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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As the partial government shutdown stretches into its 34th day, many of the 13,000 federal employees in Montana who are furloughed or working without pay are looking for ways to bolster their income.

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A former writer for "The Tonight Show" uses comedy to speak about suicide and depression. YPR sat down with Frank King to talk with him about his experiences.

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Kayla Desroches:

You look like the pinnacle of what someone who wants to be a working comedian wants to be, but you've struggled with depression, suicidal ideation, so why does someone who seems to have success - why do they struggle?

Frank King:

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A potential gravel mine on a plot of land in west Billings has nearby residents and business owners concerned.

A construction company, FirstMark, is seeking permission to include a section of property zoned as agricultural in its plans for a gravel mine. The agricultural-zoned land makes up almost 40 acres of the roughly 117-acre property near Oscar’s Park and Yellowstone River.

Residents and business owners in the region are concerned about consequences of running a mine in the area.

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The Montana legislative session kicked off this month, and one group wants to make sure that young people are paying attention.

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Beef cattle born in other countries can still be labeled a product of the USA. Some Montana ranchers take issue with that.

A seminar tonight in Lewistown will address current and past labeling regulations.

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Three youth advocacy groups in Yellowstone County are pooling their resources.

Tumbleweed, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch are in the first few months of a pilot program.

Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s 15th birthday.

Scott’s body was found late last month just outside her community on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. She is one of many indigenous women and girls who have gone missing across North America in recent years.

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A Grammy Award-winning contemporary music chamber ensemble will drive into Big Sky, Montana next week to perform.

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Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s fifteenth birthday.

Scott’s body was found late last month near her community on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. She is one of many indigenous women and girls who have gone missing across North America in recent years.

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Just two weeks after a U.S. Senate hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women, the body of 14-year-old Henny Scott was found on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana.

She was one of countless indigenous women and girls who have gone missing in cities and rural communities across the United States and Canada. Many have not been found.

Henny Scott's body was found late last month, about three weeks after her mother last spoke with her.

On Saturday, her family held a funeral on the reservation.

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