The Worm

Weekdays at 7:00 AM

The Worm is a daily news podcast for early bird listeners. Host Jess Sheldahl rounds up stories from the newsrooms of Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Public Radio. Available online and on podcasting apps by 7 A.M. weekdays.

It's Thursday, August 22nd. Today we have stories about why 12,000 Billings voters won't get their ballots tomorrow, bison and bear spray.

It's Wednesday, August 21st. Today we have stories about how the University of Montana says it's addressing its challenges, grizzly bears and Miss Crow Nation.

It's Tuesday, August 20th. Today we have stories about possible elk poaching, hundreds of special hunting tags sold in Libby and lead in a Montana school's water.

It's Monday, August 19th. Today we have stories about Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears, an update on children removed from the Ranch for Kids in Rexford and Montana Governor Steve Bullock's goals for the historic presidential forum for Native Americans this week.

It's Friday, August 16th. Today we have stories about West Nile Virus, which has been detected for the first time this year in mosquitoes in Montana, plans to clean up groundwater contaminated by toxic coal ash at the Colstrip power plant and the problems that have plagued the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center for years.

It's Thursday, August 15th. This morning we have stories about new fishing regulations on the Flathead River, the $275,000 grant awarded to Montana communities for infrastructure and the first court appearance of a man from Superior accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy who the suspect felt disrespected the national anthem. 

It's Wednesday, August 14th. Today we have stories about the expanded area where cattle producers are required to vaccinate animals at risk for brucellosis, changes to the Endangered Species Act and Steve Daines' reaction to the Trump administration's pick to head the bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley.

It's Tuesday, August 13th. This morning we have stories about Montana State University police officers' annual active shooter training, the hail storm that hit Billings and other parts of Montana on Sunday and Montana's Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines' apperance yesterday at a Missoula luncheon.

It's Monday, August 12th. Today we have stories about the final deal for the Butte Superfund site, Flathead Lake and how it continues to defy the odds as a healthy blue body of water that's free of invasive mussels and the second meeting of Montana's Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. 

It's Friday, August 9th. We have stories about a new physical therapy center in Billings, a federal lawsuit about how the FBI handled a Crow man's murder and new data released from a survey of Montana voters and what it reveals about the state's political divides.