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It's Thursday, September 12th. Today we have stories about lead, the PAX Good Behavior Game and an update on Montana's budget.

A woman in a red sweater and dress stands holding a book in front a classroom of second grade students.
Kay Erickson / Yellowstone Public Radio

This summer Montana received over $2 million dollars in federal grant money to train more teachers in the state in the PAX Good Behavior Game. Currently some 11-hundred teachers have been trained in this strategy to help elementary students learn skills that can help them intellectually and emotionally throughout their lives.

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The comment period on a proposal that would require all public schools in Montana to test faucets for lead ends Monday.

A new state revenue update says Montana’s rainy day and firefighting funds are looking flush as more money is coming in than projected. But a report from legislative researchers indicates the recent cashflow spike could be a temporary blip.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized the mother of three grizzly bear cubs Tuesday in the Seeley-Swan Valley after she became food conditioned. 14 grizzlies from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) have been euthanized this year, double the 10-year average.

dead elk
Musselshell County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

Poaching in Montana has doubled over the past 20 years, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Montana FWP investigates about 40 new cases of poaching each year.

A train ships pieces of pipeline materials.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Attorneys for the Trump administration want a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

A woman wearing jeans and a handgun hip holster
Paul Weaver / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Montana is one of 31 states that allow people to openly carry firearms without permits in certain public places. Until recently, that included stores owned by Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer.

It's Wednesday, September 11th. Today we have stories on vaping, feral hogs and guns in Walmart.

Montana health officials on both the statewide and local level are piecing together a puzzle. State epidemiologist Laura Williamson says "a handful" of patients have recently come forward with possible cases of severe lung disease. The case reports are coming from across the state. The one thread connecting them? All the patients have a history of vaping.

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