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Bills Would Boost Pay For Disability Service Providers

Montana continues to rank among the bottom states in the nation in providing services for people with disabilities , according to one new report. The findings were given to lawmakers Monday as they consider a slate of bills aimed at improving the situation.

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Butte Montana is famous. It was at one time the biggest city between Chicago and San Francisco. It’s in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and sits at the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, which flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Butte boomed and thrived for almost a century because of one thing: copper. Butte’s massive copper deposit was key to America’s success. The “Richest Hill on Earth” literally electrified the nation, and made the brass in bullets that won World Wars I and II. But in the 1980s, the last of the big mines shut down. Now, most of the riches are gone, and Butte is struggling.

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Ligurian Focaccia Is A Simple Way To Show Off Great Olive Oil

When "Food Guy" Greg Patent, who had been sitting on a bottle of Ligurian extra virgin olive oil - made with black Taggiasca olives and wrapped up to protect it from the ravages of daylight - discovered food writer Samim Nosrat 's Netflix series, " Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat ," serendipity struck in the form of Nosrat's recipe for Ligurian focaccia.

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Bill Would Require Testing of All Sexual Assault Kits in Montana

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Senate Bill 52 would require Montana crime labs to test all sexual assault kits collected from survivors.
UM Legislative News Service

HELENA — The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would require Montana crime labs to test all sexual assault kits collected from survivors.

Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, introduced the Senate Bill 52 before the committee on Tuesday.

A woman grocery shopping.
iStock

Montana is issuing February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments a couple of weeks early due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services typically issues SNAP benefits to 117,000 recipients during the first week of every month.

American Network of Community Options and Resources ranking of how well state Medicaid  programs serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
American Network of Community Options and Resources

Montana continues to rank among the bottom states in the nation in providing services for people with disabilities, according to one new report. The findings were given to lawmakers Monday as they consider a slate of bills aimed at improving the situation.

U.S. Supreme Court
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Montana's voter-approved limits on contributions to political campaigns in state elections, a decision that likely ends a legal challenge that lasted more than seven years and disrupted the 2012 governor's race.

The justices rejected an appeal from opponents of contribution limits, who argued that the caps on political donations are an unconstitutional limit on free speech and free association, and prevent candidates from running effective campaigns.

Former US Interior Boss Takes Job At Investment Company

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Ryan Zinke.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has gotten a job with a private investment company after leaving the Trump administration amid unresolved ethics investigations.

North Carolina-based Artillery One said Monday that Zinke has been hired as managing director and will pursue investing opportunities in energy, financial technology and cybersecurity.

A handgun magazine and bullet.
Flickr user Cerebralzero (CC-BY-NC-2)

A Missoula high school was placed on lockdown for about three-and-a-half hours Monday morning after a loaded handgun magazine was found in a school hallway.

Its companion firearm was not found with it.

Proposed Bill Aims To Expedite Missing Persons Reports

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Rep. Rae Peppers (D) - HD41
Montana Legislature

HELENA— The House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would allow any law enforcement officer in the state to file a missing child report as soon as a child is reported missing.

Bryan Lockerby, the administrator of criminal investigation for the Department of Justice, spoke in favor of the bill during the initial hearing on Monday. He said officers commonly get stuck in details of a case, like jurisdiction or whether or not a case is considered civil or criminal. Lockerby also said months have gone by before cases get properly processed.

Snowcoaches like this one require groomed, snow-covered roads to take tourists to attractions like Old Faithful inside Yellowstone National Park in winter.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

The coalition of businesses that are keeping access to most of Yellowstone National Park open during the federal government shutdown are reaching out for help.

"Yellowstone is a large, dynamic park, and it touches all the communities in our region, and any assistance that can be provided from all of our partners to help keep Yellowstone open would be wonderful for the park," says Mike Keller, general manager for Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone.

Butte Montana is famous. It was at one time the biggest city between Chicago and San Francisco. It’s in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and sits at the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, which flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Butte boomed and thrived for almost a century because of one thing: copper.

Butte’s massive copper deposit was key to America’s success. The “Richest Hill on Earth” literally electrified the nation, and made the brass in bullets that won World Wars I and II. But in the 1980s, the last of the big mines shut down. Now, most of the riches are gone, and Butte is struggling.

'Field Notes' Investigates Gizzard Grit

Jan 14, 2019
Ruffed Grouse
Flickr user tuchodi (CC-BY-2)

Afternoon sunshine was softening into twilight on a recent fall day as I drove with my family down a forest road in the mountains north of Missoula. We were heading home after a day of hiking and grouse hunting—and we had a blue grouse to roast for dinner. We rounded a bend to find a covey of seven ruffed grouse, milling about in the road and pecking at the gravelly surface. What were they doing?

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