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AP sources: Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private...

Montana’s unemployment rate holds at 3.9 percent in July

HELENA (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent in July. Gov. Steve Bullock says more Montanans are at work, wages are increasing and manufacturing is growing. The state has seen an...

Governor Bullock: Fountain memorializes a dark period in Montana’s history

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock weighed in on the decision by the city of Helena to remove a Confederate memorial fountain. Bullock issued a statement saying the fountain memorializes a dark period in Montana's history and...

Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking steps to make it easier for farmers in his state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker on Wednesday declared a 30-day "state...

Gianforte: Actions by white supremacists “un-American”

BOZEMAN - Montana's lone Congressman Greg Gianforte says the actions by white supremacists in Charlottesville are “un-American” and need to be labeled “domestic terrorism”. MTN News Political Analyst David Parker interviewed Gianforte on Thursday’s Montana...

Internal FBI surveys show high support for ex-FBI head Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite White House claims to the contrary, fired FBI Director James Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four-year tenure, according to internal survey results released...

Neo-Nazi site’s publisher says he’s got no home on internet

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist...

Residents praise correctional re-entry program, as Gov. Bullock pays a visit

HELENA - As part of a national initiative to spotlight successful correctional programs, Gov. Steve Bullock visited the Riverside Correctional Facility here – and heard nothing but praise from women in its re-entry program. “I...

Groups concerned about federal budget cuts’ effects on Montana

(HELENA) Organizations from around Montana are raising concerns about how the Trump administration’s budget proposal could affect the state. The Clean Air Montana Coalition hosted an event with several of those groups Tuesday morning, asking...

State officials present Montana flag to Navy

HELENA - The State flag that will fly over the construction of the U.S.S. Montana (SSN-794) was presented to the Navy Tuesday at the Capitol Rotunda. Currently under construction in Newport News Va., the U.S.S....

Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era

NEW YORK (AP) — The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the focus of an emotional debate in the state's Republican primary election weeks before it became a flashpoint in the...

Tester visits Malmstrom Air Force Base

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) met with leaders at Malmstrom Air Force Base on Tuesday. Tester heard about the needs and challenges the airmen face while operating older equipment. "We are in the appropriations season so...

Pam Bucy leaving state Labor commissioner post

HELENA - State Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy, who’s part of the governor’s cabinet, is stepping down next month to join a private law firm in Helena, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday. “Pam has been a...

Butte prepares to face EPA budget cuts

BUTTE - Montana environmental groups are worried federal budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could run as deep as the Berkeley Pit in Butte. “Massive budget cuts from across the board. Every agency, they’re talking...

White nationalists: Charlottesville just a beginning

UPDATE - We previously published that a "White Lives Matter" rally at Texas A&M University was planned in September. That rally has since been canceled. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emboldened and proclaiming victory after a bloody...

Trump names hate groups, denouncing Charlottesville violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under relentless pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned "repugnant" hate groups and declared that "racism is evil" in a far more forceful statement than he'd made earlier after...

GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after post on protest violence

A leading neo-Nazi website is losing its internet domain host after its publisher posted an article mocking the woman who was killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. GoDaddy tweeted...

U.S. Sen. Tester to Dems: Expect tough re-election fight in 2018

HELENA - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester told fellow Democrats here Friday if they think he’s in for an easy re-election race next year, think again. “We should not be taking anything for granted,” he said at...

Guam fliers offer emergency tips for threat from North Korea

Officials in Guam are disseminating fact sheets to help residents prepare for a possible missile strike from North Korea. Guam's Office of Civil Defense began distributing the guidance Friday, which includes tips on building an...

Trump warns US ‘locked and loaded’ as North readies missiles

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday again delivered a bold warning to North Korea, tweeting that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely,"...

Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration...

Trump to declare opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis...

Western business owners urge Zinke to maintain national monuments

(HELENA) A group of business owners from around the West gathered in Montana Wednesday, to highlight the benefits they say they’ve seen from national monuments near their communities. Dave Crider is an outfitter in Las...

State, employee health-clinic operators say clinics saved money

HELENA - Montana’s state-employee health clinics not only are saving the state money, but also providing better access to primary care for thousands of people, clinic operators say. “When I first arrived here, one of the...

GOP senator suggests brain tumor affected McCain vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that fellow Republican Sen. John McCain's brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in the Arizona lawmaker's decisive vote against the GOP health...