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MT Sen. Daines’ 2018 agenda: Forest reforms, border security, attacking meth

HELENA - While Congress has another budget deadline approaching, Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines says he’s focused on longer-term economic and national-security issues – including fortifying the border against a tide of illegal drugs. “Meth...

State agrees to release meth evidence in child-protective cases

HELENA - State health officials agreed Tuesday to give prosecutors certain methamphetamine-related evidence acquired in child-neglect investigations – after facing stiff criticism at a legislative committee, for their earlier refusal to do so. A Department...

Mayor Collins gives first State of the City address

HELENA - After being sworn in earlier this month, Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins gave his first State of the City address Monday night at the weekly city commission meeting. Collins highlighted the successes and goals...

Bullock orders internet providers to accept net neutrality to win state contracts

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock has signed an executive order requiring internet service providers to commit to net neutrality if they want to receive state contracts. Bullock made the announcement Monday morning, in front of...

Businesses file lawsuit to invalidate $30M work-comp funds transfer

HELENA - A group of businesses filed suit Monday to invalidate and block the transfer of nearly $30 million in state workers’ compensation funds meant to help balance the Montana state budget. The lawsuit, filed...

Military spouses react to government shutdown

Last Friday, the Senate failed to move forward with a short-term spending bill, which caused the government to shut down on the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. “When they reopen the government, we’ll continue the discussion,”...

What’s next for Montana now that federal government has shut down?

WASHINGTON- Now that Congress failed to pass a budget funding proposal Friday, most nonessential parts of the federal government are shutting down. For Montana, that means restricted access to national parks and the closure of...

As fed gov’t shutdown looms, political finger-pointing escalates

HELENA - As the federal government headed toward a possible shutdown Friday, political opponents of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pointed fingers at him and other Democrats, saying they’re to blame. Meanwhile, Montana’s Republican U.S. senator,...

Broadwater County Sheriff files for re-election

TOWNSEND - Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan has announced his intent to run for re-election. Meehan filed for office this week in Townsend. The sheriff's 21-year public safety career includes working as a firefighter, a detention...

Montana DPHHS close to releasing final permanent medical marijuana rules

(HELENA) Montana regulators say they’re almost ready to implement new permanent rules on the state’s medical marijuana industry. The Montana Legislature’s Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee got an update on the state marijuana...

Bullock administration estimates fed tax cuts will cost state $20m

HELENA - The Bullock administration Thursday issued its final estimate on how federal tax cuts will impact state tax revenue, saying the new law will cost the state budget $20 million through June 2019. State...

Medicaid expansion enrollment in MT passes 91K

HELENA - Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, enacted in 2016 to provide government-funded health coverage for low-income adults, is now covering more than 91,500 people, state heath officials said Thursday. Speaking before a legislative committee, state...

Northern Cheyenne Council members argue Killsback’s inauguration was invalid

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council said Monday's inauguration of L. Jace Killsback as tribal president is invalid. Council members Dana Eaglefeathers, Waylan Rogers, and Vernon Small maintain that a tribal judge issued a...

Former Montana legislator sentenced to prison for dealing meth in Billings

BILLINGS - Montana legislator turned drug dealer Michael Lange learned at his Thursday sentencing hearing that he will spend a lengthy amount of time in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Billings. Michael Lange, 57,...

Republicans in MT delegation support short-term budget fix

HELENA – Montana’s two Republican members of Congress said Wednesday they’ll support a GOP budget plan to keep the federal government open past Friday – including the re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. Yet...

Montana DPHHS lays out plans for taking over case management for those with developmental...

HELENA - Leaders with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services now believe they will be able to maintain targeted case management services for 3,600 Montanans with developmental disabilities. Four nonprofits – Helena...

Northern Cheyenne Tribal president says court order to keep him from office is moot

LAME DEER -- The newly elected president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was inaugurated Monday, but on Tuesday, he was served with an order that prevents him from taking office until a complaint filed...

National Parks advisory group quits, complains about lack of meetings with Sec. Zinke

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A majority of members on a panel assigned to designate national landmarks and historical sites is bailing out, resigning over complaints they’ve never been able to meet with Interior Secretary Ryan...

Rep. Gianforte visits students at Manhattan Christian School

 GALLATIN COUNTY - A special guest visited a government class at Manhattan Christian School Monday morning to discuss his daily life as Montana’s congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Montana) was...

Gianforte: Tax plan will benefit Montanans

US Representative Greg Gianforte joins Dr. David Parker to weigh in on the recent tax reform and how it will impact Montanans. The congressman also talks about net neutrality and what new rules could...

Helena district judges file for re-election

HELENA- Campaign 2018 kicked off on Thursday with a string of candidates filing for local and statewide office. Also in the running this year are two of Helena's four district judges. Judge Mike Menahan, a former...

Helena mayor Collins: Trump’s reported statements on African countries “bigoted,” “uncalled-for”

(HELENA) Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins said he was shocked by reports that President Donald Trump made vulgar statements while discussing immigration from Africa. “We are talking about someone who’s representing the United States of America,...

Incumbents first to file in Lewis and Clark County elections

HELENA - At 8 a.m. Thursday, the Lewis and Clark County elections office started accepting candidates filing to run for six county positions in this year’s elections. First in line was Sheriff Leo Dutton, filing...

Two Democratic legislative seats in Helena feature high-profile primary contests for 2018

HELENA – Starting Thursday, candidates can file to run in 125 legislative seats in Montana in 2018, as Republicans and Democrats get ready for their biennial battle this fall for control of the Legislature. But...

Montana medical marijuana regulators, advocates respond to federal enforcement changes

(HELENA) States that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use – including Montana – are facing new uncertainty. The U.S. Justice Department has decided to end a policy discouraging federal prosecutors from filing...