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Montana health insurers can file new rates, to account for subsidy cutoff

HELENA - Two Montana health insurers will be allowed to adjust their 2018 rates on individual policies, to account for the Trump administration’s decision last week to end multimillion subsidies for many of those policies,...

Under pressure from Congress, IRS suspends Equifax contract

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS suspended a $7.25 million contract with the credit reporting company Equifax Friday after members of Congress complained the tax agency had awarded a no-bid contract to a company that...

Trump undercuts `Obamacare’ market in Montana; one insurer may consider exit

HELENA - The Trump administration decision late Thursday to stop paying a key “Obamacare” subsidy is roiling Montana’s health-insurance market for individuals – and could spell trouble for at least one Montana insurer in...

Federal officials target harassment in National Park Service

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A survey of National Park Service employees found widespread complaints of harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and top officials vowed to address it through training and enforcement. Reports of misconduct...

U.S. House Dem candidate Heenan plays up role as people’s legal advocate

HELENA - Attorney John Heenan of Billings says he’s made a career out of representing the little guy against big banks, insurers, and other corporate bad actors – and now he wants to do...

A day after criticism, Trump offers support to Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is assuring residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico that he "will always be with them." The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were...

Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move likely to roil America's insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress...

Former Trump aide Bannon had ties to Harvey Weinstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — The multiplying tentacles of the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal have touched a former president, a former presidential candidate and now a former presidential adviser. Steve Bannon, the former Trump White House...

Former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens dies of cancer at 90

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens has died of cancer in Kalispell. She was 90. Stephens was First Lady from 1989-1993 while her husband, Stan Stephens, was governor. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home...

Pentagon has no plans to boost size of nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has no current plans to increase the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In fact, it can barely sustain the existing force, which is decades old and is in...

Rosendale raises $410K for Senate race; endorsed by pro-Trump group

HELENA - State Auditor Matt Rosendale, one of a half-dozen Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate held by Democrat Jon Tester, said Wednesday he raised $410,000 in campaign funds during the first two months...

Late Sen. Conrad Burns honored with highway in Billings, sign unveiled

BILLINGS - The late U.S. Senator for Montana, known for his boisterous personality and who was no stranger to sparking controversy, now has a stretch of highway named after him. At times a firebrand, there has...

Judge orders Gianforte’s mug shot to be released

BOZEMAN - Gallatin County District Court Judge Holly Brown ordered Congressman Greg Gianforte's mugshot to be released to the public. In Gallatin County mug shots are not released unless they are requested, and the county attorney...

VA abruptly drops plan to suspend ethics law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs abruptly dropped plans Wednesday to suspend an ethics law barring employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges. The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who...

Montana’s medical marijuana industry expected to hit $18.7 million this year

BILLINGS - Medical marijuana will soon give a small boost to Montana's general fund that could eventually rise to hundreds of thousands of tax dollars annually. Thanks to a new law that went into effect this July, the state...

Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some women's health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about...

County leaders unveil budget plans if voters approve levy for renovated jail

(HELENA) Lewis and Clark County leaders gathered Tuesday to tell voters how their money will be used, if they approve a levy to fund operations at a renovated county jail. “It’s taxpayers’ money, and of...

Dems challenging Gianforte report good fundraising starts

HELENA – Two Democrats running to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in 2018 have raised more than a half-million dollars in campaign funds between them – and a third Democrat appears poised to...

Ashes and stinging smoke mark devastation in wine country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — In neighborhood after neighborhood, all that remains are the smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke from a day of utter devastation. Newly homeless residents of California wine country took stock of...

Trump administration: Court can’t suspend pipeline decision

BILLINGS (AP) — The Trump administration says a federal court has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Justice Department attorneys are due in U.S. District...

Funding change means less enforcement time for game wardens

HELENA (AP) — A legislative change in the funding for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks means game wardens will be required to do more wildlife management work, making them less available for...

Great Falls gun dealer talks “bump stocks”

GREAT FALLS - The device known as a "bump stock," which allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire shots in rapid succession simulating the ability of a fully automatic weapon, was used on several of the...

Bullock: Coal is big part of Montana’s energy future

BILLINGS - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday in Billings that coal will be part of the energy future and that technology needs to be used to make coal less invasive on the environment. Bullock, a Democrat, spoke at the...

Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired...

Birth control: Trump expands opt-out for workplace insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step...