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Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure

(AP) — The Montana Senate has approved a measure that would bar internet service providers from being awarded state contracts if they collect data from their customers without consent. The Senate voted 46-0 Monday...

Blackfeet voters reject new constitution

HELENA - The Blackfeet Tribe has released the results from this week's vote to replace the Constitution. Voters rejected the new constitution. The final tally showed just over 1,600 votes against the proposal and over 1,200...

Cascade County elections officials pleased with Bullock’s veto

GREAT FALLS - Cascade County elections officials said they were pleased to hear of the Governor's amendatory veto Friday. Clerk and Recorder Rina Moore said the elections office is currently at a stand still - awaiting news of the bill...

State Capitol gets some much needed upgrades

HELENA - Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana's State Capitol that are more than 100 years old and in need of an upgrade. From the street, it's hard...

Man back in immigration custody after claim of 2013 rape

HELENA (AP) — A Mexican man who says he was raped in 2013 while detained by U.S. immigration officials will likely be in custody again for at least three months while a court decides...

GOP courts Montana attorney general to challenge Tester

HELENA (AP) — Ryan Zinke was the Republican Party's first choice to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in 2018 and re-claim the seat that would give Montana an all-GOP congressional delegation. President Donald...

Daines proposes legislation to help wildland firefighters

(MTN NEWS-HELENA) U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) unveiled new legislation to help wildland firefighters and praised the selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke as the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior during a visit to...

Public Service Commissioner Bushman faces re-election opposition from fellow PSC members

HELENA - Republican Public Service Commissioner Kirk Bushman of Billings has no Democratic opponent for re-election this year – but three of his fellow GOP commissioners want him un-elected. These three fellow Republicans – commissioners...

MT’S GOP Senate field: Surgeon, former judge, real-estate developer, tech entrepreneur

HELENA - From a surgeon who worked at the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to a tech entrepreneur who once danced with a famed ballet company, Montana’s GOP field in the U.S. Senate race has...

Helena mayor-elect Collins talks about historic election, plans for the city

(HELENA) Wilmot Collins says the hours after Tuesday’s election results were released were full of excitement. Collins won a narrow race to become Helena’s next mayor, defeating four-term incumbent Jim Smith by just over 300...

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...

Leg proposes budget cuts to Montana’s university system

HELENA - A legislative budget panel Thursday recommended a 3.5 percent cut in Montana’s university system budget – a move that could lead to student tuition increases of more than 20 percent this fall. Yet...

Sage grouse conservation changes draw mix of praise, alarm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has opened the door to industry-friendly changes to a sweeping plan imposed by his predecessor to protect a ground-dwelling bird across vast areas of the U.S....

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...

Republicans and Democrats seek to hold special election for Zinke replacement

HELENA (AP) — Montana Republicans are tentatively targeting the first week of February to nominate a candidate for a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke. Democrats aren't setting a date, but they are...

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...

Natural-Resource Plants are top Biz-Equipment Taxpayers

    HELENA - Almost all of the top 10 payers of Montana’s property tax on business equipment are natural-resource industry plants or operations – and they paid 50 percent of the entire statewide amount of...

Gianforte keeps low profile after altercation with journalist

BOZEMAN - U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte and his campaign have been silent on this special election day. Gianforte canceled planned interviews, and the campaign has not commented on the altercation with a reporter Wednesday. The Gianforte...

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...

Montana House gives initial OK to contribution limit boost

HELENA (AP) — The Montana House endorsed a measure Thursday that would raise campaign contribution limits for state candidates and change how the commissioner of political practices enforces campaign violations. The bill passed an initial...

Montana’s Gianforte readies to take office, names key staff

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte readied Tuesday to assume his new congressional duties, after naming key members of his staff and preparing to be sworn in as Montana's only representative...

Billings attorney Kurt Alme to be nominated as Montana’s U.S. Attorney

HELENA - Billings lawyer Kurt Alme has been recommended as Montana’s next U.S. attorney, the chief federal law officer in the state, whose appointment by the president must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. U.S....

Montana electors cast votes for Donald Trump

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The three Montana members of the Electoral College cast their votes Monday for Republican Donald Trump, paying no mind to the small group of...

No Russia collusion, ‘nothing to hide,’ Kushner tells Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner answered questions from Senate investigators for hours behind closed doors Monday, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House...

MT delegation cheers insertion of forest-management language into spending bill

HELENA - Language making it easier to approve forest-thinning projects and pay firefighting costs will be in a compromise spending bill that should pass this week, the two Republicans in Montana’s congressional delegation said...