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PHOTO: A new report card takes a look at reading proficiency for fourth graders in Montana and across the nation. Photo courtesy of ed.gov

MISSOULA, Mont. - There's a lesson about reading skills in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released today. It shows that most Montana fourth-graders are not reading at grade level, and it's even more likely children aren't on track when they're from low-income families. According t...Read More

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PHOTO: A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow as they get older and larger  instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow, as they get older and larger. Instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Study lead author Nate Stephenson is a fore...Read More

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FORSYTH, Mont. - A third-generation farming family in southeastern Montana has added their names to a letter to the U.S. Senate, asking for action to curb the effects of climate change. According to signer Jean Dahlman, who farms near Forsyth, her support for action, such as emissions standards for ...Read More

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PHOTO: A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Photo credit: USDA

RED LODGE, Mont. - A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Two groups are suing: Carbon County Resource Council (CCRC) and Northern Plains Resource Council. The BOGC said thos...Read More

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PHOTO: A blood donation can be a lifesaving gift, which is why the American Red Cross hopes people will take time out of their holiday schedules to visit a local blood center or blood drive. Photo courtesy NIH

BILLINGS, Mont. - At hospitals and clinics across Montana, the need for blood 'knows no season,' but donations tend to dry up as the year comes to a close. That's why the call has gone out to Montanans to roll up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift. According to Dan Fox, a communications manag...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Center for Rural Affairs finds that people living in small towns and rural areas are most likely to affected by the "Medicaid gap." Photo courtesy of CDC

HELENA, Mont. - Today is the deadline for applying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and because Montana did not accept federal Medicaid funding, thousands have fallen into what's being called the "Medicaid gap." Jon Bailey, director of rural policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, did ...Read More

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PHOTO:The U.S. Senate floor is the next stop for the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act from Montana Senator Jon Tester. Photo courtesy of USDA

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. – A few more tweaks and a big success for the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and its sponsor, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana. The bill cleared a Senate committee this week and is headed for the Senate floor. It requires more logging and forest restoration, along with wi...Read More

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PHOTO: State Sen. Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman) has signed a letter supporting the President's National Climate Action Plan, one of 43 elected officials in Montana who have signed. Photo courtesy of Montana Legislature.

BILLINGS, Mont. - More than 40 public officials in Montana have added their names to a list of several hundred colleagues around the country in support of the President's National Climate Action Plan. The letter highlights energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate adaptation, and carbon pollution...Read More

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