Edward O'Brien

Assistant News Director

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Uighurs
2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

"The Tibetans you've never heard of"

Credit Associated Press

The Uighur ethnic group in northwest China is increasingly making headlines in the Western press; usually in the context of a confirmed - or suspected - violent attack within China or Russia.

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Violence policy
1:37 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Justice officials meet to address impacts of violence on Native children

Credit U.S. Department of Justice

A federal Department of Justice advisory committee studying issues related to children's' exposure to violence in Native American or Alaska Native communities is meeting this week in Florida.
       Montana U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter is there to share details about a pilot project taking place among the Chippewa Cree Tribe on Eastern Montana's Rocky Boy Reservation.

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Child abuse prevention month
2:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Child abuse presents profound immediate and long-term problems

Teresa Nygaard(L) and Katie Peterson

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month - an unfortunate reminder that child abuse - in all its forms - continues to be a persistent problem.

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Bear hibernation
2:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bears starting to - or soon will - emerge from winter dens

Flying over the Rocky Mountain Front/bear country
M. Madel

Springtime in Montana brings with it a few certainties: For one, it's gong to be muddy. It's also going to be warm and beautiful one day, then snowy and cold the next.   
     It also means bears are starting to wake up and will soon be lumbering out of their dens.

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Medicine
2:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Science and Art of Anesthesiology

Dr. Cristi Sullivan
Credit Edward O'Brien

And now for a brief look at a profession few of us may regularly think about until we have to; but when that time comes, it's suddenly one of the most important things in the world.This is about anesthesiology. When you're scheduled to undergo any number of medical procedures that - without pain-killing/numbing drugs - could induce anything from minor discomfort to unimaginable pain, you want a skilled anesthesiologist in your corner.
       Dr. Cristi Sullivan is a partner of Missoula Anesthesiology, P.C.

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Medical Helicopter
2:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Sleek, new medical helicopter begins service in Missoula

Easier access/roomier
Edward O'Brien

It was a case of "out with the old and in with the new" in Missoula as a brand-new medical helicpoter and its Montana team visited the two local hospitals they'll serve.

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Trail Maintenance
2:15 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lagging forest trail maintenance prompting "frenemies" to unite

Stemple Pass volunteer crew. Freix in blue tank, lower right
Shannon Freix

Over 50 diverse recreation and conservation groups say the Forest Service is facing a nation-wide trails crisis and they sent a letter to Congress this week asking for help.

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Coal Impact Funds
1:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Can coal train impacts at rail crossings be mitigated?

Credit Montana State Parks

Coal export-related rail traffic in Montana is rising and not expected to subside anytime soon. Pacific Northwest-bound train traffic can have impacts on communities, leaving some wondering why more can't be done to mitigate those inconveniences.  In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Montana Coal Board member Tom Towe talks about the options available to Montana communities.
       The Billings attorney is well-versed on the issue as he created the Montana Coal Tax, Montana Coal Tax Trust Fund and Coal Impact Fund some 3 decades ago:

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Veteran's Outreach Program
1:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

White House honors UM student

Tristan Persico

University of Montana student, Tristan Persico, was honored this week at the White House for his conservation work and helping fellow veterans readjust to civilian life.

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Suffrage Exhibit
11:24 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Exhibits explore the highs - and shameful lows - of Montana’s early suffrage movement

University of Montana history professor Anya Jabour

March is Women's History Month and 2014 is also the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana.

        The occasion is being marked this year with exhibits at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

        U-M History professor Anya Jabour was part of the team that helped create these exhibits. Jabour, the Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies at U-M also chairs the Montana Woman's Suffrage Centennial committee.

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