Montana cities on their policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:32 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Newscast 11-11-2014

Forecasters say the current cold snap could break records before things warm back up again. A Kalispell man is charged in a Halloween assault on Whitefish's police chief, and veterans in Missoula and from around Montana talk about what today means to them.

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Oral History Project
5:52 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Younger Montana Veterans Share Stories

Credit PRX-Austin Schempp/Karl Schneider

Miles Netzer served with the U.S. Marines from June 2002 through July 2011. He deployed several times to multiple theaters. His parent unit was VMGR-352, a squadron. The unit's planes conducted air-to-air refueling on helicopters and jets, ground refueling of helicopters and vehicles and aerial delivery of supplies, people, illumination and "pretty much anything you can think to throw out the back of an airplane."

Listen to Netzer's story here.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:25 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Newscast 11-10-2014

Two hunters reported missing near Whitehall have been found. The attorney general will hold a hearing next week in Missoula on the sale of Community Medical Center. Sen. Tester talks about election losses, and leading the Democratic Party's Senate campaign in 2016.

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