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Maxine Speier

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Maxine is a UM Journalism School graduate student working on Montana news for MTPR.

Missoulians play soccer on a field in the Upper Rattlesnake on Wednesday, June 12, 2018.
Maxine Speier

The FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday, and in Missoula, people are preparing for another multinational soccer tournament this weekend.

Soft Landing Missoula is hosting its second annual soccer tournament Saturday at Fort Missoula in honor of World Refugee Day.

Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco (PD)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks responded to a report of a dead grizzly bear in the Coram area of Flathead County on Saturday. The male grizzly bear was estimated to be approximately two and a half years old. More details have not been released while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an investigation into the death.

PD

A 24-year old lawsuit over conditions at the Montana State Prison could finally be coming to a close Friday.

The ACLU of Montana and the state Department of Corrections are asking a judge to approve a settlement to address conditions at the prison for inmates with disabilities at a hearing in Missoula.

Alex Rate is the legal director for ACLU Montana.

"It’s an unfortunate reality that prisoners who are disabled face all sorts of barriers to accessing programs and accessing physical spaces," Rate said. "And that’s been the situation for many decades - not just at Montana State Prison, but across the country."

Montana VA Healthcare Facebook; Ted2Go

UPDATE: Due to mechanical issues, the "TED" truck will not be making its expected stop in Missoula on Friday June 8th. It will still be making its scheduled stops in Fort Harrison June 11th and Billings June 12th.

The Montana Veterans health care system is encouraging vets to try out telehealth services. This week and early next week it’s sending a special truck to three locations to demonstrate what’s possible.

Telehealth is healthcare provided remotely to patients using technology like computers and phones. Vets in Montana and across the country can and do get care using their home computers and personal phones, but not everyone knows how.

Zuri Moreno speaks at the launch of Free and Fair Montana campaign in Billings, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in this screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.
Screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.

A group called Free and Fair Montana is urging voters to oppose the so-called “bathroom ballot” initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender by which they live and identify.

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