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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Rocky Mountain College

As acrimony and sharp divisions in politics and society continue to make headlines, a lecture series that opens this week in Billings hopes to teach participants how to bring civility back to our public dialogue.

Montana Department of Transportation.

With winter showing no signs of abating any time soon, Montana has already plowed through the money set aside by the state Department of Transportation's Maintenance Division to keep our roads passable. The challenge for officials is finding the money to keep the plows and sanding trucks operating until temperatures warm up.

Kay Erickson

Support from people and organizations from around the country and world is pouring into a Billing Congregation hit twice in recent weeks with racist graffiti and anti-LGBT pamphlets.

Hearts are literally everywhere at Grace United Methodist Church. They are stuck on the walls and lying on the tables with the just opened mail.  

Letters of support have come from other Methodist congregations, individuals, and from two Girl Scout troops.  

MSU Billings

Four finalists were chosen in the search for the next chancellor of Montana State University-Billings.

It is a startling statistic. A third of students at Montana State University-Billings said they have experienced times when they did not have enough food. And this food insecurity is a barrier to achieving a college degree.

A student needs assessment conducted during the Spring 2016 semester by the Food Insecurity Committee on campus found 34% of students reported not having enough food for themselves or their household, and 26 percent reported having had skipped a meal because the lack of food.

A recent student survey found a third of students at MSU-Billings have reported not having enough food for themselves or their household. And this food insecurity can stand in the way of students achieving a college degree.

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Sky watchers are in for a rare triple treat very early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31,2018. A supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse will be on display for early risers.

The 3 lunar occurrences are not unique events by themselves.

A blue moon-- which isn’t really blue-- is a calendar event  when two full moons occur in a  month, which 

happens  about every two-and-a-half to three years.

Cloud Peak Energy

Coal from the Montana side of the Powder River Basin will soon be headed to Japan for two new state-of-the-art coal gasification plants in the Fukushima Prefecture. Cloud Peak Energy announced an agreement with Singapore-based JERA Trading to supply coal for up to 40 months beginning at the end of next year.

A large painting called Many Blessing greets visitors as they enter the  Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College. The 7 to 8 foot canvas is a collaborative father/daughter effort and serves as the gateway of a new exhibit featuring Kevin and Sunny Sky Red Star.


SDPB Radio

Scammers are using the cold weather to prey on Montana consumers and businesses. The Better Business Bureau says it's had reports of imposters claiming to be from the local utility are threatening to turn off the power if they are not immediately paid in full.

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