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Montana Farmers Union
3:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Montana Farmers Union Meets In Great Falls

Credit USDA

Hundreds of Montana farmers are in Great Falls discussing issues that affect not only their bottom line, but our food supply.

The 99-year-old Montana Farmers Union is holding its annual meeting and convention that lasts through tomorrow. Farmers face challenges that go far beyond crop yields and market prices.

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Political Mailer
4:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Montana Secretary Of State Calls Out 'Deceitful' Political Mailer

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says this mailer is deceitful because the use of the Great Seal of Montana makes it appear to be a voter guide from the SOS office.

Have you received an official-looking mailer that rates the political leanings of Montana's four nonpartisan Supreme Court candidates?

If so, take a close look at it; the flier features an image of Montana's state seal and compares the candidates' political ideologies to those of President Obama and former Republican Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Problem is, it's a fake. The state of Montana has nothing to do with these mailers.

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Missoula Housing Market
3:33 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Missoula Realtor: Fewer Home Sales No Cause For Worry

Fewer homes sold in the Missoula area during the first three quarters of this year compared to the same time last year, but a local real estate official says he's not too worried.

In fact, Brint Wahlberg says Missoula's housing market continues its steady recovery.

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Mid-Term Election Coverage
5:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Curtis Takes Offensive Against Daines In Senate Debate

U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and Amanda Curtis met for their first and only televised debate in Billings on Oct. 20, 2014.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines didn't respond to Democrat Amanda Curtis's jabs during last night’s U.S. Senate debate in Billings.

Curtis said several times that Daines is too extreme for Montana and represents corporate interests over average Montanans. She says it's time to send a working-class Montanan to represent the state in Washington D.C.

Curtis also said Daines' vote last year to shut down the federal government during a budget stalemate hurt Montanans.

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Yellowstone Bison
5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Won't Be Transferred Out Of State

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has decided that 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.
Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

It turns out 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.

Several out-of-state entities wanted those animals.

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Providence Saint Patrick Hospital
5:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Governor Confident Providence Saint Patrick Hospital Can Handle Ebola Patients

A scanning electron micrograph image of Ebola virons.
Credit Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa. PLoS Biol 3/11/2005: e403 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403 (CC-BY-2.5)

Governor Steve Bullock says he's confident that should Missoula's Providence Saint Patrick hospital be asked to treat an Ebola patient, it would provide top notch care.

St.Pat's is one of four hospitals in the country specifically prepared to care for someone with such a highly infectious disease.

As we reported yesterday, some people who work there aren’t sure the hospital is adequately prepared to accept an Ebola case.

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First Time in 14 Years
6:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

USFS Northern Region Reaches Timber Harvest Goal

The U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region met its timber harvest goal this year for the first time in over 14 years.
Credit Bell & Jeff (CC-BY-2.0)

The U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region met its timber harvest goal last year. That’s the first time that has happened in over 14 years.

Regional Forester Faye Krueger says Region One, which includes Montana, harvested about 280 million board feet of timber.

Krueger says a major factor in the agency reaching its goal is that it's  overhauled its litigation strategy.

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Montana Politics
5:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Gov. Bullock Promotes Early Education In Missoula

Gov. Bullock pushed his early childhood education proposal at a Missoula pre-school on Oct. 15, 2014.
Credit Edward O'Brien

Governor Steve Bullock's early childhood education proposal received an enthusiastic response today at a Missoula pre-kindergarten program, even as critics are wondering about its expense and value to taxpayers.

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St. Patrick Hospital A Designated Facility
5:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Is Missoula At Risk For Ebola?

Credit Missoula City Website

The news that a nurse has contracted the first-ever case of Ebola transmitted in the United States could make it more likely that any future Ebola patients in the United States might come to Missoula. That nurse in Dallas became infected while caring for a patient from west Africa.

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Montana Schools
3:56 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Montana Teachers Come To Missoula To Sharpen Skills

Credit MEA-MFT Facebook page

Montana public school students have a short week so their teachers can attend a two-day conference in Missoula this Thursday and Friday. Up to 3,000 teachers will participate in the annual Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers conference. The MEA-MFT teachers' union vice president Melanie Charlson says this conference is anything but some sort of a vacation for teachers.

"You want to make certain that all of your professionals are honing their skills," says Charlson.

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