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A large painting called Many Blessing greets visitors as they enter the  Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College. The 7 to 8 foot canvas is a collaborative father/daughter effort and serves as the gateway of a new exhibit featuring Kevin and Sunny Sky Red Star.


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President Trump and members of Congress are trying to strike a deal over border security and the fate of undocumented immigrants under the DACA program. But on Wednesday a judge put a temporary hold on Trump’s plan to end DACA in March.

The president met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers before the ruling this week, including Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester.  He spoke with Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi after the meeting about border walls, weed, and his top priorities for 2018.

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When low-income people need help getting food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits, they often go to Montana’s public assistance offices. But at the end of this month, more than half of these offices will permanently close because of state budget cuts. This includes one in Livingston, which serves more than 300 people every month.

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State Senator Jen Gross of Billings wants participants at this year's Women's March to leave the event with mission. She says the lack of a "call to action" was a missed opportunity at the inaugural gathering last year at the state Capitol in Helena. In conversation with YPR's Jackie Yamanaka, Gross says she wants to channel the energy and enthusiasm people have after the event into action for change.


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Scammers are using the cold weather to prey on Montana consumers and businesses. The Better Business Bureau says it's had reports of imposters claiming to be from the local utility are threatening to turn off the power if they are not immediately paid in full.

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The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.

NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.

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Thanks to the 2017 Montana Legislature, it is no longer illegal to start up your vehicle and leave it running  unattended while the engine warms up.  It's a common sight during the winter.


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While coal production is down nationwide, a new report says it still brings a lot of money to Montana. 

Private contractors who take care of Montanans with developmental disabilities are losing state contracts due to Montana’s budget woes. This means many case managers across the state are losing their jobs, and small town service providers are grappling with how to provide care on a reduced budget.

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A very popular event in Helena held annually on the winter solstice is coming to Billings this year.

The Interfaith Solstice Service, known as Leaning Toward the Light,  is being put on by Jewish and Christian communities of Billings:  Congregation Beth Aaron, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Yellowstone County United Methodists.

The service will recognize how religious traditions lead toward light in this the darkest time of the year.

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