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Abortion bans skirt a medical reality: For many teens, childbirth is a dangerous undertaking

BY: - October 15, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Maryanna’s eyes widened as the waitress delivered dessert, a plate-sized chocolate chip cookie topped with hot fudge and ice cream. Sitting in a booth at a Cheddar’s in Little Rock, Maryanna, 16, wasn’t sure of the last time she’d been to a sit-down restaurant. With two children — a daughter she […]

Adult-use marijuana sales now legal in Great Falls city limits following judge’s ruling

BY: - October 13, 2022

Great Falls must now allow adult-use marijuana sales within city limits, a district court judge ruled earlier this week. In June, owners of Green Creek Dispensary sued the city, arguing Great Falls contradicted new measures passed by the Legislature in 2021 by not processing a certificate the business needed to operate and claiming it went […]

Montana State Library Commission votes to accept new, slightly altered logo

BY: - October 12, 2022

The Montana State Library Commission voted 4-2 on Wednesday to adopt a new logo featuring a prism design and colors similar to an earlier rejected proposal that proved controversial to some for resembling the Pride flag. At the meeting, commissioners generally praised the new design despite the controversy it had caused earlier and ensuing delay. […]

Welcome to a place that has more volcanoes than Yellowstone National Park

BY: - October 11, 2022

Africa is best known for big things, including Earth’s largest desert (the Sahara), longest river (the Nile), and largest land mammal (the African elephant). Mount Kilimanjaro volcano in Tanzania, celebrated in Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and later in The Lion King series, is also Africa big. It’s the highest mountain on the continent […]

His grandmother was forbidden to speak Lingít in school. Now, school is helping him reclaim it.

BY: - October 11, 2022

The class assignment was to write a letter to anyone they wanted. In Lingít. Eechdaa Dave Ketah chose his late grandmother, the person who spoke Lingít to him when he was growing up in Ketchikan. “And I was telling her that it’s hard learning the language at this point in my life, and one thing […]

Mental health crisis teams aren’t just for cities anymore

BY: and - October 10, 2022

NEWTON, Iowa — Jeff White knows what can happen when 911 dispatchers receive a call about someone who feels despondent or agitated. He experienced it repeatedly: The 911 operators dispatched police, who often took him to a hospital or jail. “They don’t know how to handle people like me,” said White, who struggles with depression […]

Sports programs in northern states face new opponent, scorching Septembers

BY: - October 9, 2022

BIGFORK, Mont. — On a recent afternoon, it was a crisp 70 degrees on the football field at the high school in this northwestern Montana community less than 200 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. Vikings head coach Jim Benn was running his team through drills in the pristine fall weather, without much interruption. Just […]

Violin virtuoso plays Billings, bringing an instrument with a mysterious past

BY: - October 8, 2022

Violinist Kim Chee-Yun’s favorite part of her violin is the deep, dark rich tones that she said sound nearly identical to that of a cello, if you close your eyes. But the sound isn’t the only thing about her violin that has a deep and possibly dark past. Throughout almost her entire career, Chee-Yun has […]

Montana State Library Commission to vote on new logo design

BY: - October 4, 2022

The Montana State Library Commission will consider a new logo design after rejecting a similar design in August. The new design’s color scheme incorporates colors from the Montana state flag, according to a memo from the rebranding subcommittee to the commission on the new design, and keeps the original open hexagon shape and prism concept […]

USDA hopes to boost fertilizer production as soon as next year

BY: - October 4, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $500 million to increase domestic fertilizer production, doubling its previous commitment, the agency announced. The federal dollars would boost long-term projects and ready-to-go proposals that might have an effect as early as next year. Some of the first projects to get funding from the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program […]

Yellowstone National Park loses the granddaddy of American volcano scientists

BY: , and - October 3, 2022

USGS geologist and the founding Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Robert “Bob” Christiansen died on Sept. 15, 2022, in Palo Alto, California. Bob, or “Chris,” as his colleagues and friends often called him, leaves a legacy of scientific achievement, articulate writing, and a warm and humble personality that endeared him to all. He received […]

Embedded bias: How medical records sow discrimination

BY: - October 3, 2022

David Confer, a bicyclist and an audio technician, told his doctor he “used to be Ph.D. level” during a 2019 appointment in Washington, D.C. Confer, then 50, was speaking figuratively: He was experiencing brain fog — a symptom of his liver problems. But did his doctor take him seriously? Now, after his death, Confer’s partner, […]