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First public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry to occur this week

The first two public hearings for the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump are scheduled to begin this week, starting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. The first hearing is set to include testimony from Bill Taylor, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs. The second hearing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15. It is set to include testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The hearings will be broadcast on CSPAN, as well as FOX, CNN and other cable news channels, likely around 8 a.m. Mountain Time. (Helena Dore)


Man charged with felony arson after ATM machine explodes

A man from Bonner was charged in connection with an explosion at an ATM machine that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the First Interstate Security Bank off Broadway and Main, according to KPAX. Guy Murray Culligan, 57, was charged with felony arson after he was accused of lighting an ATM machine on fire just before 11 p.m. on Thursday. Culligan made his first appearance in Missoula Justice Court on Friday, Nov. 8, and his bond was set at $50,000. (HD)

 


Annual Griz-Cat Blood Drive Battle kicks off

UM and MSU have been teaming up with the American Red Cross to see which university can collect more blood donations during the annual Griz-Cat Blood Drive Battle. A driver’s license, blood donor card or another two forms of identification are required to donate blood. All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. Participants can either walk into a blood donation event or make an appointment at redcrossblood.org, using the sponsor code “gogriz”. One blood donation event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Rooms 203 and 204 of the Todd Building. Another blood donation event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 in Rooms 229 and 230 of the Skaggs building. (HD) 


Innovation Factory opens after moving into empty space in the UC

The Office of Research and Creative Scholarships opened the Innovation Factory space on Nov. 8. “30 Days of Innovation” will be hosted through Dec. 13. A complete schedule can be found at umt.edu/innovation-factory/calendar.php. After the UM Bookstore moved out of the second floor of the University Center, the Innovation Factory moved into the empty space. Directors Brad Allen and Elizabeth Dove oversaw the planning. Students will have the opportunity to work with specialized equipment, collaborate with other students and take one-credit courses such as podcasting, coding or game design. (Sydney Akridge)


Griz Soccer ends season with loss in semi-finals

After the Griz ended the 2019 season with the Big Sky Conference title and an undefeated conference record, the team lost its first tournament game in the semi-finals. The team finished conference play for the first time since 2014 and skipped the first round of the tournament. The Griz lost against Northern Colorado on Nov. 8 with a score of 1-2 after eight minutes of overtime. (SA)