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William Marcus

Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online.

Caitlin Copple

Does Missoula need faster and more affordable Internet service? That's the question a new study will seek to answer. With a 26-thousand dollar matching grant from the state,the city and county of Missoula are chipping in 13-thousand dollars each to fund a feasibility study of affordable extreme broadband service. City councilwoman Caitlin Copple chairs the council's economic development subcommittee. She believes superfast - and affordable - high speed Internet is an attractive recruitment tool for new business.

Pakistani energy officials visit PSC

May 22, 2013
Dan Boyce

Montana Public Service Commissioners Bill Gallagher and Kirk Bushman hosted a discussion Tuesday with high-ranking officials from Pakistan’s energy sector.

As we reported yesterday, Chronic Wasting Disease continues its push towards western Wyoming's winter elk feed-grounds and Yellowstone National Park. Tonight, Dr. Bruce Smith continues his discussion with Edward O'Brien with an explanation of why  CWD is so prevalent in states like Wyoming, while Montana - at least so far - remains unscathed.

Chronic Wasting Disease is creeping closer to western Wyoming's winter elk feed-grounds and Yellowstone National Park. A retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says this is something the public and policy-makers must pay close attention to.

Dr. Bruce Smith is a former senior biologist at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming and author of "Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd."

In the first of our two-part interview, Smith -a resident of Sheridan, Montana-  explains to Edward O'Brien the basic science behind C.W.D.

John and Sue Talbot

Missoulians John and Sue Talbot will receive Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters at the University of Montana commencement ceremony tomorrow.

Katrin Frye

Water temperature and the types of life it supports are some of the things scientists at the Flathead Lake Biological Station track to determine water quality in the Lake and its tributaries. The Bio Station has been monitoring water quality, and amassing information about the Flathead since its founding in 1899. But recently it went to the public to help cover costs.

Hundreds of Missoula high school students recently witnessed a mock scenario portraying teenagers involved in a devastating car crash; a crash caused by a drunk driver.
     The staged event portrayed everything that typically happens in its real-life equivalent.
     If you've been fortunate enough to have never been in a serious car accident, it was an eye-opening event. And that's just what organizers were hoping for.
     Edward O'Brien - along with hundreds of high school students at Loyola Field - was there and files this feature story...

Health officials are considering changes to the way the state operates Medicaid.

The 2013 Legislature approved rate increases to providers of Medicaid—the government health service for the poor.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says stakeholders are applauding some of the changes, but suppliers of medical equipment see a big problem.

Courtesy Fort Missoula Historical Museum

Fort Missoula has undergone several incarnations since it was built in the late 19th century. Tate Jones, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, has a new book out that gives a pictorial history of the fort.

In this feature interview, Jones talks with News Director Sally Mauk about that colorful history - everything from the fort's involvement in the Battle of the Big Hole to the internment of Japanese civilians during World War II. The fort was created in 1877.

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