Montana Focus

An in-depth news and public affairs series hosted by Gene Brodeur which tackles issues across the state relating to politics and government, natural resources, business development, and social changes. Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for MontanaPBS.

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Open-Container Law: Where's The Problem?
 (No. 209)
Although Montana leads the nation in alcohol-related traffic fatalities, an effort to get an open-container law passed during the 2003 legislative session failed. Supporters argue that making it illegal to drive and drink is a no-brainer; opponents say it's an infringement of civil liberties. Montana Focus looks at renewed efforts to pass open-container legislation during the 2005 session. In our Op Ed segment, Capitol Bureau Chief for Lee Newspapers, Chuck Johnson, talks about Gov. Brian Schweitzer's State of the State Address. Also, Greg Mortenson, president of the Central Asia Institute talks about the upcoming election in Iraq, and similar circumstances in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Finally, The Burns Telecom Center on the MSU Campus has a video/audio connection to Camp Fallujah in Iraq. Families in Bozeman and other areas of Montana get the chance to talk with family members and loved ones serving in Iraq. Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for KUSM/MontanaPBS, MSU - Bozeman. (First Aired Thursday, January 27, 2005)

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Iraqi Elections

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