Edward O'Brien

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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

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Mineral County Hospital representatives say the hospital has not been paid for services delivered under the Veterans Choice program.
Courtesy Mineral County Hospital

Congressman Ryan Zinke says the nation can’t just throw more money at a widely criticized veterans’ health care program.

Rep. Ryan Zinke (right), a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, handed out the lapel pins to local veterans who served on active duty during the Vietnam War years.
Edward O'Brien

Montana Representative Ryan Zinke told Vietnam war veterans in Missoula today that theirs was America’s "unsettled" war. Zinke presented 50th Anniversary Commemorative Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to dozens of vets at Rose Park's memorial.

More showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening in NW Montana. The potential for further runoff exists in and around Glacier National Park.
National Weather Service Missoula

  Flood waters are receding in some parts of northwest Montana. Snowmelt, however, continues to create problems in other areas.

A lawsuit filed Monday, May 23, 2016, is challenging the federal government’s support for transferring management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
USFWS (CC-BY-2)

A lawsuit filed Monday is challenging the federal government’s support for transferring management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Steady rain will continue for much of northwest Montana today. Many locations have already seen significant rainfall in the past 36 hours, with common amounts in the 2-3 inch range.
National Weather Service Missoula

Persistent rainfall is creating flooding headaches in northwest Montana. A washed-out culvert just north of Apgar closed a portion of Going-To-The-Sun Road early Monday. That was just one of several heavy rain-related problems reported in northwest Montana.

A Montana Buds medical marijuana sign.
Corin Cates-Carney

Federal agents have raided one of Montana’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries. Drug Enforcement Administration agents descended on Montana Buds in the Bozeman area on Wednesday morning.

Montana Labor, Non-Profit Groups React to New Federal Overtime Rule
M. Sullivan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

A new federal overtime rule could have profound impacts in Montana.

Bull elk
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Bison usually get the bulk of the blame for spreading a livestock disease around the Yellowstone ecosystem. A new study turns that assumption on its ear. It says elk are spreading the disease at an increased rate.

Park regulations require people stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife including bison, elk and deer and at least 100 yards from wolves and bears. Disregarding those simple rules can lead to to fines, serious injury or death.
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A Yellowstone National Park bison calf that tourists put in their car last week is now dead. Park officials are warning visitors to follow local wildlife and park safety regulations. They say too many people aren’t, and it’s causing big problems.

Regional impacts of La Niña.
NOAA/National Weather Service

Something’s brewing in the Pacific Ocean that could significantly affect Montana later this year. Edward O’Brien explains:

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