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

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Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in Missoula and Billings on Wednesday, May 11..
Courtesy Sanders campaign

Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in Missoula and Billings on Wednesday. The Sanders rallies are expected to draw big crowds this week.

The Missoula County Attorney says her predecessor may have improperly removed a box from what’s supposed to be a secure file storage area. Missoula police are investigating an alleged breach at the County Attorney’s secure file storage area. That’s where confidential criminal justice information is kept.

Montana Snow Water Equivalent Basin Percentage of Normal, May 2016
USDA NRCS

The recent sunny, warm weather is taking a toll on Montana’s mountain snowpack.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service says our snowpack peaked in early April. According to water supply specialist Lucas Zukiewicz, that’s one to two weeks ahead of normal.

Mike DeGrosky is Montana's Fire and Aviation Bureau Chief.
John Owens/BLM

Montana may be in for a "typical" fire season, but officials say that’s not the same thing as an "easy" fire season. Montana’s Fire and Aviation chief for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says most signs point to a “normal” fire season this year.

In 2014 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued tags allowing the export of 59,000 bobcat pelts from the United States.
Flickr user Pinke (CC-BY-NC-2)

Conservation groups say the federal government is overlooking the environmental ramifications of trapping furbearing animals for export. They’re suing to implement a review process.

BlueCross BlueShield of Montana has refunded over $1 million to thousands of Montana university students.

Senator Jon Tester is meeting with local community and business leaders in Columbia Falls Friday to discuss job training for workers impacted by impending timber mill closures.
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High-rise wood-framed buildings are rare in the United States, but that may change. Senator Steve Daines has signed on to a bill to accelerate research and development of what are called "tall wood buildings."

Conrad Burns, Former Montana Senator.
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Conrad Burns was a polarizing figure in Montana politics. Burns died at his Billings home yesterday of natural causes. He was 81.

Veterans Choice, file photo.
Courtesy Veterans Administration

Sen. Jon Tester has introduced a proposed fix for the year-old Veterans Choice program.

"This is a big deal for veterans. It’s a big deal for the VA and I think [it’ll be] a big deal once we get it passed.”

A client bedroom at the Assessment and Stabilization Unit (ASU).
Steve Jess

More Montanans with developmental disabilities will be moving into community-based care under a plan approved today in Boulder.

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