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Eric Whitney

News Director

Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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University of Montana President Seth Bodnar talks to reporters about UM's future and his plans for tackling the university's budget shortfall, January 31, 2018.
Eric Whitney

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar says the school needs to find $10 million in spending cuts and revenue increases to bring its budget into balance by 2022.

William Dale Newhoff
Missoula County Sheriff's Office

A man police were chasing as an armed and dangerous federal fugitive in East Missoula this morning is in police custody tonight after being caught this afternoon.

About 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, a car chase ended in a truck crashing into a tree at an East Missoula mobile home court. William Dale Newhoff fled that scene on foot. 

State corrections Director Reginald Michael’s at a Capitol press conference July 19, 2017 with Sen. Cynthia Wolken and Gov. Steve Bullock.
Montana Department of Corrections

The Director of Montana’s Department of Corrections had few details on last week’s firing of the warden at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge when state lawmakers asked him about it Monday.

U.S. Senate Committee On Energy and Natural Resources

A bill that would protect 79,000 acres of wilderness in the Blackfoot and Clearwater watersheds has been scheduled for a Senate committee hearing in two weeks.

Thompson Falls resident Amanda Childers testified before a legislative committee Thursday about how the job training component of Montana's expanded Medicaid program put her on a path to a career in health care.
Eric Whitney

Last week the Trump administration made a historic change to Medicaid, the health coverage program that’s jointly funded by the states and federal government. For the first time, states were given the OK to require Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for health coverage.

Republican lawmakers tried to do that in Montana 2015, but the Obama administration said no.

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