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Eric Whitney

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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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University of Montana President Seth Bodnar addresses the faculty senate about UM's preliminary plans to cut 51.5 faculty positions due to declining enrollment, April 17, 2018.
Eric Whitney

Faculty at the University of Montana had their first opportunity to give feedback on the new preliminary plan University administrators released this morning that suggests cutting more than 50 faculty positions.

Chinese Ambassador Chui Tian Kai (left) and Republican Senator Steve Daines spoke to the press after a meeting at a ranch near Belgrade, Montana in Sept., 2017
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines says he’s encouraged that President Trump appears interested in the US returning to negotiations to become part of Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. And Daines said he told the President farmers and ranchers prefer access to international markets to subsidies that would protect them from tariffs.

There are two forums for the candidates in Montana’s primary races coming up. 

On Wednesday night, the Democrats running for their party’s nomination in Montana’s U.S. House race meet in Seeley Lake. The Democrats will be joined at the forum by the Libertarian and Green Party candidates for the House seat. 

Belt Creek, in the Little Belt Mountains, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
Eric Whitney

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is hosting their annual open house next week in White Sulphur Springs.

"It’s mainly just to invite the public in to talk about projects that we’ve been working on over the years, but also projects that we have planned field work going on this upcoming summer," Kathy Bushnell, a spokesperson for the Forest says. 

How might the trade sanctions President Donald Trump is proposing for China affect Montanans? We put that question to former Montana Senator Max Baucus, who also served as U.S. Ambassador to China in the Obama administration. In October, Baucus joined former Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana to form an advocacy group called Farmers For Free Trade, which represents the National Wheat and Corn Growers Associations, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, among others. 

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