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MT Supreme Court upholds landmark campaign-finance verdict against Wittich

HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday rejected an appeal from former state lawmaker Art Wittich in a landmark campaign-finance case, upholding a verdict that he accepted illegal campaign contributions in a 2010 state...

Interior Secretary Zinke and AG Secretary Perdue to visit Lolo Peak Fire

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Interior announced Wednesday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will travel to Montana to be briefed on the Lolo Peak Fire. Zinke and Perdue will...

Public forum held for future city leaders in Helena

HELENA – Dozens of Montanans turned out to hear from their future leaders on Tuesday. At a forum hosted by the YWCA, municipal candidates answered a variety of questions. The topics ranged from discrimination and homelessness...

Trump talks unity, but detours into angry words for media

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in anger. He blamed the media for...

Trump returns to immigration issue with Arizona visit, rally

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Fresh off a speech on Afghanistan that moved him in a different direction from many of his core voters, President Donald Trump is highlighting his pledge to combat illegal immigration...

Bullock admin asks state agencies to ID additional 5 percent in budget cuts

HELENA - The Bullock administration has asked state agencies to identify an additional 5 percent in budget cuts, MTN News has learned. Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget office asked agencies to submit proposed cuts by last Friday....

Historians: Confederate emblem ‘symbol of racial terror’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Historians in Mississippi say the Confederate battle emblem is a "symbol of racial terror" that needs to be stripped from the state flag. Thirty-four professors released a statement this week saying...

Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even...

Sen. Tester advocates for wildfire fund to help offset USFS costs

FLORENCE - Wildfires continues to ravage thousands of acres of forests across the state, burning not just trees, but millions of dollars of Forest Service funding. That cost comes from crews and equipment. Mike Cole, an information...

Trump says US can’t afford quick Afghanistan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Monday night the United States must continue fighting in Afghanistan to avoid the "predictable and unacceptable" results of a rapid withdrawal from the country where the U.S....

‘A primal experience’: Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed...

VA secretary: Years before we get VA Health Care where we need it

HELENA - U.S. Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin said here Monday that improving the VA’s health-care system for veterans is one area where Congress and the Trump administration are scoring some successes. But, in a...

Judge orders Montana congressman photographed, fingerprinted

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of the congressman's mug shot to be used by political...

AP sources: Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private...

Montana’s unemployment rate holds at 3.9 percent in July

HELENA (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent in July. Gov. Steve Bullock says more Montanans are at work, wages are increasing and manufacturing is growing. The state has seen an...

Governor Bullock: Fountain memorializes a dark period in Montana’s history

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock weighed in on the decision by the city of Helena to remove a Confederate memorial fountain. Bullock issued a statement saying the fountain memorializes a dark period in Montana's history and...

Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking steps to make it easier for farmers in his state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker on Wednesday declared a 30-day "state...

Gianforte: Actions by white supremacists “un-American”

BOZEMAN - Montana's lone Congressman Greg Gianforte says the actions by white supremacists in Charlottesville are “un-American” and need to be labeled “domestic terrorism”. MTN News Political Analyst David Parker interviewed Gianforte on Thursday’s Montana...

Internal FBI surveys show high support for ex-FBI head Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite White House claims to the contrary, fired FBI Director James Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four-year tenure, according to internal survey results released...

Neo-Nazi site’s publisher says he’s got no home on internet

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist...

Residents praise correctional re-entry program, as Gov. Bullock pays a visit

HELENA - As part of a national initiative to spotlight successful correctional programs, Gov. Steve Bullock visited the Riverside Correctional Facility here – and heard nothing but praise from women in its re-entry program. “I...

Groups concerned about federal budget cuts’ effects on Montana

(HELENA) Organizations from around Montana are raising concerns about how the Trump administration’s budget proposal could affect the state. The Clean Air Montana Coalition hosted an event with several of those groups Tuesday morning, asking...

State officials present Montana flag to Navy

HELENA - The State flag that will fly over the construction of the U.S.S. Montana (SSN-794) was presented to the Navy Tuesday at the Capitol Rotunda. Currently under construction in Newport News Va., the U.S.S....

Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era

NEW YORK (AP) — The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the focus of an emotional debate in the state's Republican primary election weeks before it became a flashpoint in the...

Tester visits Malmstrom Air Force Base

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) met with leaders at Malmstrom Air Force Base on Tuesday. Tester heard about the needs and challenges the airmen face while operating older equipment. "We are in the appropriations season so...