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Eric Whitney

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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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A grizzly bear visiting a wire hair snag station near Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park (PD)

As the federal government prepares to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the area around Glacier National Park, bear management experts say public acceptance of grizzlies will be crucial to their long term survival.

Chris Servheen saw what a difference that can make in his 35 year career as the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Health insurance companies in Montana will be allowed to adjust their prices to account for President Trump’s executive order that stops some federal payments to insurers.

That news came Monday, after one company said last week that if they couldn’t change their prices, they’d have to leave the Montana market due to the President eliminating Cost Sharing Reduction, or CSR payments.

Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte
Bree Zender

At 3:00 this afternoon Congressman Greg Gianforte issued a press release saying he's holding a "Public Tele-Town Hall Forum" at 6:05 pm. 

The release says people can register for it here: https://vekeo.com/repgianforte/

Some of the people at the two day suicide prevention gathering in Helena this week
Eric Whitney

 


One day after the suicide of a mountaineer in Montana made headlines across the country, Governor Steve Bullock addressed a gathering in Helena, and brought up another suicide that didn't make the news.

"Last Thursday, the Ft. Belknap community buried one of their own," Bullock said. "She had been a scholar at Harlem High, she'd been an athlete and a role model. She was a soldier, National Guard member representing her state and her nation."

U.S. Capitol.
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As September drew to a close, so did funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

In Montana the program that’s jointly funded by the federal and state governments covers about 23,000 children.

If federal funding isn’t restored by Congress, most of those kids could lose their health coverage by as soon as January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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