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Previous Headlines
BREAKING NEWS...
3-year-old shot and killed near Ronan, Mont.
The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
(Source: Missoulian)

POLITICS
Navy hasn't released Zinke's military records yet
The largest call for the release of the U.S. House candidate's full military records is coming from, ironically, another former Navy SEAL and self-described "conservative Republican."
(Source: Billings Gazette/LEE )

NATURE
Today's solar eclipse: What Montanans should know (if the clouds break for viewing)
The eclipse is scheduled for 2:58 p.m.
(Source: KBZK)

MONTANA
State's largest landowners keep expanding
(I thought this might just be rich-bashing, and then I saw the map of the Wilks brothers' property.)
(Source: Helena Independent Record )

MONTANA
Montana applies for $40M pre-kindergarten grant
The funds would be spent to improve pre-K educational opportunities in 16 Montana communities, 8 of them on the Indian Reservations.
(Source: Montana Standard/AP )

MONTANA
Colorado man pleads guilty in murder of Sidney teacher
Sherry Arnold, 43, was kidnapped and killed in January of 2012.
(Source: Reuters)

NATION
Montana among just three states denying gay unions
Kansas, South Carolina, and Montana are the last hold-outs for gay marriage bans.
(Source: Flathead Beacon/AP )

REGIONAL
Mike and Marvin, together for 30 years, married Tuesday in Wyoming
The state's century-old same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal judge.
(Source: Billings Gazette/LEE)

LOCAL
Witness in 'dark money' case says Wittich underpaid cost of mailings

(Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle )

HEALTH
MSU: Unlikely that boy's fatal spider bite came from brown recluse
(CAUTION: The primary grounds used to dismiss the brown recluse are anecdotal, because the spider is not native to Montana. But at the end of a warm summer, after a few hundred thousand delivery trucks came into the state from south of Montana, it's very possible that such a spider could be present, right?)
(Source: Helena Independent Record/LEE )

POLITICS
Natural resources, agriculture focus of Curtis, Daines debate in Sidney
(And somehow, an area populated by beneficiaries of the farm bill, who demand help from the state government to fix the horrific problems of the Bakken, somehow they still rally around Daines's "less government," anti-Obama slogans.)
(Source: Missoulian/LEE )

NATURE
Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness
A couple notes: the article focuses on Maine and Michigan, which is refreshing. Also, the writer is somewhat defensive that she might characterized as a big-city know-nothing, but this Montana subsistence hunter shares much of her perspective and ethics.
(Source: Washington Post )

POLITICS
U.S. House candidates debated Tuesday in Great Falls
Unlike the usual debate format, this venue allowed the public gallery to cheer and cajole.
(Source: Great Falls Tribune )

SUSTAINABILITY
Field-to-Fork photo essay
(The farm is located in Washington state, but I'd like to see a whole new crop of these in Montana, too.)
(Source: Yes! Magazine )

ALTERNATIVE NEWS
Outside corporate interests are trying to shift the balance of the Montana Supreme Court. Here's what that means for drilling on the Beartooth Front.
The author notes a "disturbing development (where) a political action committee from Washington, DC is using corporate money raised outside Montana to turn this into a campaign designed to drive a clear partisan agenda."
(Source: Preservethebeartoothfront.org)

ENVIRONMENT
Yellowstone to Yukon initiative celebrates 20 years of conservation accomplishments
By Rob Chaney.
(Source: Missoulian/LEE )

POLITICS
Curtis attacks Daines in U.S. Senate debate; Republican criticizes Obama
The Charles S. Johnson report summarizes the candidates' positions on a few primary topics including the GOP's federal government shutdown of 2013 and natural resource management.
(Source: Missoulian/LEE )

BUSINESS
Montana's unemployment rate down to 4.6%

(Source: Montana Standard/LEE )

SUSTAINABILITY
Judge strikes down Montana's exempt-well rule
The Montana Department of Natural Resources director said that there are about 110,000 exempt wells in the state.
(Source: Great Falls Tribune/AP)

REGIONAL
Sour new twist in Calif.'s epic drought; some water supplies spoiled by fracking
The California State Water Resources Board issued a letter to the EPA reporting that about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater seeped into the state's aquifers.
(Source: Truth-out (VIDEO))

LOCAL
Another family of black bears in Livingston
Six bears have been reported in the area of the southwest Montana town in the last three weeks.
(Source: Livingston Enterprise)

ALTERNATIVE NEWS
Coal and corruption
"Drowning in the devil's excrement."
(Source: Nation of Change)

POLITICS
U.S. House candidates to meet Tuesday night for final debate
"Democrat John Lewis, Republican Ryan Zinke and Libertarian Mike Fellows are set to debate at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Heritage Hall on the Great Falls College Montana State University campus," the AP report states.
(Source: Flathead Beacon/AP)

POLITICS
Curtis, Daines to square off tonight in only televised debate
Beginning at 6 p.m. and expected to last one hour, the debate will be broadcast live on Montana Television Network stations, public television, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Public Radio.
(Source: Ravalli Republic )

HEALTH
Domestic violence: One survivor's story
“Before I thought he’d just hurt me bad," Laura said. "Then I realized he’d kill me."
(Source: Montana Standard )

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