Montana Public Radio

Kevin Trevellyan

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

St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
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Providence Montana announced Wednesday it will break ground on a multimillion-dollar medical office building across from Missoula’s St. Patrick Hospital. Residents can expect to see construction crews in the vacant gravel lot at 600 W. Broadway this fall.

Water from the Clark Fork River floods onto Tower Street in Missoula, May 7, 2018.
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A slice of west Missoula will be under a flood watch from Tuesday morning until further notice.

Missoula temperatures are expected to hit the high 70s next week as the Clark Fork swells with snowmelt.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Kitsmiller says residents near Kehrwald Drive and the north end of Tower Street should prepare their homes in advance.

“I’m sure most of those people already have their sandbags ready. But if they don’t, right now and through the weekend is the time to get them set and try to redirect that water around their house," he says.

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A new emergency preparedness report shows Montana has made strides in recent years, but work remains to be done, particularly in health care.

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

Continuing a trend of climatic unpredictability this winter, Montana’s very dry March was followed by above-average April precipitation.

There were also a few warm spells last month, but Lucas Zukiewicz with the Bozeman-based Natural Resources Conservation Service says subsequent cool temperatures preserved much of Montana’s snowpack as we head into the heart of spring.

Providence Health and Services announced Wednesday that it is expanding behavioral health services in all nine of its primary care clinics in western Montana.
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Providence Health and Services announced Wednesday that it is expanding behavioral health services in all nine of its primary care clinics in western Montana.

The move means more licensed clinical social workers will work in clinics in Missoula, Stevensville, Florence, Ronan and Polson. They’ll work with primary care physicians to improve patient outcomes in the kinds of places most Americans typically don’t go for mental or behavioral health specialty care.

A divided Montana Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that allows advanced practice registered nurses to provide abortions while they challenge a state law that says only physicians and physician assistants can perform the procedure.

Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
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UK-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline today announced $100 million of new investment in its Hamilton manufacturing site.

The company said in a statement that it will expand its capacity to produce components used in several vaccines, including two that help prevent malaria and shingles.

NorthWestern Energy is outfitting 43,000 streetlights across Montana with new energy-efficient bulbs, as old, potentially hazardous fixtures are recycled.

Falling prices have made the LED streetlight bulb a cost effective option for NorthWestern, especially as manufacturers warn the utility that traditional high-pressure sodium lights might not be available much longer.

A sign from a Jan. 9, 2019 missing and murdered Indigenous women vigil in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Proponents of a proposed Montana bill meant to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women said Monday they now believe that it has been amended to become toothless.

As originally drafted, Hanna’s Act would have directed the state Department of Justice to hire a missing persons specialist to coordinate with local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement on cases. The idea being to improve response times by smoothing over jurisdictional issues.

Senate Bill 160 would allow current and former professional firefighters to file workers' comp claims for conditions they’re more likely to catch because of work, including several types of cancer as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
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A bill that would expand workers’ compensation for firefighters to include chronic diseases continues to make progress in the Montana Legislature, but not everyone thinks it will improve the system.

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