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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. 

Guns, the GOP tax cut and the federal budget deficit were among the topics of discussion between the 3 candidates for the Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.  This was their first debate in advance of the November general election.

When visiting Yellowstone National Park or any parks in our region, there's a lot to consider. Will traffic be bad? What about the weather? Will I see elk, buffalo, maybe even a grizzly bear? And then there's something more basic. Will I be able to find a toilet that's clean, has toilet paper, and if I'm lucky, somewhere to wash my hands? You could be in for a surprise, since the park recently added squat toilets.

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Playlist #021 Sep. 21, 2018

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records

“Steppen In What?”, Johnnie Johnson, Johnnie B. Bad, Nonesuch Records, http://www.nonesuch.com

“Dog Bottom”, Chick Webb And His Orchestra, Spinnin’ The Web, Decca Records

“Dog Hill”, Terrence Simien, There’s Room For Us All, Black Top Records, http://www.terrencesimien.com

“Dog In The House”, Lou Wilson, Money Talks, Frontline Records

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Playlist #1923 Sep. 14, 2018

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

“In The Mood”, Glenn Miller, Big Band Bash (various artists), BMG Direct Marketing, http://www.glennmillerorchestra..com

A paper published this week reports that a recent fossil discovery in Central Utah is changing what researchers know about the emergence of large flowering trees both here in the Mountain West, and around the world.

Idaho and Utah voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid at the ballot this November. Those voters might want to look at a report out this week that assessed how the expansion of the federal health care program played out. 

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Two crime victim advocates were honored by Montana’s top law enforcement officials.  Michele Stewart and Erin Harris were recognized as outstanding advocates of the year for their work helping crime victims, including those on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations.

The National Park Service is donating more funds to preserve, restore and increase education about Japanese American internment camps scattered across the U.S.  Most of them are in the West. 

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Wildfires in the West can destroy homes and create a lot of really nasty smoke. But a new study from the University of Montana says it also helps grow some really great food for elk.

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A federal judge has restored Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park.

In his ruling, U.S. district court judge Dana Christensen said the federal government didn’t use the best available science when it removed the bears from the threatened species list last year.

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