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Reservation-based Satellite Election Offices Help Native American Voters, Says Leaders

Early voting started today in Montana for the mid-term elections. Some Native American voters say the satellite election offices on the reservations will make it easier for them to exercise their right to vote.

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A major U.S. coal producer filed for bankruptcy Tuesday morning.

Westmoreland Coal Company operates five mines in Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico. They employ more than a thousand people.

Breastfeeding may help babies control their stress according to new research out of the University of Utah.

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A Texas federal judge just has declared unconstitutional a decades-old law that aims to keep Native American children within their own communities.

A class action lawsuit is alleging the U.S. Olympic Committee headquartered in Colorado Springs tolerated sexual abuse, exploitation and forced labor. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee is not specifically named as a defendant in the suit, but that could change as the suit moves forward. 

A federal judge has extended a temporary ban on grizzly bear hunting near Yellowstone National Park while he mulls the animal’s fate.

 


Teams of people from the Mountain West, including firefighters and Red Cross volunteers, have already been deployed to the East Coast in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

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As the saying goes “…you are what you eat,” but what you eat can be history.

Two researchers will be in Sidney, Montana this Saturday to meet with residents in the hunt for clues into the history of Roosevelt and Richland counties through the food of that area.

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The renovation of a 70-year old science building at Montana State University Billings took another step closer toward completion. The Montana Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the campus to spend just over $17 million dollars on the project before the regents joined students, donors and others for a ceremonial groundbreaking. 

Andy Smetanka holds a sign protesting the closure of Montana's biggest alternative weekly newspaper.
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Newspapers across the Mountain West have faced troubling times recently. There have been layoffs, budget cuts and, on Tuesday morning, Montana’s biggest alternative weekly was abruptly shut down by its parent company.

A leaked memo this week from the Interior Department shows Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give states more clout over wildlife management on public lands, unless it conflicts with federal law.

 


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A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled at 5:30 this evening for the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health building at MSU Billings. The project is to renovate and expand the current science building, originally built in the 1940’s.

The National Park Service is giving museums and universities across the country grants to return ancestral artifacts and human remains taken from Native American tribes over the years.

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Playlist #1922 Sept. 7, 2018

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“Pigmeat Is What I Crave”, Bo Carter, Legends Of The Blues vol. 1 (various artists), Columbia/Legacy Records, http://www.legacyrecordings.com

‘Salt Pork, West Virginia”, Louis Jordan, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Polygram Records

Thousands of registered voters in Montana may be receiving a poll soon in their mailboxes asking for their views on the candidates, elected officials, and some issues. The poll is co-sponsored by Montana State University and the Montana Television Network.

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