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Voters at the Missoula County ballot drop-off center, May 23, 2017.
Eric Whitney

Federal Grant Funds Montana Election Security Updates

Montana is preparing to replace its more than decade-old voter registration system as part of a federal grant program to improve election security. However, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says not all those improvements will be in place ahead of the 2018 midterms.

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'Threshold' Season Two Explores Climate Change In The Arctic

The ice is melting, the polar bears are in trouble – but what about the 4 million people who call the Arctic home? The award-winning podcast & public radio show, Threshold , brings you stories about people adapting to a quickly changing world. It breaks down complex science, weaves in culture and history, and illuminates what’s at stake – for all of us – if the Arctic crosses a series of thresholds.

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Nathan East: You're Been Listening To Him For Years Without Knowing It

Just two years after he'd taken up the bass guitar, sixteen-year-old Nathan East found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming, and for more than forty years, East has been holding down the bass on hit songs with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Daft Punk.

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Cathy Price retired to Anaconda ten years ago, and decided to get tested for lead and arsenic. September 14, 2018.
Nora Saks

Over the weekend, the federal agency that investigates human health risks at Superfund sites offered free lead and arsenic testing in Anaconda. They collected blood and urine samples from two hundred willing locals. The tests will reveal if they’ve recently been exposed to dangerous amounts of heavy metals, and how.

Yellowstone Park's Ear Spring erupts, September 15, 2018.
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is reporting new thermal activity, including a rare eruption of Ear Spring.

The activity is in Upper Geyser Basin, on the other side of the Firehole River from Old Faithful.

Governor Steve Bullock speaks at a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula, September 19, 2018.
Edward O'Brien / MTPR

Governor Steve Bullock told county government leaders Wednesday that a ballot initiative to increase Montana’s tobacco tax is the right thing to do for basic health-related reasons.

On Wednesday, Bullock warned a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula of dire consequences if voters don’t approve Initiative-185.

Mental health services.
Flickr user Publik15 (CC-BY-SA)

 

Organizations that provide care for people with mental health problems in Montana say they’ve reached an agreement with the state health department to redesign a big portion of the system they work in. 

Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Montana’s wildfire season is slowing down and trending well below average in the number of fires, acres burned and cost to the state.

The forecast of the state’s 2018 fire bill is only a sliver of the cost of last year’s historic fire season, according to a report from legislative researchers published Wednesday

A poster for Darlene Billie, who went missing in October 2017.
LuCinda Marie Michel, Facebook


The remains of a woman from the Flathead Reservation who’s been missing since last October have been identified by a North Dakota sheriff’s office. 

President Donald Trump signed a bill sponsored by Senator Jon Tester Monday that will give additional resources to treat veterans in the criminal justice system across the country.

Tester served as chief co-sponsor of the “Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act,” which passed the Senate unanimously in February of this year.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R).
Rosendale: Corin-Cates-Carney / MTPR

MontanaPBS will host a U.S. Senate candidate debate this fall. On Saturday, September 29 in Missoula, Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester and Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale will discuss issues as they face off for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Methane flaring.
WildEarth Guardians (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Tuesday, two states announced they’re suing the Trump administration just hours after it announced sweeping rollbacks of Obama-era regulations on methane pollution from oil and gas production.

Attorneys general from California and New Mexico filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in California over the rule revision just hours after it was announced by the U.S. Interior Department.

The ice is melting, the polar bears are in trouble – but what about the 4 million people who call the Arctic home? The award-winning podcast & public radio show, Threshold, brings you stories about people adapting to a quickly changing world. It breaks down complex science, weaves in culture and history, and illuminates what’s at stake – for all of us – if the Arctic crosses a series of thresholds.

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