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Morning Newscast 04-29-16

MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

 Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, has died. He was 81.

Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill yesterday to fix the year-old Veterans Choice program that was supposed to help vets get medical care quicker, but isn’t working as planned.

University of Montana’s student newspaper, the Kaimin, says it will have to cut staff if it doesn’t get a proposed one-dollar fee increase students are voting on this week.

A $3 million endowment has been set up at the Museum of the Rockies in honor of renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who is retiring after 34 years.

A new audit says the state’s financial statements are error-free this time, unlike a year ago when an audit revealed scores of mistakes and cited a lack of internal controls that could have exposed the error sooner.

CenturyLink representatives gave Montana Public Service Commission an update yesterday on their work to improve inadequate phone service in several Montana communities.

A long-term program to monitor grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem continues this summer in Glacier National Park.

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