Kay Erickson

Morning Edition Host

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.

Kay is also a writer for Yellowstone Valley Woman’s Magazine.

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Billings Public Lirbary

Summer reading is in full swing, and residents in Yellowstone County have options in finding their summer books. They can drive downtown to the Billings Public Library or the library can come to them.

Marsy'slaw.us

The Montana Supreme Court delayed a voter-approved victim's rights law that was scheduled to take effect tomorrow.

According to the Associated Press, Marsy’s Law would give crime victims and their families the right to participate in judicial proceedings and be notified of key developments in a case. It would also expand their privacy rights.

Lockheed Martin Photo

The future USS Billings has a big day on Saturday, July 1, 2017,  with its christening and launch ceremony at its shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. It will be the first ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy to have been named for Montana’s largest city.


FDA

Rules governing indoor smoking in Yellowstone County could soon include e-cigarettes.  A public hearing tonight in Billings will discuss the change.


Mountain Time Arts

A series of art events and performances celebrating water, called Upstream, begin tomorrow in the Gallatin Valley. One of the organizers, Dede Taylor, said it is an intersection of art and the science of water.

“With climate change we have a situation that is unfathomable in some ways for us as humans," said Taylor. "And I think we need all the tools available. And art and imagination is a crucial tool for how we look to the future of the planet.”

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Edward S. Curtis Collection / Charles M. Bair Family Museum

Unique Images of North American Indians and tribal landscapes are on display  throughout the summer at the Charles M Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale, Montana.

It a major exhibition from the Bair collection called, The Shadow Catcher: Edward Sheriff Curtis.

The images are photogravures. Basically, it is a printmaking process that starts with a photo negative, where the image is etched to a copper plate, then printed.

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Reaction in Montana and around the world to the Gianforte misdemeanor assault charge has been varied. 

California GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter speaking to the press Thursday on Capitol Hill said assaulting a reporter is not appropriate behavior "unless the reporter deserved it," according to a tweet posted by Associated Press reporter Mary Clare Jalonick. 

Montana Standard editor David McComber says he's not surprised by the level of vitriol against the media, and it's not a recent development.

Rachel Hergett

*Updated Thurs. 5/25 at 2:30 p.m. 

GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte faces misdemeanor assault charges for "body slamming" a reporter for The Guardian at his campaign headquarters last night, on the eve of today’s special election to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House Seat. He must appear in Gallatin County Justice Court by June 7. 

Crime reporter Whitney Bermes for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle first heard the assault report on a police scanner, as she was packing up to leave the newsroom and go home for the evening.

Two members of the Montana Board of Regents were at MSU-Billings Wednesday, May 10, 2017, to hear from faculty, staff and students on how to keep higher education affordable and accessible.

The regents are scheduled to meet later this month to set tuition and fees for the coming two years.

Geology.Com

How do you become reacquainted with your native state when you have been gone for 25 years?

Road trip.

And it became the most recent book, Fifty-six Counties: A Montana Journey, for author Russell Rowland.


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