Montana Public Radio

Megan Myscofski

Megan is a reporter and Morning Edition host who came to us in 2019 from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Her academic career focused on audio, business and economics reporting.

Text on vintage black sign "Come in we're open" in cafe.
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Another lifeline is coming for the restaurant industry. The Small Business Administration announced this week that it will soon begin taking applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund program, which was established by U.S. Congress as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Montana produce sits on a table at the Reimagining School Lunch test kitchen on March 28th, 2021. The recipe testers use local ingredients like these to test recipes for potential school lunch meals.
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Farmers and educators in the Bitterroot Valley are researching how to make a healthier and more local school lunch. The two-year research project in Hamilton wraps up this spring.

The Department of Transportation is set to install new "low-noise" rumble strips on Western Montana highways this spring.

Missoula District Construction Engineer John Schmidt says drivers will hear and feel them just the same, but "The people outside the vehicle will experience less noise. It's an added benefit to neighbors."

Illustration showing a mobile phone, the COVID-19 virus and the words 'fraud and scam'
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The Federal Trade Commission reports fraud is booming in the pandemic. Advocates for seniors say older Montanans are especially at risk.

Illustration showing greetigns written in many languages.
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A decades-old "World Language Day" at the University of Montana is now reaching more high school students across the state in a new online format during the pandemic.

As film and TV-show production become more common in Montana, lawmakers are already seeking to expand a new tax incentive and encourage the industry to plant firmer roots in the state.

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched an online portal Friday where venues closed by the pandemic can apply for grant money. 

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is open to operators of movie theaters, live performing arts organizations, relevant museums, zoos and aquariums and others. 

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Missoula County will receive federal funding through a land trust to help subsidize affordable housing. The Montana Department of Commerce announced this week that Trust Montana, a community land trust organization, will receive $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help bring home ownership into reach for new, low-income buyers.

Eddie Cotton Jr. at the Montana Folk Festival, July 12, 2019.
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The Montana Folk Festival in Butte has been postponed for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. Festival Director George Everett said that although it is hard to predict the future, summer music festivals in July don’t seem to be in the cards for 2021.

Missoula County Mulit-family Apartment Unit Costs 2020
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A commercial real estate firm in Missoula has released a new analysis saying population, income and rent prices all rose in the county in 2020. Analysts say that it will take time for the housing market to catch up.

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