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Montana’s election chief talks with high school students about voting

BILLINGS - Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton stopped by Billings West High School Thursday, to talk to students about the importance of getting involved. Stapleton spent over an hour with senior students at the...

Bullock: MT shouldn’t rush into private-prison contract extension

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock says he won’t rush into a new contract with the operator of the private prison in Shelby – even though it could yield the state as much as $30...

Montana legislative committee discusses meat processing inspections, Madison Food Park

HELENA - A Montana legislative committee says it wants more answers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about claims that meat processors in the state have faced harassment from food safety inspectors. The Economic Affairs...

Bullock offers few specifics on achieving 2018-19 policy goals

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock, entering the second year of his final term, says the state needs more revenue to fund vital services and should stick with an expanded Medicaid program that’s brought health...

Tester continues pushing for Blackfoot Stewardship Act

 WASHINGTON, DC - Montana Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) remains optimistic a sweeping piece of legislation to preserve the Upper Blackfoot watershed will prove its worth during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. The Blackfoot Stewardship Act...

Daines bill to change Wilderness Study designations gets Senate hearing

 WASHINGTON, DC - A bill to withdraw five parcels from Wilderness Study Area designation is generating a tremendous amount of debate across Montana this week. And Wednesday, we'll get our first indication as to...

PureView staff, Montana congressional delegation call for community health funding extension

HELENA - Staff and administrators at Helena’s PureView Health Center dressed in red Tuesday, to highlight continued calls to renew federal funding for community health centers. It was part of a national effort called “Red...

Former judge Fagg third Republican to file in U.S. Senate race

HELENA - Former state District Judge Russell Fagg Tuesday became the third Republican to file as a candidate for U.S. Senate, saying he’d be the most “electable” Republican to take on Democrat Jon Tester. Fagg,...

Tester hosts round-table in Great Falls to discuss infrastructure

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) hosted a round-table discussion at the Great Falls Public Schools District Office on Friday. The meeting followed President Donald Trump’s announcement that he wants to put together...

Key GOP lawmaker says Bullock has options to avoid human-service cuts

HELENA - A leading Republican lawmaker Friday said the Bullock administration must share the blame for looming budget cuts to human services in Montana – and that the governor could help defray the cuts...

Bullock’s national PAC raised almost $500K last year

HELENA - A political action committee formed by Gov. Steve Bullock to boost his national profile raised $464,000 last year, with donations from wealthy individuals in New York, California and other locales. The Big Sky...

Care providers, foster parents oppose DPHHS proposal to cut Medicaid rates, services

HELENA - Dozens of people, including health care providers and foster parents, came to Helena Thursday to register their opposition to proposed reductions in state Medicaid services. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human...

Rep. Gianforte, two Democrat challengers post similar fundraising totals

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte reported Wednesday that he’s raised a respectable $543,000 toward his re-election campaign this year – but two of his Democratic potential challengers are pretty much keeping up in the...

Montana peak to be named in honor of conservationist Alex Diekmann

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to name an unnamed peak in memory of Montana conservationist Alex Diekmann. The bill was sponsored by Montana’s Congressional delegation and names the 9,765-foot peak as “Alex Diekmann...

Montana lawmakers react to the State of the Union

Montana's congressional delegation offered their reactions Tuesday night to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech, falling mostly along party lines. "Tonight, we heard the President speak of a nation that is strong and...

Tester tops $9M in fundraising; top GOP challengers below $1M each

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat running this year for his third term, reported Wednesday that he’s cracked the $9 million mark in total campaign fundraising – and has more than 10 times the...

Daines, Gianforte among passengers on train involved in fatal crash

 A train carrying Republican members of Congress, including Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte, to their retreat in Greenbrier, West Virginia, has hit a truck. The lawmakers were scheduled to spend the next...

Slaughter enters election race to become Cascade County Sheriff

Jesse Slaughter, a detective with the Great Falls Police Department, has officially filed to run for the position of Cascade County Sheriff. He filed his paperwork to run on Tuesday morning. Slaughter has been with the...

Nurses sue to strike down Montana law barring them from providing abortion

HELENA – Two advanced-practice nurses, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, filed suit Tuesday to strike down Montana’s law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions. One of them...

Few details revealed on MSP warden’s dismissal

HELENA - The state’s top corrections official said Monday he had unspecified “concerns” that he couldn’t ignore about former State Prison Warden Michael Fletcher – but declined to reveal further details about the warden’s...

Former Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke to speak at Yellowstone GOP dinner

BILLINGS - Former sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. will speak at the Yellowstone GOP Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner in March. The former Milwaukee County sheriff and firebrand became nationally-known for his support of President Donald...

Montana’s congressional delegation preparing for State of the Union speech

Montana's congressional delegates announced Friday their special guests for President Trump's State of the Union speech next week. Sen. Steve Daines will host 9-year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley from Deer Lodge. Daines selected her because she...

PureView Health Center leaders still concerned about “uncertainty” in federal funding

(HELENA) Leaders with Helena’s PureView Health Center say a federal grant that makes up a large part of their budget will continue through the spring, but they’re still raising concerns about the long-term future...

Tester working on bipartisan border security deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is taking a bigger role in bipartisan negotiations over border security, his office announced Wednesday. Tester, a Montana Democrat, met Tuesday with Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and...

Montanans weigh in on Trump administration public lands policies in new poll

Montanans are split on how they view President Trump’s handling of public lands and wildlife issues. According to a new poll by Colorado College, 46 percent approve of the Trump Administration's land, water and wildlife...