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Adoption
1:45 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Adoption can make a world of difference in a child's life

We're coming to the end of National Adoption Month.
   Recent celebrations have marked the adoption of at least 29 children in Great Falls and Billings.
     Lutheran Social Services of Montana operates a statewide adoption agency.
     In this interview, executive director Kathryn Sabol tells Edward O'Brien hundreds of more Montana children are waiting to be welcomed into new families of their own.
     Sabol tells us more about Lutheran Social Services of Montana:

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YMCA
2:10 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

The YMCA - not just a gym and swim

Credit YMCA Missoula

Some of us will soon be hitting the gym to work off the weight we've gained as a result of all the holiday treats and feasts.
     The YMCA welcomes people to consider its gym and swim services.

But, Jon Lange, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Missoula Family YMCA says the organization offers much more than health and wellness facilities.
    In tonight's feature interview, Lange details some of those programs. He tells Edward O'Brien the YMCA has always been a part of his life.

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National Guard and Reserve
1:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

More asked of citizen soldiers; support of civilian employers crucial

The military is calling on National Guard and Reserve members to serve more frequently and for longer periods of time.
       This puts more pressure on both the soldiers who volunteer their service - and the people who employ them.
       In this evening's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, the state chairman of a Department of Defense office called the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve explains how potential conflicts can be smoothed over between these citizen soldiers and their employers.

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Black Footed Ferret
1:57 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ferret recovery is tricky. Is it worth it?

Credit U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

State wildlife commissioners have approved the release of up to 20 black-footed ferrets in central Montana to prevent the loss of a struggling population of the highly-endangered prairie animal.

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Food donations
2:02 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Montana Food Bank Network going from one busy season to another

Credit Montana Food Bank Network

There are very few chances to step back, catch your breath and admire ones work at the Montana Food Bank Network.

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Judy Smith
3:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Judy Smith: feminist, social justice advocate and friend of MTPR, dies.

Judy Smith
Credit Eliza Wiley Independent Record

Western Montana feminist, social justice advocate and long-time Montana Public Radio commentator, Judy Smith, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Edward O'Brien has more on the life and legacy of a woman remembered as a "warrior" by those who knew her.

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Education
2:14 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Report says Montana should do more to promote early education

Thale Dillon
Credit University of Montana

A new report produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation concludes Americans should do more to promote early childhood education.

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Diabetes
1:52 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Taking control of diabetes can change your life

A free diabetes awareness program is being held tomorrow at Missoula's Providence St. Patrick Hospital.
         Diabetes is a serious and growing problem across the country.
         The Coordinator of Providence St. Patrick's Diabetes Care and Prevention Center, Jennifer Troupe, says managing the symptoms of diabetes can seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated.
         In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Troupe says taking control of the disease is not only possible, but can change the course of a life for the better.

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Healthcare
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The transgendered face unique personal and healthcare challenges

Lynsey Bourke (L) and Erin Armstrong (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

The transgendered have unique healthcare needs that can be challenging for both the patient and - in some cases - the physician.

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Climate Week 2013
10:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Climate change presenting new challenges to farmers

Lifeline shed equipped with solar panels
Edward O'Brien

Farming is a tough and unpredictable business. It requires hard manual labor and quick responses to complicated problems.

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