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Previous Headlines
POLITICS
Expense of Montana takeover of federal lands easily exceeds $500M
(And what Brett French fails to note in his report is that the only way a small-population state like Montana can handle that fiscal burden is to SELL THE LAND to private owners, which means it won't be public anymore.)
(Source: Montana Standard/LEE )

ALTERNATIVE NEWS
Happy Labor Day. Are unions dead?
An interview with Rich Yeselson, a labor strategist, author and expert in organized labor history.
(Source: The New Republic )

OP-ED
Montana's children deserve primary protection
This op-ed was written and published by the editorial board for The Billings Gazette.
(Source: Montana Standard/LEE )

BUSINESS
Labor commissioner says state on pace for record-breaking employment growth this year
Montana is ranked in the top five states for economic growth, according to the Department of Labor and Industry’s annual Labor Day report.
(Source: Flathead Beacon)

NATURE
Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze
Elizabeth Shellenbarger is a member of the Bitterroot National Forest Helitack.
(Source: The Missoulian )

ENVIRONMENT
Australian company buying up shares of Tintina
(Remember, Tintina is the mining company with plans to dewater the Smith River basin.)
(Source: Helena Independent Record)

BUSINESS
From scratch to startup in 54 hours
Glacier Startup Weekend, Sept. 19-21, will have participants create a working business in one weekend.
(Source: Flathead Beacon)

POLITICS
Senate candidate Curtis outlines plans to improve education
Amanda Curtis is running for Montana's open seat in the U.S. Senate and is a high school math teacher from Butte, Mont.
(Source: The Missoulian )

MONTANA
State sees savings as fires have only burned 5% of Montana's annual average

(Source: Billings Gazette)

ALTERNATIVE NEWS
Indians write here
The lede for Josh Wagner's feature: "In a small Montana town, William YellowRobe launches the nation's first center for Native American playwrights."
(Source: Missoula Independent)

REGIONAL
Feds to spend $3M defending women against violence in the Bakken
“The rapid growth of western North Dakota’s economy and population has also brought challenges, including crimes against women,” Sen. John Hoeven said in a prepared statement. “These grants are one of the law enforcement resources we’re working to provide for the Bakken, as well as a larger drug enforcement and FBI presence in the region.”
(Source: The Dickinson Press (AP))

MONTANA
Missing University of Montana student died in a car accident
Lucius Robbi, 21, was found in Custer County, Idaho, where his vehicle had slid down a steep, wooded embankment.
(Source: ABC News (VIDEO))

BUSINESS
Grain piles up as trains move North Dakota oil
(Rail officials say they have no preference for oil and coal, but anyone within sight of the tracks in Montana knows that's not true.)
(Source: The New York Times )

SUSTAINABILITY
Could this be solar energy's big moment?
Analysts are anticipating a 29% increase in U.S. solar installations in 2014 alone.
(Source: Time (VIDEO))

LIFESTYLE
Make-A-Wish Montana fulfills boy's dream of being a filmmaker in Hollywood
Alex Laas is a 12-year-old from Billings, Mont., with cystic fibrosis.
(Source: Billings Gazette (VIDEO))

LIFESTYLE
Former NPR reporters take lead journalism posts at University of Montana
(GREAT news for the future of journalism in Montana!)
(Source: The Missoulian )

ENVIRONMENT
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, advocates look to the future
The report by Tristan Scott is titled, "A Wild Idea."
(Source: Flathead Beacon)

OP-ED
Gazette opinion: Zinke flunks political courage test
(I can't help noting that the Gazette opinion is refreshing, considering an obvious, right-leaning bias by the publication's administrators.)
(Source: Billings Gazette (VIDEO))

HEALTH
New study: Montanan's access to health care among the nation's worst
The report by the Commonwealth Fund was published in July of this year and determined that only three states suffered less access to health care than Montana.
(Source: Montana Cowgirl (blog))

ALTERNATIVE NEWS
America keeps people poor on purpose: A timeline of choices we've made to increase inequality
The timeline was borrowed from the book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" by Hedrick Smith.
(Source: Yes! Magazine)

MONTANA
State's Livestock Department faces $400K shortfall, layoffs coming
Brand inspection fees and lab fees are going up, and an untold number of jobs will be terminated, or go unfilled, to cover the fiscal shortcoming.
(Source: NBC Montana (VIDEO))

POLITICS
Montana's 'refreshing' candidate for Senate 'needs more time' on big issues
Excerpt: "When asked her position on the situation in Iraq, Curtis told CNN, "Give me a little more time." On the border crisis, "I'll need more time, you know only 11 days ago I was painting my storm windows.""
(Source: CNN)

POLITICS
Bozeman set to host Montana's only political debate scheduled so far
(And still, the Daines campaign hasn't yet committed.)
(Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle )

SPORT
Nonresident hunting licenses fail to sell out for fourth year in a row
Nonresident hunting fees jumped up in 2010, following a ballot initiative.
(Source: Helena Independent Record)

LIFESTYLE
Bozeman company raises $50K for Butte documentary
Chisel Industries, in conjunction with state and local partnerships, surpassed its fundraising goal of $38,750 on its Kickstarter campaign, which ended Monday.
(Source: Montana Standard )

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