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Judge Orders Mugshot, Fingerprints For Rep Gianforte

Montana Representative Greg Gianforte has lost his bid to avoid being booked, photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May. Judge Rick West ordered the Republican to report to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be booked for the misdemeanor assault charge by September 15.

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Montana Representative Greg Gianforte has lost his bid to avoid being booked, photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May.

Judge Rick West ordered the Republican to report to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be booked for the misdemeanor assault charge by September 15.


The Secretary of the Veterans Administration visited Montana today, and made an announcement that many veterans will welcome.

At an event in Helena, Senator Jon Tester let the news slip before Secretary David Shulkin had a chance to.

"The VA Secretary is going to announce at some point in time today — I don't want to take away any of your thunder – some rules that he is going to modify to allow rest homes to be built in rural areas. The Butte boys that are here ..."

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This week on the Blue Light Boogie, stay inside and tune into sets on all things creepy and crawly. Art Hooker is your host every Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tune in or stream it from your desktop or mobile device.

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KYPH in Helena, formerly broadcasting at 89.1 is now 88.5 on the FM dial as of today with a much improved signal quality and larger coverage area.

Helena and surrounding areas will have reliable coverage on both KYPH at 88.5FM and KYPX at 106.5 FM.

Faced with declining enrollment and a budget deficit, the University of Montana is offering early retirement buyouts to some faculty members. Well-known, climate science Professor Steve Running accepted the offer and is set to retire.

Running was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team, which was collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its broad report on the connection between human activities and global warming. Running was a lead author for one of the chapters in the IPCC report. He's also on the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and has taught at the University of Montana for 38 years.

MTPR’s Katie Riordan spoke with Running about his decision to retire and his future plans.

Forecasters are predicting a couple more relatively calm days on the Lolo Peak Fire southwest of Missoula. This after firefighters and communities from Lolo south to Florence faced their most severe test when the fire grew explosively Friday night, eating up 9,000 acres in a single day.

We’ll have more on what firefighters are expecting in a moment, but for now, let’s go back to Friday night when MTPR’s Beau Baker was reporting from the junction of Highways 12 and 93.

Here's Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield's latest report for Sunday morning, August 20th:

"Good morning, The air quality in Missoula was good this morning, but only for a few hundred feet.

Fire crews are expecting a calmer day on the Lolo Peak Fire today. Mike Cole, a fire information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team gave us this update about 9:00 am Sunday.  

"Saturday was a very good day and today we expect another one," Cole says.

About noon Saturday, a firefighter was hit by a rock and took a fall near the ski area at McClain Creek. 

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