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Edward O'Brien

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

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Hellgate High School students joined the national gun walkout April 20, 2018. L to r: Jack Catmull, Erin Szalda-Petree, Ally Fradkin and Llwyn Clark-Gaynor. They're all members on the band “Carpool”.
Edward O'Brien

Missoula students from Hellgate High joined a nationwide student walkout today on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 13 people died. Missoula’s walkout started at about 1:30 at the Xs sculpture at the north end of Higgins Avenue downtown. About 50 people were there when it started.

Morphine pills.
Eric Norris (CC-BY-2)

The Trump administration this week released almost $500 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. 

Montana’s share of that federal funding from Health and Human Services is $2 million, the same amount it received last year.

A closeup satellite image shows a thick layer of wildfire smoke covering Idaho and Montana, September 4, 2017.
NOAA

The latest American Lung Association air quality report shows some Montana communities continue to have unhealthy levels of air pollution on a national scale. Wildfires are the main culprit.

According the Lung Association’s most recent "State of the Air" report, the city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution.

University Hall at The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana today revealed preliminary plans to eliminate more than 50 faculty positions in order to bring its budget into balance.

The University calls its proposed recommendations a "Strategy for Distinction."

Stewart Brandborg in 2006.
Courtesy The Wilderness Society

One of the architects of the modern wilderness movement died this weekend at his home in western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Friends and colleagues remember the life and legacy of Stewart Brandborg.

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