Month Of May In Review

May 2016 YPR News stories 

In Montana, Medicaid's Uncertain Future Stirs Worry

May 31, 2017
(Flickr/Herry Lawford) (https://flic.kr/p/aF1xsr)

As one of the states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, more than 77,000 Montanans now have access to healthcare, and more than 11,000 of those with coverage are Native American.

KULR 8 News

Montana congressman-elect Greg Gianforte apologized to the newspaper reporter he was accused of assaulting and to Montanans after he was declared the winner in Montana’s open U.S. House seat.

“And when you make a mistake you have to own up to it,” he said. “It’s the Montana way.”


RTDNA

National media organizations, just last week, launched an effort to talk publicly about the role of journalists to hold elected officials and candidates accountable.

The effort was punctuated by the news Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte yesterday was charged with misdemeanor assault for "body slamming" a reporter. 

(Flickr/Cory Doctorow) (https://flic.kr/p/ehJgea)

Reaction in Montana and around the world to the Gianforte misdemeanor assault charge has been varied. 

California GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter speaking to the press Thursday on Capitol Hill said assaulting a reporter is not appropriate behavior "unless the reporter deserved it," according to a tweet posted by Associated Press reporter Mary Clare Jalonick. 

Montana Standard editor David McComber says he's not surprised by the level of vitriol against the media, and it's not a recent development.

Rachel Hergett

*Updated Thurs. 5/25 at 2:30 p.m. 

GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte faces misdemeanor assault charges for "body slamming" a reporter for The Guardian at his campaign headquarters last night, on the eve of today’s special election to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House Seat. He must appear in Gallatin County Justice Court by June 7. 

Crime reporter Whitney Bermes for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle first heard the assault report on a police scanner, as she was packing up to leave the newsroom and go home for the evening.

On The Road: Mary Kate Teske's 'Backseat Sessions'

May 24, 2017
(Dennis Rogers | Billings, MT) (http://www.dennisrogersphoto.com/)

People in the West love their vehicles. For 23-year-old artist Mary Kate Teske, her 1961 Dodge Lancer is basically her muse.

As Memorial Day weekend nears and folks hit the highways to abscond for a few days, the future of Teske’s Backseat Sessions remains unclear for the video series director and her classic car named Frank.

Jackie Yamanaka

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlined his priorities reflected in his budget during a conference call with reporters. On that list are issues important in the West – 


(Flickr/Creative Commons)(Seattle Police Department)

The Billings Police Department is gaging the interest of Downtown Billings business owners and supporters for a Seattle-based program that provides safe havens for the LGBTQ community. 

Jackie Yamanaka

High school students in Billings and Laurel are solving problems for astronauts.


Anne Helen Petersen/Anne Helen Petersen

Montanans are not the only ones interested in the upcoming special election. BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen recently wrote about what the nation ought to learn from the race to fill the state's lone House seat. She’s joined in conversation by YPR’s Brie Ripley.

  

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