Edward O'Brien

Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

A piece of war memorabilia spurred an investigation at Montana State University today. Montana State University Police cordoned off a campus parking lot after a defused explosive was discovered in a student’s car.

Montana Boy Scout officials say local scouting programs will continue uninterrupted despite the Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, filing for bankruptcy protection.

BSA urges victims to come forward after the organization filed for bankruptcy protection this week; the first step toward dealing with a barrage of sexual abuse lawsuits.

A man accused of threatening and intimidating Missoula public officials was arrested this week and made his initial court appearance Thursday.

It's a case of alleged harassment that’s forcing public officials to reexamine the delicate balance of freedom of speech and public safety.

Some Montana vape and e-cigarette retailers are once again squaring off with the Bullock administration over the state’s temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

This time they disagree on when it ends.

Talk about a comeback. Montana’s snowpack made significant gains last month, according to the federal government’s latest snowpack report for Montana. All river basins now report near to above-normal levels.

Western Montana’s winter is a paradox this year. On the one hand it’s been a season of near-record warmth. On the other, mountain snowpack currently ranges from normal to slightly above normal.

Winter, meanwhile, is about to throw another twist our way.

The Bullock administration Monday announced its plan to double the number of Montanans receiving community-based mental health care treatment over the next five years .

Some mental health care providers in the state are still stinging from nearly 3 year old state budget cuts.

The Montana University System is prohibiting all university-related travel to China until further notice. That announcement Friday as world health officials work to contain the spread of the emerging coronavirus outbreak.

Yellowstone National Park officials say a coyote attacked and injured a cross country skier on the morning of Tuesday, January 28.

A Washington state resident has been diagnosed with a new virus that has infected hundreds and killed six in China. Montana health officials are monitoring the situation, but say they’re not ‘overly-worried’.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a Seattle man is the nation’s first confirmed case of Wuhan coronavirus.

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