Man dead after confrontation with Missoula Police

After a man attacked Missoula Police with a knife Saturday evening an officer shot and killed him, according to the Missoulian. Police who responded to a disturbance call on the north western side of Missoula on Sherwood Lane were apprehended by the knife-wielding man. The officers told the man to drop the knife, but he instead attacked one of the officers. In defense the officer shot the man, who was later pronounced dead. Nobody else was harmed. The Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations, is investigating the confrontation. The next day, a call to action circulated social media demanding the department to release the names of officers involved as well as relevant body camera footage and that the circumstances and details of the killing be made clear. The Kaimin is reporting this story more in-depth. Updates will be published at

Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of ACA

he Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law under the Obama administration, was challenged before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. With President Donald Trump’s criticism of the law and a now more conservative leaning court-with three justices assigned by Trump during his term-all or part of the act could be in jeopardy. The law was previously challenged in 2012, but was upheld by a 5-4 decision. Two lower court rulings found the care act  unconstitutional, although it’s likely the Supreme Court will make the inevitable decision. At risk is the health insurance of more than 20 million Americans, including those insured privately and with Medicaid, according to the New York Times. The law allows people under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance, meaning many college students would be left without insurance if the law is overturned. Without the healthcare act, coverage of pre-existing medical conditions, emergency care, prescription drugs and maternity care are all at risk as well.

Voters in favor of more Mountain Line funding

Voters approved a $3 million per year budget increase to Missoula’s Mountain Line bus service in last week’s election. Over the next few years the 20 mill levy increase will extend evening hours, add Sunday services, hire 10-20 more drivers, add more routes and help buy more electric buses. The new services will be implemented in 2022. The mill levy increases tax on property to help fund the new services. Since the service became zero-fare in 2015 ridership has increased by 70% to around 1.5 million rides a year, according to the Missoulian. 

UM grad takes home top prize in business startup

Lily Clarke, who graduated from the University of Montana this year with a Master’s in Systems Ecology, took home the top prize of $15,000 for her business startup plan for the 31st annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge. The challenge is hosted by the UM College of Business and UM Blackstone LaunchPad and accepts entries from students around the state. Nine teams were chosen by judges and narrowed to four teams that competed live. Clarke’s business is called High Morel and uses mushrooms to remediate wastewater from breweries. “As a scientist without prior business experience, it is wonderful to win this competition,” Clarke said to UM News.

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