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University Of Montana School Of Journalism Rejects Conservative Cole Lecturer

For the first time in the tradition of the Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecture annual event, School of Journalism Dean Larry Abramson has objected to the lecturer Cole selected. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni called the School of Journalism’s decision “shameful,” especially for a journalism school teaching principles ensconced in the First Amendment.

http://missoulian.com/news/local/university-of-montana-school-of-journalism-rejects-conservative-cole-lecturer/article_f4b8740d-5588-5915-9ead-a862f605ff98.html

Great Falls Scores Low In LGBTQ Equality Report

Great Falls received 12 out of a possible 100 points by the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization in its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index report that assesses LGBTQ equality issues in 506 cities nationwide, giving the Electric City the lowest score of eight cities graded in Montana.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2017/10/19/great-falls-scores-low-lgbtq-equality-report/781603001/

 

Feds Cancel Grant For Paris Gibson Square, Funding For NeighborWorks Temporarily Suspended

Federal officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced that because of concerns regarding potential conflicts of interest, Paris Gibson Square is ineligible for a $27,927 community development grant recommended by the Great Falls City Commission.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2017/10/19/feds-cancel-grant-paris-gibson-square-funding-neighborworks-temporarily-suspended/781167001/

Whistleblower In Billings VA Clinic Faces Removal While Office Is Shut Down

A whistleblower at the Billings Veterans Affairs clinic revealed practices in the statewide dental system that caused care delays and risked patients’ health, a 2016 internal investigation found. The whistleblower, a staff dentist named Kelly Hale, has remained employed at the Billings VA clinic but hasn’t seen patients.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/whistleblower-in-billings-va-clinic-faces-removal-while-office-is/article_a86cd972-7677-5966-89e6-9a31830222f1.html

YNP To Replace Sewer Line Related To Arsenic Lawsuit

Yellowstone National Park will replace a stretch of sewer line sometime over the next two years in an attempt to solve arsenic problems that led to a lawsuit against the park last year. Yellowstone plans to remove 2,700 feet of clay sewer line near Mammoth Hot Springs and replace it with PVC pipe.

https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/ynp-to-replace-sewer-line-related-to-arsenic-lawsuit/article_ff6c0b93-120f-5e7d-bc42-17547b51ec09.html

BIA Backs Northern Cheyenne Council’s Vote To Remove President

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is supporting the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council’s decision earlier this month to remove the tribe’s president, who still maintains the controversial vote violated a tribal court decision.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/bia-backs-northern-cheyenne-council-s-vote-to-remove-president/article_16f1fcb5-c35c-514f-89e1-280416d97fb5.html

ACT Scores Decline Slightly In Montana

Standardized test scores for Montana high school juniors dipped last year, according to information released by the Office of Public Instruction. Last spring was the fourth year that all Montana juniors have taken the ACT, a college-readiness standardized test, and it was the second year the test will be used to meet federal testing requirements for high schoolers.

http://missoulian.com/news/local/act-scores-decline-slightly-in-montana-missoula/article_9ecc2f80-b56a-5884-a88b-1de4a5eb8d47.html

Conservation Group Calls Arby’s Elk Sandwich ‘Tone Deaf’ To Montana’s Game Farm Ban

The Montana Wildlife Federation sent a letter to the CEO of Arby’s on Tuesday criticizing the restaurant for offering an elk sandwich in three western locations, including Billings. Arby’s previously sold venison at five locations last year, using deer raised as livestock. Wild game cannot be commercially sold in Montana.

http://helenair.com/lifestyles/recreation/conservation-group-calls-arby-s-elk-sandwich-tone-deaf-to/article_605ab8d4-001a-5d7c-9245-d4b5f68853c6.html#tncms-source=home-top-story-1

Billings’ Two Higher Ed Science Buildings Could Receive $500K Infusion

Science buildings on the Montana State University Billing and Rocky Mountain College campuses could receive up to a half-million dollars total following an announcement Tuesday by Big Sky Economic Development. BSED agreed to match $100,000 in business contributions toward the MSUB project and $50,000 for the Rocky science building. Gazette Communicatios met the Rocky match with a $50,000 contribution, and Zoot Enterprises and Zootist Hospitalit, representing the Northern Hotel, announced $10,000 toward the MSUB facility.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/billings-two-higher-ed-science-buildings-could-receive-k-infusion/article_9e221712-6975-5600-b2f5-480f45b90e43.html

Grizzly Advocates Can’t Agree On What’s Best For The Bear

Last March, the federal government moved to remove roughly 700 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from Endangered Species Act protection and turn management over to state wildlife agencies. While that rule faces court challenges, federal and state bear managers are now considering the same delisting for about 1,000 grizzlies in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem between the Canadian border and Missoula.

http://missoulian.com/news/local/grizzly-advocates-can-t-agree-on-what-s-best-for/article_c713db4a-6c1f-5ff8-9e23-08e074bdc575.html#tncms-source=home-top-story-1


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