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Grant Continues Asbestos-Related Care At Libby Clinic

6/22/2018
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A northwestern Montana clinic has been awarded $2.5 million to continue providing asbestos-related healthcare. Libby’s Center for Asbestos Related Disease, or CARD Clinic, specializes only in asbestos-related illness.

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Highway 200 Near Rogers Pass Re-Opens After Flooding

6/22/2018
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Part of Highway 200 reopened this afternoon clearing the route between Missoula and Great Falls. The section of the road near Rogers Pass was closed for several days following flooding in the area on Tuesday. Brent Colbert, a captain with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office, says the highway reopened a little after 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.

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Butte Breaks Ground On Parrot Tailings Removal Project

6/22/2018
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On Thursday morning, close to a hundred people gathered at an old ball field across from Butte’s Civic Center and circled around haul trucks and excavators fit for Paul Bunyan, if he was a miner, and not a lumberjack. Both the crowd and the heavy machinery were there for the groundbreaking ceremony on the Parrot tailings removal project.

Duration:00:04:57

Rep Gianforte Introduces Bill To Ban Mining Near Yellowstone

6/21/2018
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A proposal to ban mining near Yellowstone National Park got its first hearing in the U.S. House today. It has the unconditional support of Montana’s lone representative, Republican Greg Gianforte . Congressman Gianforte is an ardent supporter of the natural resources extraction industries. Even so, he testified against mining before a House Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday.

Duration:00:02:18

Hundreds In Missoula, Kalispell Protest Immigrant Family Separation

6/21/2018
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Several hundred people rallied in Missoula and Kalispell Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border. Though President Trump overturned that policy through an executive order Wednesday afternoon, many in Missoula remained skeptical.

Duration:00:08:02

Supreme Court Ruling Means Sales Tax Changes For Montana's Online Businesses

6/21/2018
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A United States Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday means Montana businesses may have to start collecting a sales tax when they sell their products online. The order from the Supreme Court strikes down previous rules that said states could not collect sales tax from a business if that business did not have a physical presence in the state.

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Addressing Montana's Suicide Rate, The Highest In The Nation

6/21/2018
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The suicide rate in Montana is more than twice the national average, that’s according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Among the counties with the highest suicide rate in Montana is Butte/Silver Bow. Karen Sullivan is the Health Officer for Butte Silver Bow. MTPR's Beau Baker spoke with Sullivan about why suicide rates are so high in Montana.

Duration:00:09:24

Western Montana Home Construction Doubles In Areas With High Wildfire Risk

6/20/2018
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A new study says the number of homes constructed in areas with high wildfire risks has doubled in western Montana since 1990 , outpacing development rates in areas with low fire hazards.

Duration:00:05:44

Gov Declares Flood Emergency, Waters Close Highways Near Augusta

6/20/2018
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Governor Steve Bullock this afternoon declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of possible major flooding in Cascade County and Lewis and Clark County and the City of Great Falls. Flood waters around Augusta continue to shut down roadways and make passage impossible along some highways and bridges.

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De-funded Flathead Water Quality Watchdog Redefines Itself

6/20/2018
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The Flathead Basin Commission is redefining its role protecting water quality in northwest Montana, after legislators gutted its funding last November and its executive director was fired in February. The Commission spent much of Wednesday reinventing itself.

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Montana Mining Interests Work To 'Stop I-186'

6/20/2018
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Mining industry advocates went on the offensive Wednesday against a proposed ballot initiative they say would effectively ban future mining in the state. The opposition group to ballot initiative 186 announced its launch a day after the Montana Supreme Court ruled against the mining industry’s request to void the initiative .

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State Supreme Court Won't Block Mining Ballot Initiative

6/19/2018
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The Montana Supreme Court today unanimously denied a request by the Montana Mining Association to toss out a proposed ballot initiative for being legally insufficient to put before voters. Sponsors are collecting signatures for the initiative to require future mines to submit reclamation plans that don't require the perpetual cleanup of polluted water after the mines close.

Duration:00:00:41

Grizzly Bear Committee Delays Vote On NCDE Conservation Strategy

6/19/2018
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Wildlife managers are laying the groundwork to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around the Continental Divide in northwest Montana later this year. On Tuesday, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s executive committee was expected to vote on a so-called Conservation Strategy . But the vote was delayed to give members more time to consider public comments.

Duration:00:05:23

No Agreement Over Budget Forecasts Between Legislature, Governor's Office

6/19/2018
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Following the collapse of the state budget last year, lawmakers are considering changing how the state plans out its budgeting process. However, a proposal from the state budget director on the topic doesn't seem to be receiving support from Republican finance leaders.

Duration:00:01:24

Montana Representatives Oppose Separating Families At Border

6/19/2018
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All three of Montana’s delegates in Washington, D.C. said they oppose the Trump Administration’s strategy of separating families at the border. But they disagree on how to move forward to change that practice.

Duration:00:02:12

Wildlife On The Agenda At Next Flathead River Management Meeting

6/19/2018
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The Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park are continuing to seek public input on a new comprehensive river management plan for the three forks of the Flathead River. A total of 219 miles of the Flathead are designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 . The Act was intended to safeguard the special character of certain U.S. rivers. As part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Flathead is subject to federal planning to preserve and protect its outstanding...

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Flooding Closes Highways Along Rocky Mountain Front

6/19/2018
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Heavy rain falling along the Rocky Mountain Front over the last several days has triggered flooding and road closures in and around the town of Augusta, and closed all the roads into the town.

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Candidate Profile: Greg Gianforte

6/19/2018
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Now that Montana's primary elections are over, we're profiling the candidates voters will choose in November to represent Montana in Congress. Today, Greg Gianfort e, the Republican who won the special election last year earlier to replace Ryan Zinke, who was appointed Secretary of Interior.

Duration:00:09:20

Montana Lawmakers Look To Reverse Some State Budget Cuts

6/18/2018
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Revenue projections indicate the state will likely have enough money at the end of the fiscal year to backfill $45 million in cuts made to state agencies during last year’s special legislative session. “We are extremely hopeful,” says Representative Nancy Ballance , the Republican chair of the Legislative Finance Committee, which met Monday morning.

Duration:00:03:30

Montana's Uninsured Rate Steady, Medicaid Expansion Beneficial, News Studies Say

6/18/2018
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A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance. And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion. “Since we’ve got two full years under our belts, we thought this was a good time to take a look.” says Aaron...

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