Bomb Threat
12:32 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

California boy arrested as suspect in Helena bomb threats

Jefferson Elementary students and their parents sign out with school officials Friday from the Capitol Rotunda, the school's evacuation area.
Credit Dan Boyce

UPDATE 5:00 PM

Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy Dublin, California in connection with the series of bomb threats this week in Helena.

Police Chief Troy McGee says researching the calls earlier from earlier in the week led authorities to believe they may have been coming from out of state.

“All the IP Addresses, all the wifi connections, there are just so many ways you can connect with people this day and age, but all of them you can trace backwards,” he said, adding the department asked the FBI for help in the case.

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Indian Service
10:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Native and non-Native women played crucial role in early years of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill

It's Women's History Month, and as we reported earlier, part of the observance at the University of Montana, was a talk this week on the historical role of women in the U.S. Indian Service. University of New Mexico historian Cathleen Cahill  is the author of the book "Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933."

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Commentary - March 20th, 2014
9:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Natural Hazards

Floods and avalanches are on Montanans’ minds right now.  That means it is also an appropriate time to take a step back and think about natural hazards more generally.  We are accustomed to thinking of these disasters as acts of God or bad luck, or otherwise entirely outside of our control.  However, if we look carefully at disasters worldwide, we see an important result: natural disasters are more often—though not always—human disasters, because the largest influences on the outcome are social and ethical considerations.  Let me give you an example: the Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Fr

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Valerian

3/22/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" Valerian is a powerful agent for relaxation and sleep, with no dangerous side effects. In the past, aggression, epilepsy, shell shock and hysteria were all treated with valerian.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Physiology of Taste

Credit Chris Spooner

3/23/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon go on for some time about the physiology of taste, and the Silicon Valley of eating.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Canada Thistle

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Credit Oregon State University Research & Extension

3/23/14  &  3/24/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Canada Thistle," by Heather Sarantis.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Newscast 03-20-2014

Another Montana school closes after a fake bomb threat. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce tells us about a new wrinkle in the debate over the contentious Flathead Water Compact. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye takes us to the construction site of a habitat for humanity home. And in our feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with the director of the University of Montana's disability services for students, about a new agreement that will make sure disabled students can access campus technology.

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Disabled Access
11:25 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Technology only works if you can access it

As we reported yesterday, the University of Montana has reached an agreement with the federal Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, assuring that UM will provide better access for disabled students to campus technology.

Amy Capolupo is Director of UM Disability Services for Students. In this feature interview, she talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the agreement, which grew out of complaints from several disabled students about the lack of access.

 

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As a leader of NPR's award-winning health and science coverage, Neel focuses on stories about medical research and health-care delivery. Neel assigns stories to reporters and correspondents, helps them produce the stories and edits the pieces for broadcast or publication on NPR.org. He is a frequent guest or contributor to NPR's programs, blogs, and podcasts.

Commentary - March 19th, 2014
9:26 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Future of Aging

Good evening.  I’m Susan Kohler, CEO of Missoula Aging Services; the Area Agency on Aging for Missoula and Ravalli County.  Recently I attended the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) national conference, the largest one related to aging in the country. For 60 years ASA has studied the issues and opportunities surrounding our nation as we age. Tonight I will share some of the exciting conference highlights.  

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