Montana News

Keystone XL Protest
3:51 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Protesters say pipeline jobs not worth environmental costs

Protesters gather in Whitefish 2/3/14 to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and push for renewable energy.
Credit Katrin Frye

Anti-Keystone X-L Pipeline protests popped up across the state and the country on Monday in response to a recent State Department report. The report came out last week and stated that the Pipeline itself would pose no significant increase to greenhouse gas emissions.         At a protest in Whitefish Steve Thompson with Glacier Climate Action said they wanted to send a clear message against building the Keystone X-L Pipeline.

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Wolf Debate
2:01 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wolf debate part of the “culture war”

Credit David Gilkey

Growing up in Montana, Nathan Rott knew wolves were controversial.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Just how much would Medicaid expansion cost the state anyway?

Items in parenthesis indicate a negative fiscal impact.
Credit Governor's Office of Budget and Program Planning

Analysis of a new ballot measure seeking to expand Medicaid shows expansion would not cost Montana as much as previously forecast, but the state budget would still take a long-term hit from the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative.”

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Homelessness
2:47 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

A new way to serve Missoula's homeless families

Michael Moore
Credit Edward O'Brien

Homelessness is a stubborn and pervasive problem in many places -  including, of course,  Missoula.
     Several local nonprofit service providers, along with the City of Missoula, announced this week they're shifting their approach to helping homeless families.
       The Coordinator of "Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness", concedes the "Housing First" model won't completely solve the problem, but Michael Moore says it's proven to have helped other communities.

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Graduation rates
1:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Montana graduation rates are on the rise

Credit MT OPI

  Montana’s high school graduation rate is on the rise. A new report from the state Office of Public Instruction touts a nearly four percent increase in the graduation rate since 2009, up to over 84 percent in 2013.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attributes much of that success to an initiative started by her office in 2010 called Graduation Matters Montana.

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MTPR in D.C.
5:53 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

MTPR News in Washington D.C.-- in pictures

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), center, enters the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chamber with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Dan Boyce

MTPR News Director Sally Mauk and Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent much of last week in Washington D.C. covering Sen. Max Baucus's confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Sally and Dan spoke with all three members of the state's congressional delegation about the Baucus legacy.

Click on the links below to hear the rest of our coverage.

Steve Daines
5:27 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) speaks with visiting Montanans at a weekly "coffee with constituents" event in Washington D.C. last week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Life for Bozeman-native Steve Daines has changed a lot in the last couple of years--from more than a quarter century in the private sector to Montana’s sole Congressional Seat.

Now, the Republican Representative has his sights set on another office, that of exiting Montana Senator Max Baucus.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent last week in Washington D.C. reporting on Montana’s federal delegation and spends a couple hours in the Washington life of Congressman Daines.

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NSA Threat
1:45 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy”

Best-selling author and journalist Chris Hedges
Credit Truthdig.com

Chris Hedges has seen fascism and war up close. For nearly 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans - for both print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio and the New York Times.

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Helena Diocese
2:16 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Helena Diocese filing for bankruptcy in wake of child sex-abuse lawsuits

Inside the Helena Cathedral. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection in the wake of child sex-abuse claims.
Credit Erik Madsen/flickr

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection as part of a settlement in lawsuits over child sex abuse. It’s the 11th diocese in the nation to seek bankruptcy after similar claims.

Allegations against The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena stem from a period between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Hundreds of victims say clergy members sexually abused them at that time while the church covered it up. Most of the clergy implicated in the suit have since died. None remain in active ministry.

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Northwestern Energy
2:21 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Northwestern Energy CEO says dams purchase ultimately good for consumers

Bob Rowe
Credit Northwestern Energy

Northwestern Energy announced last fall it wants to purchase eleven hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana.
      It's now in the process of proving to regulators that the $900-million-dollar deal is in the best interest of consumers.
     Northwestern is the state's largest electricity provider.

C.E.O Bob Rowe was in Missoula today and stopped by Montana Public Radio's studio to talk with Edward O'Brien about the deal.

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