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www.pbs.org -- Montana's rivers are pristine and iconic, but they are also at the center of a property rights dispute that went all the way to the Supreme Court today. A lower court ruled that the power company PPL Montana owes the state $53 million in back payments, essentially rent for its use of riverbeds for hydroelectric plants and dams. But who owns the riverbeds, the state, the federal government or private owners? The answer to that question could have broad impact throughout the American West, as well as the rest of the country. Marcia Coyle was in the courtroom for today's arguments, and she joins us now. So, Marcia, this basically started as a challenge for public education funding?

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