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Spending by Candidates In Montana's U.S. Senate Races, 2000-2018. Data: opensecrets.org, fec.org
Corin Cates Carney

Outside Groups Spent Over $40 Million On Montana Congressional Races

The candidates for Montana's two contested seats in Congress this year, and their supporters, spent more than $76 million over the last two years in their election campaigns. The U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale brought in most of that money, making it the most expensive election contest in state history.

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Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, in far northeastern Canada
Nick Mott

Threshold S02 Episode Eleven: Life Is Too Hard Without Music

All across the Arctic, indigenous languages are on the decline. But in many communities, people are finding new ways to reclaim both language and culture. Join some Inuit rockers in northern Canada in the recording studio, singing in their own language and making their first new studio album in more than 30 years.

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'Pie And Whiskey: Writers Under The Influence' With Kate Lebo And Sam Ligon

Sam and Kate figured that good writing served with a slice of pie and a shot of whiskey would create an energized atmosphere uncommon at literary events. The contributors, drawn mainly from the west, but not exclusively, responded with surprising, funny, heartbreaking, fantastically written stories and poems. The book will include a smattering of pie recipes and whiskey-centric cocktails. Look here for tasty literary servings.

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The Many Uses Of Leeks And Potatoes

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Flickr user, Joy. (CC-BY-2.0)

Type "leeks" and "potatoes" into an Internet search engine and thousands of recipes appear, mostly for soup. After all, what's simpler than cutting up leeks and potatoes, adding water and salt, and cooking till they're tender, then blending? When it comes to these complementary vegetables, Food Guys Jon Jackson and Greg Patent are thinking beyond soup.

St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius Montana.
Loren T. Vine (CC-BY-SA-2.5)

Thirty one members of the Jesuit Order who served in Montana are on a list of those with “credible claims” of sexual abuse against them released on Friday.

The list from the Jesuits West Province includes 111 members from 10 western states that the Order says possibly or did abuse minors or vulnerable adults.

Kalispell has received $12.7 million in federal funds to expand a section of the Highway 93 Bypass outside of town.

The U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant will expand a two-mile stretch from two to four lanes and remove the roundabout at Foys Lake Road.

Spending by Candidates In Montana's U.S. Senate Races, 2000-2018. Data: opensecrets.org, fec.org
Corin Cates Carney

The candidates for Montana's two contested seats in Congress this year, and their supporters, spent more than $76 million over the last two years in their election campaigns.

The U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale brought in most of that money, making it the most expensive election contest in state history.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Courtesy Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare says the Montana Nurses Association released “blatantly false information” when it announced Wednesday it was filing charges against Kalispell Regional for allegedly violating federal worker rights laws.

Singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman.
Courtesy Beth Nielsen Chapman

Singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman has carved out a career of over two and a half decades writing hit songs for artists like Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler and many others, as well as creating a niche for her own recordings and performances across the country in those years. All of this while overcoming significant life challenges and losses.

But that only scratches the surface. "Musican's Spotlight" host John Floridis says one of the biggest challenges of this interview is to convey the real depth of Chapman's fascinating musical career.

Learn more about Beth Nielsen Chapman on this episode of  "Musician's Spotlight."

Mara Hanks

A nonprofit in Kalispell is trying to get a hundred people to sleep outside Saturday to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness.

Average Employee Premium Contribution Plus Average Deductible as Percent of Median State Income in 2017.
The Commonwealth Fund

A new report says that last year Montanans who got health insurance through their jobs still spend up to 11 percent of their incomes on premiums and deductibles.

Report co-author Sarah Collins with the non-partisan Commonwealth Fund says that can lead to people getting less health care, even though they have insurance.

Montana's outdoor recreation activities.
Outdoor Recreation And Montana's Economy report, Headwaters Economics.

A growing set of business owners, non-profits and agencies in Montana are trying to expand what we think of when we talk about the economic value of the outdoors here.

Marne Hayes is the executive director for Business for Montana’s Outdoors, a group that advocates for preserving Montana’s outdoor heritage. She says Montana itself — its rivers, forests and wide open spaces — offers a competitive advantage for attracting new businesses and a talented workforce to Montana.

Montana's 2018 infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
American Society of Civil Engineers

There’s been some improvement in Montana’s roads, bridges and other public works projects since 2014, but they’re still generally in mediocre shape. That’s according to a new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gave Montana a ‘C’ grade Thursday in its latest analysis of public infrastructure here.

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