Edward O'Brien

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Non-discrimination laws
1:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Another Montana town approves a non-discrimination ordinance

Jeff Krauss

Four Montana cities now have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Bozeman city commissioners have now passed such a measure, although representatives of churches and religious schools who objected were eventually exempted from it.  
 
      The ordinance passed unanimously and without discussion.

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Sally Mauk
8:24 am
Mon June 2, 2014

How incredibly odd it is to see Sally Mauk's empty office.

This is Edward O'Brien from the MTPR newsroom. I've worked for Sally for some 20-years.

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-Elections 2014
10:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Republican U.S. House candidates say they're the Conservative alternatives

Corey Stapleton

Five Republican candidates are vying to be Montana's next representative in the U.S. House.  
   That crowded field of congressional hopefuls in this year's primary includes state Senator Matt Rosendale of Glendive, former state Senator Corey Stapleton of Billings, state Senator Elsie Arntzen of Billings, Drew Turiano of Helena and former state Senator Ryan Zinke of Whitefish.

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Smurfit-Stone mill
3:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Waste discharge permit renewed for closed plant

Clark Fork Coalition Science Director, Dr. Chris Brick.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A year ago this month, the Environmental Protection Agency recommended a comprehensive Superfund cleanup for the 32-hundred acre industrial site that housed the former Smurfit-Stone pulp and paper mill.
        The former mill sits 11-miles northwest of Missoula and operated from 1957 to early 2010. Toxic by-products were created during the manufacturing process; some of which still contaminate the site which is now owned by M2Green.

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Exchange student shooting
1:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Missoula man accused of shooting student pleads not guilty

Kaarma (L) with Janelle Pflager on his right
Credit Edward O'Brien

The  Missoula man charged with shooting a German exchange student has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide.
    29-year-old Markus Kaarma was arraigned today in the April 27 death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. 

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-Elections 2014
9:31 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Democratic House candidates Lewis and Driscoll on fossil fuels, gun control and more

John Lewis

Montana Democrats next month will choose one of two candidates who hope to become Montana's next representative in the U.S. House. Republican Congressman Steve Daines is leaving the House to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by former Senator Max Baucus and now held by John Walsh.
      John Lewis and John Driscoll are competing for their party's nomination to advance to November's general election.
    Edward O'Brien has more on the Democratic House race featuring two men with backgrounds that each says would serve Montanans well:

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U-S House race
3:21 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

House candidate Ryan Zinke says good leaders can change their minds

Ryan Zinke

Five Republicans are running to serve as Montana's next Representative in the U-S House.
    The race has highlighted a rift among four candidates who generally view themselves as being more consistently conservative than former Montana state senator, Ryan Zinke; an accusation denied by the 52-year-old Zinke.

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Hantavirus
2:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Monkey model of Hantavirus opens new research opportunities

Sin Nombre virus particle emerges from a cell.
Credit NIAID

Hantavirus season is here and health officials are warning people to take precautions to guard against the virus that can lead to fatigue, aches and eventually progress to coughing,   shortness of breath and in some cases - death.

National Institutes of Health researchers have developed an important animal model of human hantavirus pulmonary syndrome that may - one day - lead to treatments, vaccines and improve diagnosis methods.

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Bicycle Tourism
1:22 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

There's money in those bicycles

Jim with one of his daughters at Key West
Jim Sayer

Bicycle tourism is big money these days.
       In tonight's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Jim Sayer talks about the economic benefits bicycle tourism holds for cities and counties interested in taking advantage of the sector's growing revenue potential.

Sayer's executive director of the Missoula-based Adventure Cycling Association, the largest bicycle advocacy membership organization in North America.
      Sayer says the concept of bike tourism doesn't always fit into a single definition.

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Mullan Road
2:44 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

John Mullan and his legacy road

Credit trailergypsies.com

Many are familiar with the Mullan Road; the road that traverses the expanse from Walla Walla, Washington to Fort Benton, Montana.  
      Missoulians, for instance, routinely use Mullan to access their homes, or shopping or dining on Reserve Street. The Missoula County Detention Center's located there, as well.
       But perhaps you've never given a second thought to the road's namesake, its origin, or the impacts it's had on the region.

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