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Report: Trump to visit Montana to promote tax reform

MONTANA - President Donald Trump is expected to take his push for tax reform on the road over the next two months, and Montana is among 13 states that can expect a visit. According to...

Former Billings Republican House representative admits selling, trafficking meth

BILLINGS - Montana’s former Republican House majority leader from Billings pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal drug distribution charges. Michael Lange, 56, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to one count of possession...

Republican Fagg insists he’s still `exploring’ U.S. Senate candidacy

BILLINGS - Republican and state District Judge Russell Fagg is traveling the state, raising money and touting prominent endorsements – but insists he’s still “exploring” whether to run for the U.S. Senate. “No, I’m not a...

MT legislative panel continues to block cuts to services for poor, disabled

HELENA - A legislative committee Monday continued to block more than $20 million in proposed cuts to medical services for the poor and disabled in Montana – although it’s unclear whether the action will...

Montana health care providers, patients rally against proposed budget cuts

HELENA - About 100 people gathered on the South Lawn of the Montana State Capitol Monday to deliver a message for state lawmakers – proposed cuts to the state public health budget could be...

Exonerated ex-inmate Cody Marble has probation revoked

HELENA - Cody Marble, who won a 14-year fight to erase a rape conviction, had his probation revoked on Friday on an unrelated drug charge, after refusing to report to his probation officer for...

Montana delegation asks Congress to help Montana with fires

WASHINGTON - All three members of Montana's Congressional delegation discussed Wednesday helping victims of Hurricane Harvey and also say Montana needs help with wildfires. Republican Senator Steve Daines said preventing wildfires is impossible, but he also said...

Governor settles campaign reporting violations

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and his re-election campaign have agreed to pay a $3,000 fine to settle a complaint that he did not timely file expense reports stemming from his...

4-part series: Montana launching ambitious reforms to slow growth in prison, probation populations

This four-part series examines the extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. PART 1: Montana launches ambitious sentencing reforms, to slow prison populations Montana has 15,000 criminal offenders...

Helena city candidates have raised more than $50,000 ahead of November elections

(HELENA) Campaigning is well underway for Helena’s city elections in November, and candidates have already raised a total of more than $50,000. Candidates submitted updated fundraising reports to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices website...

Private contractors a key part of correctional reforms

This story is the final installment of a four-part series examining extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. BILLINGS – As Montana launches an ambitious push...

Governors urge keeping US health law’s individual mandate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law's unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets as lawmakers work on a long-term...

Ex-cons: Sentencing reforms could offer better pathway to freedom

This story is the third of a four-part series examining extenstive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. HELENA – Ex-con Anthony Valderrama has his own business,...

Gov. Bullock to request 10% budget cuts from state agencies

HELENA – The Bullock administration will announce Wednesday it’s asking most state agencies for plans to cut 10 percent of their budget, to avoid deficit spending as state tax revenue flags and firefighting costs...

Trump: ‘All options are on table’ after North Korea launch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that "all options are on the table" in response to its launch of a missile over...

New professional parole board aims to ensure inmates succeed after prison

This story is the second part of a four-part series examining broad criminal justice and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison population. HELENA - For the first time in...

Pentagon: Military response in Texas could soon expand

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon official says the military's contribution to Harvey rescue and recovery efforts could soon increase by tenfold or more. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Witham told reporters Tuesday there currently are...

Montana grapples with text messages as public records

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's government has no policy requiring state workers to retain the text messages they send or receive for official business. The lack of a policy was exposed after Gov. Steve Bullock's...

Are mug shots public record in MT? Depends where you ask

HELENA - In Gallatin County, mug shots of criminal offenders and suspects – including U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte – are considered “confidential criminal justice information,” and therefore not public unless a judge allows it. In...

Trump eagerly confronts tricky politics of natural disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy. Now, President Donald...

US interior secretary urges mining ban near Yellowstone

BILLINGS (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public lands in Montana near Yellowstone National Park and will also consider...

Montana launches ambitious sentencing reforms, to slow prison populations

This story is the first of a four-part series examining extensive sentencing and correctional reforms passed by the 2017 Legislature, aimed at reducing Montana’s prison populations. HELENA – From prisons to pre-release centers to probationary...

Trump rolling back limits on military gear for police

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will revive a program that provides local police departments with surplus military equipment such as high-caliber weapons and grenade launchers, despite past concerns that armored vehicles and other...

Sale of Interior secretary’s motor home raises $25K question

HELENA (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's dormant congressional campaign committee recently sold a 2004 motor home at a steep discount to an old friend in the Montana Legislature. But a seemingly ordinary transaction...

Montana one of 21 states opposing gun restrictions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general has filed a brief on behalf of a 21-state coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments against Maryland gun restrictions. The group is urging the...