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Special Report: Zinke’s record as U.S. Interior secretary: Fossil-fuel emphasis, public access, helping ag

HELENA - From farmers to environmentalists to oil-and-gas producers, there’s no shortage of opinions on the first-year report card for Montana’s first member of a presidential cabinet, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “I think they’re...

Appeals court upholds Montana’s landmark campaign-disclosure law

HELENA - A federal appeals court has upheld Montana’s landmark law to force disclosure of campaign spending and fundraising by so-called “dark money” groups – and others attempting to influence elections here. The 9th...

U.S. House Dem candidates not shying away from gun-violence proposals

HELENA - The issues of gun rights and gun violence persist as risky political topics in Montana, but that’s not stopping Democratic U.S. House candidates from talking about it, often in stark terms. Former state...

Tester: Bill to boost veterans’ care passes key Senate committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new streamlined community care program for American veterans is poised to pass the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan VA Mission Act passed the US House last week and the US Senate...

Club for Growth spends $1.16M supporting Rosendale, attacking Fagg in GOP primary

HELENA - Another outside group is making significant ad buys in Montana’s U.S. Senate Republican primary – this time to support state Auditor Matt Rosendale and go after one of his opponents, former state...

Great Falls District Court hears arguments about bathroom initiative

GREAT FALLS - The Eighth Judicial District Court heard arguments Monday afternoon about an initiative that could be on the ballot this fall. Initiative 183 would require people to use the public restroom that corresponds...

Daines, Gianforte tour Missoula areas hit by flooding

MISSOULA - US Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and US Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) toured an area of Missoula that's been hit by flooding on Saturday. Both men told MTN News that it was important for...

VIDEO: Cascade County Sheriff Candidates Debate

MTN hosted a debate for the four Cascade County Sheriff candidates on Wednesday, May 2nd. There are four candidates running for Cascade County Sheriff: George Kynett, Bob Rosipal, Jesse Slaughter and incumbent Bob Edwards. All...

Zinke visits Fort Peck, talks about pivot

FORT PECK - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with ranchers and farmers affected by the Lodge Pole Complex Fires. Zinke made his first stop on a 10-day tour at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center on...

Farm Bill fails in U.S. House of Representatives

The Farm Bill failed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday over an immigration dispute with GOP leadership. Democrats cheered as the legislation was voted down in a 198 - 213 vote. Lola Raska, executive...

Daines fights against Amtrak ticket-agent cuts along Hi-Line

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak’s Havre...

MT corrections officials make changes to key part of sentence-reform package

HELENA - State corrections officials have made some changes to a key part of last year’s sweeping sentencing reforms, after prosecutors and judges objected to the process of easing supervision of certain criminal offenders...

Utility pledges $4.5M to Colstrip for transition – but says plant closures a ways...

HELENA - The head of a Spokane-based utility using power generated at coal-fired plants in Colstrip told state regulators Thursday the newer plants won’t shut down “any time soon,” and are still part of...

Daines joins forces with Democrat Warren to introduce legislation to help gambling addiction in...

 WASHINGTON D.C. - Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines is reaching across the aisle to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to introduce a bill to address gambling addiction among service members. The Gambling Addiction Prevention...

Environmental groups, land owners sue to block new oil and gas leases in MT

GREAT FALLS - Two environmental groups and three landowners filed suit in federal court Tuesday to block 287 new oil and gas leases in Montana. Wild Earth Guardians and the Montana Environmental Information Center argued...

Three-way Dem primary for PSC District 5 in western Montana

HELENA - In a primary race flying under the radar, three Helena men are vying for the Democratic nomination in Public Service Commission District 5 in western Montana – with the winner taking on...

Montana DPHHS awards statewide case management contract to AWARE

HELENA - The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has chosen a contractor to provide targeted case management to people with developmental disabilities across the state. DPHHS leaders awarded a 13-month statewide...

Montana AG intervenes in case against Neo-Nazi blogger

HELENA - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has filed a motion in federal district court to intervene in a Whitefish woman’s case against a Neo-Nazi blogger she’s accusing of intimidation under Montana’s anti-intimidation law. Neo-Nazi...

Supporters of women’s equality resolution pack Bozeman city commission meeting

BOZEMAN - Monday night’s Bozeman City Commission meeting was packed full of people taking a stance against discrimination. More than 20 people lined up against the wall as they waited for their turn to speak....

Multiple ballots cause some confusion for Montana voters

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Elections Office just mailed out the primary election ballots and is already getting questions from voters who are not sure what to do with them. This year, there are three...

350K primary election absentee ballots in the mail – with a Green twist

HELENA - Local election officials Friday mailed out 350,000 absentee ballots for Montana’s primary election, with a slightly different twist: Voters will choose from three political party primaries, instead of the usual two. In addition...

Tester, Zinke spar at Senate hearing over public lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two Montanans, Jon Tester and Ryan Zinke, faced off Thursday in the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee over funding to support public lands. Zinke, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, has proposed...

In the GOP U.S. Senate primary race, do Montana roots matter?

HELENA – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Russ Fagg says he has an advantage over two of his competitors in the upcoming GOP primary, that he had nothing to do with: He was born in...

Gov. Bullock’s budget transfer to avoid further service cuts going forward

HELENA - The Bullock administration will proceed with a $20 million-plus budget transfer to avoid further service cuts this year in human services and other programs. But Democrats on a legislative panel Wednesday blocked efforts...

Montana’s GOP Congressional members support Trump on Iran deal pull-out

HELENA - The two Republican members of Montana’s congressional delegation praised President Trump’s decision Tuesday to pull the United States out of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear development. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines called the agreement...