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Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale meets with the Montana Grain Growers Association in Great Falls, MT, August 21, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

Rosendale Backs Trump Trade Policies; Montana Farmers Are Skeptical

Republican Matt Rosendale says Montana farmers stand with him in supporting President Trump on trade issues. But Montana grain trade executives he spoke to Tuesday were unsure if Trump’s hard line stance on trade will end up helping their industry.

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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein On Montana Public Radio

The energetic and thrilling sounds of American composer Leonard Bernstein have influenced much of our listening experience and music-making today. Join MTPR August 20-26 as we commemorate the 100th birthday of the composer, conductor, performer, educator, and humanitarian. Bernstein 100 Week schedule on Montana Public Radio:

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Leonard Bernstein?

We're celebrating the life and music of Leonard Bernstein on MTPR this week. How well do you know Bernstein? Take our Leonard Bernstein quiz to put your knowledge to the test.

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The view toward Glacier Park's Stanton Mountain obscured by smoke, with Lake McDonald in the foreground, August 21, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet


In Glacier National Park the Howe Ridge Fire is now estimated at more than 11,000 acres. Despite continued growth, though, fire managers say they’re making good progress shoring up protections along Going-To-The-Sun Road.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale meets with the Montana Grain Growers Association in Great Falls, MT, August 21, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

Republican Matt Rosendale says Montana farmers stand with him in supporting President Trump on trade issues. But Montana grain trade executives he spoke to Tuesday were unsure if Trump’s hard line stance on trade will end up helping their industry.

Montana absentee ballot.
Eric Whitney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a state judge's decision to remove Montana Green Party candidates from the November ballot.

The justices issued the order Tuesday and said they'd file their written opinion later. Thursday is the deadline for the Secretary of State's Office to certify general election ballots.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks at the state Capitol in Helena, August 21, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Governor Steve Bullock is standing by his comments over the weekend that he'd support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons such as the AR-15 rifle.

“When I view an assault weapons ban, it’s sort of a military, semi-automatic, typically removable clips, a magazine of 10 or more - it's like the AR-15s,” he said.

Grizzly bear.
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  The public comment period for a new rule for the management of grizzly bears by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks begins on Friday, August 24. 

U.S. Supreme Court
PD

Montana’s senior U.S senator continues to reserve judgement on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now making the rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of his September confirmation hearings.

Democratic Senator Jon Tester says he hoped to have met with the judge by now.

Power plant at Colstrip, MT.
Beth Saboe, MontanaPBS

The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced plans to scale back restrictions on coal-fired power plant emissions.

The Trump administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” rule increases states’ authority to decide how – and how much – to regulate coal power plants.

We're celebrating the life and music of Leonard Bernstein on MTPR this week.

How well do you know Bernstein? Take our Leonard Bernstein quiz to put your knowledge to the test.

A helicopter flies near the Shellrock Fire NE of Helena Montana, August 15, 2018.
Inciweb


A new study says that less summer precipitation, and longer summer dry spells, are major drivers of increased wildfire activity in the western U.S. It’s contrary to previous understanding that warming temperatures and earlier snowmelt are the only factors in bigger wildfire seasons.

Rep. Greg Gianforte meets with Montana tech-industry reps in Missoula, August 20, 2018.
Edward O'Brien

High tech executives in Missoula told Congressman Greg Gianforte that finding qualified labor, and the cost of health coverage are among their biggest challenges.

Gianforte invited a handful of representatives from Montana’s growing high-tech industry to meet with him Monday.

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