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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

The state ballot measure to end voter registration on election day will be especially bad for Native Americans.

That is according to the lawyer who has argued and won some of Montana’s most significant Native American voting rights lawsuits.

"Any restriction on the ability of people to register to vote ought to be invalidated," says Laughlin McDonald, director emeritus of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project.

Chris Siegler

As the Ebola crisis rages on in West Africa, Missoula’s YMCA is raising money to help their sister organization in Sierra Leone fight the deadly outbreak.

Chris Siegler, who’s been on the board of Missoula’s Y since 1983, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the west African country in the late 1960s with his wife Jeannie. They went back to visit after Sierra Leon’s 11-year civil war that ended in 2002. On that trip they discovered the Y in its capital, Freetown.

Senator Tester says he doesn’t think President Obama needs to ask Congress for authorization for the military campaign against the Islamic State he announced yesterday.

"I think he already has the authorization. That authorization was given after 9-11 and I think that authorization still exists."

But Senator Tester says he does want the President to consult with Congress on his military action.

Sen. Jon Tester.
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A proposed constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance laws failed in the U-S Senate today. The amendment was co-sponsored by Montana Democrat Jon Tester.

Senator Tester says the amendment is needed to restore state control of campaign spending regulations.

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Community Medical Center in Missoula announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its assets for 67-million-dollars. The 151-bed hospital is selling to a partnership between Billings Clinic and a Tennessee-based hospital management firm.

The agreement, if approved by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, would transform Community Medical from a not-for-profit corporation into a for-profit hospital.

John Barnes, a spokesman for the attorney general, explains why his office is involved.

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