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Medicaid Expansion
5:38 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Supporters of Medicaid expansion initiative can begin gathering signatures

Supporters of an initiative looking to expand Medicaid in the state can now begin gathering signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.

The Attorney General’s Office approved the Healthy Montana Plan this week after finding problems with earlier versions of the initiative.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says opponents still believe the measure violates the state constitution. 

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Poetry and Indian Culture
3:32 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Montana Indian Poetry and Culture

The Indian in the Liquor Cabinet and Other Poems, by Joseph McGeshick

Historian, teacher, and poet Joseph McGeshick talks about Montana’s Native American poets and about what’s happening on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. He also read a few of his poems.

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Blackfeet Reservation
2:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Where God Likes to Be

Credit Nicolas Hudak

A new documentary featuring three young people from the Blackfeet Indian reservation - all at a crossroads in their lives - debuts this weekend at Missoula's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

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Pen Pals
12:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Crayons and construction paper meets cursive and stationary

2nd graders from Kalispell's Edgerton Elementary meet with pen pals from the Buffalo Hill Terrace retirement community for the first time on Valentine's Day.
Credit Mike Kofford / Kalispell School District 5

Teachers of a second grade class in Kalispell found a fairly old-school way to get kids excited about writing.

Pen pals.

Shelly Kennedy and Suzanne Elliott’s class at Edgerton Elementary School started exchanging letters with residents at the Buffalo Hill Terrace retirement home at the beginning of the school year.

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Monday Music Special
12:23 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Indigenous Expression: music by Peter LaFarge, Joy Harjo, Blackfire, HAPA...

02/24/2014 - During this Monday Music Special, David Sam plays compositions and covers by Peter LaFarge, Joy Harjo, Blackfire, HAPA— from Hawaii — Jesse Ed Davis, and many more American Indian and Alaska Native musicians. He also plays tracks from a Salish Culture Committee CD that includes historical information about the indigenous people of western Montana and a poem by Jennifer Finley.

 

Mountain West Voices
8:33 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Nobody Can Move You: Keeping Blackfoot Language and Culture Alive in Alberta

2/19/2014 - This week on Mountain West Voices: Conrad Little Leaf talks about the Blackfoot experience on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border, about cultural and linguistic continuity, and the fight against assimilation.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/111482-nobody-can-move-you-keeping-blackfoot-language-an

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Pea Green Boat
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Science and Nature

Which animals stay warmest in winter? Brian Williams from the Montana Natural History Center will conduct an experiment today on the Pea Green Boat to help us find the answer. Join us today between 4 and 5:00 p.m.

Megaloads
5:44 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers ask if Missoula can charge fees to megaload shipments

State lawmakers are asking what rights local governments have to charge fees to megaload shipments moving through Montana cities and towns.

These vehicles carry enormous pieces of equipment, blocking traffic as they haul their freight often to the tar sands of Canada or the Bakken oil patch.

The legislature’s Revenue and Transportation Interim committee inquired into the fees Tuesday.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says the city of Missoula began charging them a few years ago. 

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MTPR Program Highlights
4:36 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

February 20-26

Here are MTPR program highlights for February 20 – February 26, 2014

THURSDAY- February 20, 2014

9:05 a.m.   – Dussek: Symphony in Bb; Enescu: Violin Sonata #2 in F minor, Op. 6; Lenoir: Parlez – Moi D’Amaour for accordion; Dohnanyi: Serenade for Strings, Op. 10; Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

1:00 p.m   State of the Re:Union -“Re:Defining Black History” - Zeroing in one some alternate, lesser known narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, which deconstruct the popular perception of certain celebrated moments

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Musician's Spotlight
2:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Spencer Myer

"Musician's Spotlight," February 18, 2014: Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering audience and critical acclaim from around the world. His stellar playing is rapidly establishing him as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation.

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