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PHOTO: A group of Montana parents has been visiting Walgreens stores around the state this week, asking that the company remove products from store shelves that have been shown to contain toxic chemicals. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Montana parents who also are members of Montana Conservation Voters are asking Walgreens stores around the state to remove products from their shelves that have been shown to contain certain toxic chemicals – confirmed by test results from HealthyStuff.org. "So many chem...Read More

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PHOTO: Women from around the state are gathering in Helena today and Saturday for the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute. Photo courtesy of Montana Women Vote.

HELENA, Mont. – Today kicks off the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute in Helena. Women from around the state will be discussing equal pay, domestic and sexual violence, LBGTQ concerns and issues in Indian Country. One workshop will offer advice on how Montana women can learn to ne...Read More

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PHOTO: The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to endorse the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which would add acreage to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex (pictured). Photo courtesy of Forest Service.

HELENA, Mont. – Support for the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act was unanimous Thursday at the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission voted to endorse the act, noting that the area offers some of the best wildlife habitat in Montana, as well as being home to working cattle ran...Read More

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PHOTO: Two Medicine in Glacier National Park is one of many areas that could see additional funding under a proposal by President Obama. Photo credit: National Park Service

HELENA, Mont. - Fans of Montana's National Parks are watching carefully as Congress puts President Obama's budget under the microscope this month. The president is proposing an increase of $55 million in the National Park Service budget for 2015, including $10 million as a "Centennial Initiative" to...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana State Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point) went to Washington, D.C. to discuss public lands issues. Photo credit: Center for Rural Affairs

WOLF POINT, Mont. – A Montana lawmaker who lives in the Bakken took constituent concerns to Washington this week. State Rep. Bridget Smith from Wolf Point joined other state lawmakers from the West in asking for more balance for public lands development. Smith says they specifically asked I...Read More

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PHOTO: A new index that tracks how kids are doing in Montana breaks it down by race and ethnicity. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - A new index that tracks how kids are doing in Montana breaks it down by race and ethnicity. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report tabulates milestones and situations connected with child well-being, such as preschool attendance, math and reading test scores, health, and neighborhood...Read More

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PHOTO: About 23,000 Montanans have enrolled for coverage in the health insurance Marketplace, and today is the final day to sign up, with some exceptions. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

BILLINGS, Mont. - This is deadline day for most Montanans to begin the sign-up process for the health-insurance requirement under the Affordable Care Act. About 23,000 Montanans have inked deals so far, according to Jen Gross at Planned Parenthood of Montana, who is a Certified Navigator for the Mar...Read More

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PHOTO: Recreation groups have sent a letter to Congress requesting they make it easier to form partnerships to tackle trail cleanup and repairs. Repairs are needed on nearly 75 percent of the trails. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Forest Service could dig out of its backlog of trail maintenance by tapping into Montanans' love of the outdoors. Recreation groups have sent a letter to Congress requesting that it make it easier to form partnerships to tackle trail cleanup and repairs - repairs that are need...Read More

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