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

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University of Montana's Main Hall
Josh Burnham

A charitable foundation has established a major endowment with the University of Montana.

The Haynes Foundation has provided scholarship funds to UM before, but Monday's announcement of a $4 million permanent endowment is particularly significant.

Cattle
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China is one of the top beef-consuming nations in the world. But American producers have been locked out of that lucrative market since a Mad Cow Disease scare 13 years ago.

That changed this week.

Surbhi Jain is teaching the beginning and intermediate Hindi classes at UM this year. Brandon Fullbrook pictured front right. Adelheid Cassidy, rear left.
Edward O'Brien

Only five students are taking the University of Montana’s intermediate Hindi language class. Three others are in the beginning section.

Downtown Libby, MT.
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Funding for a Libby asbestos program is now on hold while the federal government investigates allegations of misspent grant money.

Libby’s Asbestos Resource Program helps residents manage asbestos if they plan to disturb soil on their property. It’s funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The National Weather Service is predicting freezing temperatures in western Montana Tuesday.
National Weather Service

Western Montana crops are vulnerable to potential freeze damage tonight.

The Environmental Protection Agency designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site in September 2016.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

The Environmental Protection Agency today designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site.

Swiss commodities firm Glencore announced the former smelter would be permanently shuttered back in the spring of 2015.

Smoke from the Copper King Fire, north of Thompson Falls, MT, August 1, 2016.
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Montana’s average annual firefighting costs range from $15 to $20 million. This year’s tab may end up costing about half that if conditions don’t get much worse.

Governor Steve Bullock announced today he’s committing $1.5 million of state fire suppression funds for various forest restoration and fuel reduction projects.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

Governor Steve Bullock announced today he’s committing $1.5 million of state fire suppression funds for various forest restoration and fuel reduction projects.

Montana State Forester Bob Harrington says this is a great use of that money:

Plans to remove a 50-foot-deep pile of smelter waste in the middle of Butte just hit another roadblock. As the Montana Standard reports, it’s the latest in a series of setbacks for plans to relocate the Parrot tailings. Editor David McCumber of the Montana Standard joins us with the latest news.

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.

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