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Head of Montana Child & Family Services Division resigns

(MTN News-HELENA) The head of the state agency overseeing the investigation of child abuse and neglect in Montana is resigning and plans to start a private law practice in Helena. “It’s just time for me to...

Bullock and Gianforte cruise to primary wins

Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte easily cruised to victory in Tuesday's primary election. Bullock (D), the incumbent, tells MTN he is hopeful and excited about the upcoming general election, and stressed emphasized his record. “Excited about...

Absentee ballot numbers indicate strong primary election turnout

(MTN News-HELENA) More than 144,000 Montanans have already cast absentee votes for next week’s primary election – a number that indicates the June 7 turnout could be one of the highest for a Montana primary...

Former U.S. Sen. John Walsh lands job in Montana with federal agency

(MTN News) Former U.S. Sen. John Walsh has been appointed the state director of the USDA Rural Development agency in Montana. An agency spokesman in Washington D.C. confirmed the appointment Thursday afternoon. Walsh's appointment becomes effective Feb....

Medical marijuana growers, patients ask for delay on enforcing new restrictions

  (MTN News-HELENA) Medical marijuana growers and patients Friday asked the state Supreme Court to delay by 14 months its ruling that upheld stringent new restrictions on the drug, to give the 2017 Legislature a chance...

Colstrip power-plant operator plans to quit plants within two years

    (MTN News-HELENA)  The operator of the four coal-fired power plants at Colstrip told plant owners Monday it plans to exit as the operator within two years, MTN News has learned. State Sens. Jim Keane and...

LIVE Bernie Sanders visits Missoula and Billings

MTN News-Live casts will begin in Missoula at 12:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m in Billings.   MISSOULA -Missoula will be feeling the Bern on Wednesday when presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders spreads his campaign message to the...

Montana churches counsel acceptance of Syrian refugees

(MTN News-HELENA)  While anti-immigrant rallies and meetings are grabbing headlines in Montana, large swaths of the state’s faith community are asking members to welcome the few Middle Eastern refugees who may eventually come here. “They’re...

Bullock and Gianforte square off in first debate

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (MTN News-BIG SKY) Governor Steve Bullock and his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte squared off Sunday in Big Sky, in their first debate of the campaign -- and voters saw...

Democrat Denise Juneau files to run in U.S. House race

  (MTN News-HELENA) Democrat Denise Juneau filed Thursday to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, saying she’d be a congresswoman who “stands for all of us, not just big money and big corporations.” Supporters cheered loudly...

Judicial Nomination Commission screens candidates to replace Macek

(MTN News-GREAT FALLS) Cascade County District Judge Julie Macek announced her resignation in December 2015. The Montana Judicial Nomination Commission interviewed applicants on Monday for her position. The interviews and deliberations took place at the Holiday Inn...

MT’s top two GOP candidates still backing Trump for president

(MTN News-GREAT FALLS) Montana’s two top Republican candidates in this election are denouncing the vulgar comments that presidential nominee Donald Trump made about women – but they’re not withdrawing their support of his candidacy.U.S. Rep....

Burns Family Statement On The Passing Of Senator Conrad Burns

(BILLINGS, MT-Press Release) April 29, 2016 – Today the family of former Montana U.S. Senator Conrad Burns released the following statement after the Senator passed away yesterday evening. Rep. Zinke’s office is sending the...

Lewistown students win “We The People” event; will head to D.C. competition

(MTN News-HELENA)   A team of students from Fergus High School in Lewistown is heading to Washington D.C. after being crowned this year's "We The People" state champions. Hundreds of high school students from across Montana...

U.S. House debate: Guns, public lands, gay rights … and a surveyor

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) From gun rights to gay rights, the final public debate among Montana’s U.S. House candidates had its moments Wednesday night. It featured all three candidates: U.S. Rep....

Donald Trump stumbles on David Duke, KKK

CNN-WASHINGTON, DC -Donald Trump stumbled into a racially charged controversy Sunday, saying in an interview on CNN that he didn't know enough to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Trump tried to...

Bullock admin lays out plans for MT Developmental Center in Boulder

    BOULDER – The Bullock administration Wednesday laid out its plan to close the state institution in Boulder for the developmentally disabled – including several new, state-run group homes, possibly in Boulder, Helena or other...

Motl, Wittich spar over vital evidence before campaign-violation trial

(MTN News-HELENA) As Montana’s top campaign cop and one of his biggest targets prepare for a crucial trial on alleged campaign violations, they’re trading bitter charges over evidence and tactics likely to influence the outcome.State...

Trump backed by US Rep. Zinke on eve of Montana rally

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Donald Trump has picked up the backing of Montana's lone member of the U.S. House a day before the presumptive Republican presidential candidate holds a rally in Billings. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke became...

Daines urges DC to change to reform forest management in Montana

(HELENA) Senator Steve Daines is pushing for forest management reform in Montana and says that the health of National Forests in the Treasure State depends on changes happening in Washington D.C. Daines stresses the importance...

GOP lawmakers call for special session on campaign-finance

(MTN News-HELENA) Ten Republican state lawmakers are trying to convene a special session of the Montana Legislature on campaign-finance issues, but it appears the effort is unlikely to succeed. The lawmakers, from the party's conservative...

Republican Johnson drops out of 2016 governor race

  (MTN News-HELENA) Republican Brad Johnson dropped out of the 2016 Montana governor’s race Wednesday, saying he doesn’t feel he has the time to wage a full-time campaign. Johnson, 64, the chairman of the state Public Service...

Donald Trump scores big win in Nevada

  CNN-LAS VEGAS - Donald Trump notched a resounding win in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday, channeling the roiling anger of Republican voters against the establishment and sweeping almost every category of the electorate to build...

Rep. Zinke rakes in the campaign dough – but spends plenty, too

(MTN News-HELENA)  In 2015, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., raised more than 10 times the money of his Democratic opponent, Denise Juneau – but ended the year with just three times as much money...

Testimony continues in the Wittich trial

  (MTN News-Helena) A conservative campaign operative had some hard-hitting testimony Tuesday, on day-two of the campaign-violation trial for Republican state lawmaker Art Wittich. Sarah Arnold of Denver, Colorado, worked on behalf of Wittich’s 2010 state Senate...