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Montana Mental Health Caseworkers File Unfair Labor Practices Complaint

12/11/2017
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A new union that formed in response to state budget cuts is now charging their employer with unfair labor practices. Adult mental health caseworkers accuse a state contractor of not bargaining in good faith. The union, which formed in September, filed an unfair labor practice complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board.

Duration: 00:01:21


State Pensions Show Healthy Growth This Year, Managers Say

12/11/2017
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Montana’s largest public pension funds Monday reported greater than expected returns on investments this year. But moving forward, one of them isn’t expecting such high returns to continue. Both the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System saw investment returns slightly higher than the 7.75 percent their investment managers expected.

Duration: 00:01:35


Affordable Care Act Enrollment Closes Dec. 15

12/11/2017
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With the final deadline for getting a healthcare plan under the Affordable Care Act now just days away, the number of Montanans who’ve signed up for insurance plans on healthcare.gov is 2,000 people ahead of this time last year. This Friday, December 15, is the last day Montanans can sign up for coverage.

Duration: 00:02:11


Tags Sell Out For Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt In Montana

12/11/2017
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Tags sold out quickly Monday morning for a special deer hunt to learn how far chronic wasting disease has spread in Montana.

Duration: 00:02:08


Active Resistance: SubSurface Episode 4

12/11/2017
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We’ve heard in previous episodes what it’s like to live with invasive zebra and quagga mussels: the costs they can impose, the changes they bring, the clarity they leave in their wake. We learned how they spread, and how managers are working to stay in front of their advances into Big Sky Country. But what if they get here anyway? What are options then? And what does this invasion mean for the landscape? For us? Today in the fourth episode of SubSurface, we’re looking at Plan B, and thinking...

Duration: 00:25:10


University Of Montana Officials Review Proposed Cuts, Restructuring

12/8/2017
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The University of Montana is taking a hard look at its priorities. University of Montana officials met Friday to take a hard look at the recommendations from a task force reviewing those budgeting and enrollment priorities. The University of Montana’s funding is tied to enrollment, and declining enrollment has proven to be a significant financial challenge over the last several years. The school is now reevaluating its academic and administrative priorities.

Duration: 00:02:12


State Approves Special Hunt To Survey For Chronic Wasting Disease

12/8/2017
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Montana wildlife managers have approved a special hunt to learn more about the prevalence of chronic wasting disease in south central Montana. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to allow the hunt that will begin December 15. Licenses will go on sale December 11.

Duration: 00:01:13


Energy Sector Leaders Meet In Helena To Talk Renewables

12/8/2017
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Energy developers and utility companies met in the state Capitol Friday to discuss Montana’s energy future. As the energy market changes, and some lawmakers and customers demand less carbon emitting power , energy companies are looking at how renewable energy will grow in Montana. More than a dozen major energy market players from around Montana and the West sat at a table in Helena Friday to explore the potential of renewable resources.

Duration: 00:01:58


UM Faculty Members Receive Angry Email After Criticizing Football Coach

12/7/2017
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Several University of Montana faculty members who sent a letter criticizing the rehiring of Bobby Hauck as head football coach received an angry email today from an athletic department employee who was not authorized to speak for the department.

Duration: 00:01:14


Montana On Track For Over 4,000 Chlamydia Cases In 2017

12/7/2017
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Tonight we take a closer look at people impacted by the state’s most common sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia . The state health department says Montana is on track for over 4,000 cases of chlamydia by year’s end.

Duration: 00:04:34


Court Upholds Montana's Ban On Political Endorsement For Judges

12/7/2017
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A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana law that says judicial candidates cannot seek, accept or use political endorsements in their campaigns. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a U.S. District Court ruling that found Montana has compelling interests in an impartial and independent judiciary.

Duration: 00:01:04


Public Comment On Yellowstone Grizzlies Reopens After Wolf Ruling

12/6/2017
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Federal officials say they'll review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes . The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that it is seeking public comment on the court ruling given the possible implications for an estimated 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Duration: 00:01:42


ACLU Says Gallatin County Inmate's Detention Is Illegal

12/6/2017
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Human rights groups in Montana say a Gallatin County detention center is illegally holding a man at the behest of the federal government. Arturo Valerio-Gonzales was arrested earlier this year in Four Corners on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge.

Duration: 00:02:11


Colstrip Scores $10 Million To Transition Away From Coal

12/6/2017
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Regulators in Washington state have approved a major settlement with a utility that owns part of the Colstrip power plant. It includes $10 million to help Colstrip transition away from a coal driven economy. Colstrip’s biggest champion in the Montana Legislature says has mixed feelings about the money.

Duration: 00:01:20


In Montana, Gonorrhea Slowing, Syphilis Skyrocketing

12/6/2017
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Public health officials in Montana are hopeful that a rise in one sexually transmitted disease linked to the Bakken oil boom is starting to go back down.

Duration: 00:05:09


CWD Discovered In Second Montana Region

12/5/2017
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A Montana deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) Tuesday, far away from where previous cases in the state have been found. The deadly disease was found in a deer shot on November 12 in hunting district 401 in Liberty County near the Canadian border.

Duration: 00:01:08


No Widespread Voter Fraud In Montana Elections, Secretary Of State Says

12/5/2017
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Montana does not have widespread voter fraud in its elections system. That’s according to Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, now that he’s reviewed data he requested from Montana’s Clerks and Recorders Association.

Duration: 00:05:12


FWP Uncovers Origin Of Walleye Illegally Introduced To Swan Lake

12/5/2017
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Biologists with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks have traced the origin of two illegally introduced walleye discovered in Swan Lake. FWP announced Tuesday that researchers traced the fish back to Lake Helena by looking at their otoliths, or inner ear bones.

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Montana Green Groups React To Bears Ears Decision

12/4/2017
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Local environmental organizations are worried about what President Donald Trump’s decision on national monuments in Utah means for Montana's public lands.

Duration: 00:01:13


Fox Sues Drug Company For Aiding Opioid Abuse

12/4/2017
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Montana is suing the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma. Attorney General Tim Fox held a press conference today to announce a consumer protection lawsuit against the Connecticut-based company. Fox says Montana is joining over a dozen other states in alleging Purdue Pharma holds some of the blame for the rise in abuse of opioid drugs across the nation. Drugs like Perdue’s painkiller Oxycontin. “This company has gone to great lengths to conceal the dangers of their product," Fox said, "while...

Duration: 00:01:32

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