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Kevin Trevellyan

Kevin is a UM Journalism graduate student and reporter for MTPR.

An attorney says a Montana man charged with assaulting a 13-year-old boy who refused to remove his hat during the national anthem at an event in Superior believed he was doing what President Donald Trump wanted him to do.

Wet thunderstorms expected to sweep western Montana through the weekend could provide wildland firefighters their best reprieve of the season yet.

Montana authorities say unidentified human remains have been found near the Continental Divide west of Helena. 

National Weather Service

Wet thunderstorms expected to sweep western Montana through the weekend could provide wildland firefighters their best reprieve of the season yet.

That includes those attacking the Horsefly Fire east of Lincoln, the Beeskove Fire east of Missoula, and the Snow Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Percentage of Suicides by Mechanism, Montana Residents, 2012-2016.
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

"Montana persistently ranks in the top three states with the most youth who die by suicide, and their method of choice is overwhelmingly guns."

So starts an article in the latest edition of Montana Business Quarterly, put out by economists at the University of Montana. MTPR’s Kevin Trevellyan asked the article's author Daphne Herling why she wrote it.

Tommy Martino, Kaiser Health News

On Monday, NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about Plains resident Sov Valentine, who received a bill of more than half a million dollars for 14 weeks of dialysis at a Missoula clinic.

Thursday, Fresenius, the dialysis company that sent him the bill, said they would waive it.

The Beeskove Fire north of Missoula on the evening of July 24, 2019.
Lolo National Forest

Updated 5:45 p.m., July 25.

The two-day-old Beeskove Fire in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area north of Missoula grew from less than an acre to roughly 35 acres overnight.

Several trails were closed today, including the main Rattlesnake Creek Trail, East Fork Rattlesnake Trail, Mineral Peak Trail, Rattlesnake Horse Trailhead and portions of the Sheep Mountain Trail.

Solar panels financed by a USDA grant on a farm Pennsylvania
USDA

The USDA has more than $400 million to spend supporting energy efficiency and green energy upgrades at farms and rural small businesses.

The Rural Energy for America Program offers grants, loans and loan guarantees for a range of projects, including installation of solar panels, anaerobic digesters and wind turbines.

A train hauls tanker cars full of oil.
iStock

Montana and North Dakota are petitioning the U.S. Department of Transportation to overturn a new Washington state law that could jeopardize rail shipments of crude oil from the Bakken region.

Susan Crystal is a deputy assistant secretary for the State Department.
U.S. State Department

A U.S. State Department official is in Missoula this week. The University of Montana has a sports exchange program with Peru. MTPR's Kevin Trevellyan talked about diplomacy in the age of President Trump with Susan Crystal, deputy assistant secretary for the State Department.

Montanans who buy individual health care plans through the federal government’s Healthcare.gov marketplace will pay less for it next year, at least partially due to a new state law.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale today announced that the three companies providing insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchange expect to cut average premiums on policies for individuals by 8 to 14% for 2020.

University of Montana economist Bryce Ward says that’s rare in a country where health care costs generally increase faster than inflation.

KEVIN TREVELLYAN / MONTANA PUBLIC RADIO

Rich Trumka, the president of the country’s largest union federation, the AFL-CIO, was in Montana for the state’s convention in Missoula last week. The federation represents many workers in Montana’s troubled coal industry. 

Trumka is a third-generation miner. The Pennsylvania native can’t accept that workers, like those in Colstrip, are getting squeezed out of their jobs.

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