Aug 14, 2013 8:55 PM

KRTV Evening Top Stories - Wed Aug 14

Top stories on KRTV for the evening of Wednesday, August 14, 2013:

- Furlong Sentenced: Christopher Ray Furlong was sentenced in Great Falls on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the knife-point robbery of Schulte's convenience store in August 2012. Click here to read more.

- Megaload: A "megaload" shipment bound for an oil sands project in Canada is making its way through the state, and stopped in Lewis & Clark County on Wednesday. Click here to read more.

- Business Tour: Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch was in Great Falls on Wednesday to kick off a state-wide tour of businesses. Click here to read more.

- Elections: Montana lawmakers are looking at streamlining elections; an interim committee is studying what it would take to combine school board elections and primary elections into one event. Click here to read more.

- Social Security: Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Social Security program. An estimated 1 in 5 Montanans receive monthly benefits. Senior citizens gathered in several locations around the state to raise awareness about how critical they believe the monthly income is for the elderly. The average Social Security beneficiary receives just over $12,000 per year.

- SNAP: Food stamp recipients will see a reduction in benefits soon; more than 130,000 Montanans will be affected. The average Supplemental Nutritional Assesment Program, or SNAP, benefit is about $124 a month and an individual person will see about a $10 a month decrease. A temporary increase in benefits will expire at the end of October, triggering the reduction. The original increase was put in place by policy makers in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act in a move to strengthen the economy and ease hardships for low-income families.

- New Leader: Planned Parenthood of Montana has announced that Martha Stahl has been named the new president and CEO. Stahl will be the third president in Planned Parenthood of Montana's 40-year history.

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