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Gender pay gap
11:38 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Montana women have more education but make less money, than Montana men

Credit singlemindedwomen.com

Montanans are more likely to be poor, compared with the rest of the nation, and women are more likely to be poor than men. That's just one of the sobering facts contained in a new report on the status of women in Montana, summarized in the winter issue of the Montana Business Quarterly.

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Anzick Artifacts
10:33 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ancient human remains from Montana ancestor of most Native Americans

Replicas of artifacts found at the Anzick site, near Wilsall. the Montana Historical Society has the entire collection of original artifacts on display,
Credit Dan Boyce

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

Scientists unveiled the new research published in the journal “Nature” at the Montana Historical Society in Helena on Wednesday. Remains of the so-called “Anzick boy” show a direct lineage with most native peoples in North, Central and South America.

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Conrad Mansion
9:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Why Kalispell first said "no" to owning the historic Conrad Mansion

Conrad Mansion, recent photo.
Karen Weyer Photography

Kalispell’s Conrad Mansion Museum is an east side institution, built by a city founder. School children take field trips there, brides have their pictures taken in the summertime gardens, and visitors from around the world take the tour. This year marks 40 years since the city took possession of the Mansion.

But, Conrad Mansion Museum Director Gennifer Sauter says Kalispell was not eager to take on the mansion at first.

Sauter described a picture of the home when the city first took charge of it.

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Commentary - February 12th, 2014
2:32 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

In Praise of Public Schools

What do these seminal Americans, Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, Horace Mann, Frederick Douglass, John Adams, and Susan B.

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Farm Bill
2:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

MT Farmers Union says Farm Bill not perfect, but helps farmers and ranchers

Credit Montana Farmers Union

The Farm Bill is now the law of the land, garnering unanimous support from Montana Senators Baucus and Tester and Representative Daines. We thought we'd take a few moments to get local reaction to the measure that was years in the making.

Chris Christiaens is lobbyist and Projects Specialist for the Great Falls-based Montana Farmers Union.
      Christiaens tells Edward O'Brien the Agricultural Act of 2014 isn't perfect, but provides certainty to farmers and ranchers as they head into this next year of planning, planting and applying for those all-important operating loans.

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Mountain West Voices
11:44 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The Last Leaf

 

02/12/2014 - 99-year-old Bonnie Preikszas shares stories of life as a rural Montana schoolteacher in the 1930's.

https://www.prx.org/pieces/92256-the-last-leaf

Commentary - February 11th, 2014
11:06 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Work Comp – You Can Help

Workers' compensation, pretty boring stuff, until you need its benefits.  So, this is for all you workers out there – from desk jockeys and burger flippers, to firefighters – and for you employers who want the best for your workers.  What do you do if you are injured on the job and are unable to work for several weeks, months or years?  How will you keep a roof over your head, make your car payments, buy clothes for your kids or put food on the table?  If you are like most Montanans, you would have to rely upon the Workers' Compensation system. 

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Wednesday Special
9:34 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The Unconventionals - UNREAL Candy

2/19/2014 - Join us for an in-depth interview with Unreal Candy founders Michael and Nicky Bronner as we discuss their quest around the globe to find chefs to “Unjunk the world.” The intiative to question the standards of candy shelf life and how celebrities such as Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Brady all got involved in the cause.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/103457-unreal-candy

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Fiction
6:48 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Loggers, Big Trees, and Pacific Northwest Indians

Temple Grove, a novel by Scott Elliott

During this program, Scott Elliott talks with TWQ producer Chérie Newman about his novel Temple Grove, which includes environmental, mythological, and American Indian themes. He also reads a passage from the book.

About the novel:

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AP Classes
5:38 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Advancement Placement High School classes growing in popularity

Helena High teacher Ryan Schulte conducts his AP American History class on Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

The number of Montana High School students taking Advanced Placement classes fell slightly in 2013, but the overall trend is up considerably in the last ten years.

Statistics released Tuesday by College Board, the non-profit which runs the AP program, shows about a two-percent decrease in students leaving high school having taken an AP exam between the class of 2012 and 2013.

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