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How religion motivates people to give and serve

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Saturday, August 19 is World Humanitarian Day – a time to remember the tremendous humanitarian need around the world. World Humanitarian Day is also a time to remember the sacrifice of those who risk their lives to Read More…

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The Confederate statue debate: 3 essential reads

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to the debate over what to do with Confederate statues. The impetus for the “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 was Read More…

Nearly all of Montana is in drought

More than half of Montana is in some stage of drought, according to weather data released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists nearly all of Montana in drought or trending toward drought, with the exception of a sliver of the southwest corner of the state. Only 2.7 percent of Montana is experiencing normal conditions. Drought Read More…

Ex legislator implicated in dark money scandal has 1 week to prove he can't pay $60K fine

Former Montana legislator Wesley Prouse is out of jail after agreeing to release financial documents related to penalties from a political corruption lawsuit. Prouse has a week to produce financial documents showing whether he has the wherewithal to pay a $59,066 penalty owed to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. The Shepherd man was jailed Read More…

Bond request issued for drilling in Paradise Valley's Emigrant Gulch

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has requested a reclamation and revegetation bond payment of $154,000 before it will issue an exploration license to Canadian-based Lucky Minerals to begin exploratory drilling in Paradise Valley’s Emigrant Gulch. Lucky Minerals has proposed drilling 46 holes an average of 1,000 feet deep over the course of two years. Read More…

Montana appeals school choice tax credit ruling allowing religious schools

The Montana Department of Revenue will continue to fight a court ruling that money from a tax credit program can benefit religious schools. District Judge Heidi Ulbricht ruled in May that the department incorrectly excluded religious schools from the program, which is funded by donations that can be offset by up to $150 in nonrefundable Read More…

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More states are allowing guns on college campuses

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Texas and 10 other states now have laws permitting concealed carry of guns at colleges and universities. So far in 2017, campus carry bills have been introduced in at least 16 other states. While state laws and campus policies Read More…

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Curbing climate change: Why it's so hard to act in time

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland’s accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland Read More…

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Explaining polygamy and its history in the Mormon Church

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The arrest of polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs, evictions of polygamist families and new studies on crippling genetic disorders among small ultra-orthodox or “fundamentalist” Mormon communities in rural Utah have made headlines this summer. This spotlight on polygamy Read More…

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Making driverless cars safe for people on foot

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Right now, there are two ways to be safe crossing a road: Wait until no cars are close by, so there’s enough time to make it to the other side of the street – or communicate with Read More…

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Is Ryan Kelly's iconic photograph an American 'Guernica'?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) On August 12, Charlottesville Daily Progress photographer Ryan M. Kelly captured the exact moment that Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Read More…

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An American 'Guernica'?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) On August 12, Charlottesville Daily Progress photographer Ryan M. Kelly captured the exact moment when Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring 19 and killing one, Heather Heyer. Read More…

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Charlottesville and the politics of fear

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) I have spent nearly 16 years studying how the risk of violence grows in societies around the world and running programs designed to stem the tide. I have seen toxic rhetoric from political leaders result in violence Read More…

Off-duty sheriff's deputy catches man exposing himself at gas station

An off-duty Natrona County sheriff’s deputy caught a man pleasuring himself Wednesday in a truck in front of a Casper convenience store, according to court documents. Gerritt Joseph Shepperson has been charged with public indecency in relation to the incident. The Natrona County sheriff’s deputy, Stephen Wolosin, had stopped at about 4:20 p.m. at the Loaf and Jug Read More…

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Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) With members of Congress spending the month of August in their home districts, Republican efforts to do away with President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), appear stalled, at least temporarily. However, the Trump Read More…

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How ancient cultures explained eclipses

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States. As the Earth and moon sweep through space in their annual journey around the sun, the three bodies align in such Read More…

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Trump's rejection of national climate report would do more damage than exiting the Paris Agreement

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) A scientific report done every four years has been thrust into the spotlight because its findings directly contradict statements from the president and various Cabinet officials. If the Trump administration chooses to reject the pending national Climate Read More…

Montana nature reserve buys 46,000-acre ranch, advances goal of establishing wildlife park

BILLINGS — A sprawling central Montana nature reserve has purchased a 46,000-acre (186-square kilometer) ranch bordering a federal refuge as it advances toward its goal of establishing a Connecticut-sized park where bison and other wildlife can roam freely. The American Prairie Reserve announced Wednesday it had purchased the Two Crow Ranch about an hour north Read More…