MTPR http://mtpr.org en Newscast 04-24-2014 http://mtpr.org/post/newscast-04-24-2014 <p>The former head of the CIA tells a Missoula audience what he thinks is the nation's biggest security threat. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye previews some statewide rallies on climate change. Reporter Edward O'Brien gets some tips on scooping dog poop. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with violinist Adele Anthony about her career and upcoming Montana concert.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:18:50 +0000 news 18158 at http://mtpr.org Kerry Says Window For Russia To Change Course In Ukraine Is Closing http://mtpr.org/post/kerry-says-window-russia-change-course-ukraine-closing Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a strongly worded warning to Russia on Thursday, saying the U.S. is ready to impose more sanctions if Russia refuses to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.<p>"The window to change course is closing," Kerry said. If Russia doesn't change course, "the world will make sure the costs for Russia will only grow."<p>Kerry's statement comes after Ukraine used lethal force against pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:00:00 +0000 editor 18155 at http://mtpr.org Former CIA Director warns government paralysis threatens national security http://mtpr.org/post/former-cia-director-warns-government-paralysis-threatens-national-security <p> In sometimes salty language, the former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, covered everything from torture to budget deficits in a wide-ranging talk Thursday at the University of Montana. Besides heading the CIA, Panetta also served as Secretary of Defense, and as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Panetta spoke to a riveted audience at the annual Jones/Tamm law school lecture. He was questioned for about 40 minutes by his friend and famous trial attorney Robert Bennett about domestic and foreign policy.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:39:25 +0000 Sally Mauk 18154 at http://mtpr.org Former CIA Director warns government paralysis threatens national security Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan http://mtpr.org/post/life-outside-fast-lane-startups-wary-web-traffic-plan The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is offering up some <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/blog/setting-record-straight-fcc-s-open-internet-rules">new rules</a> to govern traffic on the Internet. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 18156 at http://mtpr.org Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan On The Ballot In Georgia This Year: JFK http://mtpr.org/post/ballot-georgia-year-jfk Voting for this year's midterm elections is already underway in some states that hold early primaries. In Georgia, a field of seven GOP candidates is locked in a bitter fight for the nomination to succeed retiring Senate Republican Saxby Chambliss. <br /> <br />But another race that's turning heads in Georgia is one for state Senate that involves a candidate with a very familiar name: Kennedy. <br /> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:29:00 +0000 editor 18157 at http://mtpr.org On The Ballot In Georgia This Year: JFK Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus http://mtpr.org/post/why-us-worried-about-deadly-middle-eastern-virus The latest medical acronym to fear is MERS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The virus has killed 83 p<strong></strong>eople in the Arabian Gulf since first emerging in 2012 and now looks as if it could pose a global threat.<p>This week, the number of new cases rose at a rate that causes concern, the World Health Organization said in a <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_04_23_mers/en/">statement</a>.<strong> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 18151 at http://mtpr.org Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says http://mtpr.org/post/radioactive-leak-us-waste-dump-was-preventable-report-says A February accident at a nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," a Department of Energy report concludes.<p>NPR's Geoff Brumfiel says the report, released Thursday, says the release of radioactive material into the environment from the Feb. 14 accident at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., could have been prevented. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18152 at http://mtpr.org Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says Yankees Pitcher Suspended Over 'Foreign Substance' On Neck http://mtpr.org/post/yankees-pitcher-suspended-over-foreign-substance-neck Major League Baseball issued a ten-game suspension against Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for "possessing a foreign substance on his person" during a game against the Boston Red Sox.<p>As Major League Baseball reports, after the Sox's manager complained to home plate umpire Gerry Davis, he went out to the mound to inspect Pineda.<p>Davis found some tar on Pineda's neck.<p>Pineda was ejected and if he doesn't appeal the suspension, he'll begin serving it tonight.<p><a href="http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10833864/michael-pineda-new-york-yankees-banned-10-games-mlb">ESPN adds: </a><p Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 18153 at http://mtpr.org Yankees Pitcher Suspended Over 'Foreign Substance' On Neck Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help http://mtpr.org/post/rural-hospitals-weigh-independence-against-need-computer-help One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is moving to electronic medical records from old-fashioned paper files.<p>The switch is costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time, and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000 rural and small-town hospitals.<p>Rural hospitals are typically short on cash and people with information technology skills. So a lot of small hospitals are turning to bigger hospitals for help, and giving up some independence in exchange. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Eric Whitney 18147 at http://mtpr.org Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention http://mtpr.org/post/recall-woes-push-along-gms-cultural-reinvention General Motors has announced a big hit to first-quarter earnings, largely due to costs for recalls. Profits dropped nearly 90 percent from last year, with the company making a razor-thin profit of $100 million, GM said Thursday.<p>Meanwhile, GM has yet to explain why it took 10 years to issue one of the recalls for a defective ignition switch. Some critics believe the automaker's dysfunctional culture is to blame.<p>But the recall crisis could speed up a culture shift that's already underway. <p><strong>Customer-Focused</strong><p>The old GM may have taken customers for granted. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18145 at http://mtpr.org Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention