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Thursday: Secher Radio, Death Penalty, ‘Zombies Ahead’

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday William S. Burroughs.

On the Beacon today, Glacier International Airport staff as got keeping critters off their runway down to a science. Looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Check out Allen Secher’s show of vintage love songs on Montana Public Radio. Kalispell Democratic Rep. Cheryl Steenson’s resolution urging speedy passage of the federal economic stimulus passed the House yesterday, though without the support of any Flathead Republicans. Warren Miller makes the case that some of the stimulus money should be set aside to purchase ski equipment.

A Boston financial firm plans to purchase the Yellowstone Club for $100 million. Educators are trying to pass a long-shot bill through the Legislature to drastically increase school funding. Death penalty opponents are once again trying to pass a ban through the Legislature. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, was in Missoula yesterday to speak at a summit to fight breast cancer. A new economic census reveals just how dramatically grain prices shot up for Montana farmer between 2002 and 2007. President Barack Obama yesterday signed into law the bill by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Montana lawmakers considered legislation yesterday seeking to balance a woman’s right to obtain birth control against the abilities of pharmacists to deny selling birth control f it conflicts with their religious beliefs. And the Bozeman Chronicle reviews how Gov. Brian Schweitzer may have been wrong about how the stimulus money for Montana will be distributed after all.

Finally, computer hackers in Illinois altered electronic highway signs to warn of zombies and dinosaurs ahead. Have a great day.