Kayla Desroches

Kayla Desroches reports for Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and stayed in the city for college, where she hosted a radio show that featured serialized dramas like the Shadow and Suspense. In her pathway to full employment, she interned at WNYC in New York City and KTOO in Juneau, Alaska. She then spent a few years on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, where she transitioned from reporter to news director before moving to Montana.

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A new report says Montana could save money on Medicaid by providing housing and support services to homeless people.

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A federal program designed to fight regional drug activity has received a significant boost in federal funds over the past couple of years.

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Vice President Mike Pence was in Billings today to hear from local leaders and those fighting addiction about the real-world effects of methamphetamine in Montana.

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Sections of Billings will be shut down Wednesday during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the methamphetamine epidemic with Sen. Steve Daines.

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Several airports in Montana will receive a portion of around $3 billion in federal grant money.

Fort Benton airport in Chouteau County in central Montana will get more than a $1 million in Federal Aviation Administration grant money this year and West Yellowstone Airport in Gallatin County will receive about $400,000.

West Yellowstone Airport runs through the summer and supports the area’s growing number of tourists, which is just shy of 577,000 so far this year.

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The Montana Department of Agriculture has extended its application deadline for farmers interested in planting industrial hemp.

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Northern Cheyenne tribal leadership and partners are striving to find solutions to unemployment from within the community.

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Schools in Belgrade, Montana were put under a shelter-in-place order today while law enforcement investigated a video threatening violence toward students.

Belgrade High School remained under the order until 4 p.m.  A precautionary shelter-in-place order for Belgrade Middle School and Saddle Peak and Heck Quaw elementary schools was lifted at 3:30 p.m. and students were released at normal times.

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The NPR Student Podcast Challenge inspired thousands of students across the country to submit, and one student at Clancy Elementary School in central Montana inspired his teacher to take the challenge a step further.

Seventh-grader Jack Johnson’s entry focuses on prejudice and discrimination in Montana and mentions one incident in particular.

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NPR’s recent Student Podcast Challenge received entries from 25,000 students across the country. That includes a group of fifth graders from Crow Agency in southeast Montana.

NPR announced its student podcast finalists earlier this month, and while the Crow Agency students didn’t win, NPR host Rachel Martin gave their submission a nod in a segment about standout entries.

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