Edward O'Brien


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

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Montana State University-Northern has resolved a discrimination complaint filed last year by a Native American student group.

The Havre-based university and the Sweetgrass Society student group signed on to the agreement, which settles the complaint alleging racial discrimination and First Amendment violations at the school.

Missoula police car.
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An employee of the State Crime Lab in Missoula has allegedly stolen portions of evidence from pending drug cases.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst declined to offer specific details, but said the situation is ongoing.

Sen. Steve Daines.
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  This story was updated at 2:20 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 with the following editor's note: Today, we were contacted by the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Jason Thielman, who thought it was important for listeners to know more about the people quoted in the story below. Click here to read Mr. Thielman's comments. 

Montana Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines made several stops in Western Montana today, including a brewery tour in Philipsburg. 

University of Montana head football coach Bobby Hauck at a press conference at UM, Dec. 1, 2017.
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The University of Montana’s new president and football coach will participate in a forum on sexism, sexual assault and cyber-bullying surrounding college athletics on campus next week in Missoula.

Monday’s panel discussion is hosted by local human rights group Missoula Rises. Erin Erickson is the group’s founder and director.

UM President Seth Bodnar meets with UM's oldest living graduate Emma Lommasson in Missoula, Thursday Feb. 15, 2018.
Edward O'Brien

At 106 years-old Emma Lommasson is the University of Montana’s oldest living graduate. When Lommasson woke up Thursday morning, she could boast of having met all but five of UM’s presidents. By Thursday afternoon, with the help of some loyal friends, that list whittled down to four when President Seth Bodnar walked in her senior living center to surprise her.