Edward O'Brien

Interim News Director

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Exchange student shooting
12:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Missoula judge scolds Kaarma attorney

Markus Kaarma (L) and lead attorney Paul Ryan (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County District Court Judge Ed McLean today laid it out in no uncertain terms  to Markus Kaarma's lead attorney, Paul Ryan:

"I don't want any playing to the public. We have serious business at hand and it's not the time to run  a public relations campaign, so knock it off."

McLean  was referring to the announcement that tomorrow morning, in Missoula's Caras Park, Ryan's law firm would host a live screening of the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany.

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Jon Tester
1:15 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Senator Jon Tester on the VA, Iraq and Brian Schweitzer

Sen. Jon Tester and Edward O'Brien

Senator Jon Tester continues his statewide listening tour to hear from Montana veterans about how to improve care at the Veterans Administration.

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Medicaid expansion
10:36 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot

Credit Healthy Montana Initiative

Organizers of the Healthy Montana Initiative - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.

Healthy Montana Initiative president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.

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MT GOP platform convention
1:56 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention

Will Deschamps
Credit Montana GOP

The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its  platform convention this weekend. 

Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.
    Conservative and more moderate Republicans on both the statewide and national levels are debating the best course for the party's future. Deschamps suspects that conversation will also be had in Billings this weekend.

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Plane Crash
11:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Twin-engine plane crashes near Lost Trail ski lodge

Grumman G-21
Credit wikimedia commons

One person is confirmed dead after a plane crashed yesterday in the parking lot of Lost Trail Powder Mountain on Highway 93 south at the Montana/Idaho border. Ravalli County Undersheriff, Steve Holton,  says Ravalli County dispatch began receiving calls about the crash shortly after 5:00 yesterday afternoon. Preliminary information suggests the plane was a Grumman G-21, an amphibious twin engine aircraft.

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Barry Beach
2:29 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Barry Beach: sickened and saddened by denial of clemency application

Credit Casey Page/Billings Gazette

Montana's parole board this week rejected a clemency application from Barry Beach.
    That means he'll continue to serve a 100-year sentence for the 1979 killing of high school classmate, Kim Nees, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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River recovery
2:33 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Victim of Missoula Clark Fork River car incident identified

Credit Conor Ballantyne

The Missoula County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office has identified the victim of yesterday's river recovery as 71-year-old Melvin Arthur Beedle. 

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School violence
2:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Missoula Public Schools continues to prepare for violent incidents

Missoula's Paxon Elementary
Credit Missoula County Public Schools

It'll sound like something terrible is happening inside a Missoula elementary school tomorrow, June 13th, but rest assured; it's all staged and meant to train teachers and staff for a worst-case scenario.
     Missoula County Public Schools continues the district's Active Resistance Training from 8:00 a-m to 5:00 p-m at Paxson Elementary on the corner of Higgins and Evans Avenues.

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Missoula Symphony Orchestra
8:56 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Remembering Joseph Henry

Credit Missoula Symphony Orchestra

The former director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra is being remembered as a man who not only brought significant change to the organization, but did so in a gentle and thoughtful way.
       Joseph Henry died last Sunday at the age of 84.

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Primary Election Results
7:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Primary Election Results

Primary election results for statewide offices and Missoula County races.

Last updated 10:50 a.m.  6/04/14.

U.S. Senate

677/693 precincts fully reporting. 16/693 precincts partially reporting.

Democrats
John Walsh....................... 48,380
John Bohlinger................. 17,106
Dirk Adams....................... 10,028

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