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Judge hears arguments in Dems’ lawsuit to toss MT Green Party from the ballot

HELENA - Witnesses for the state Democratic Party presented evidence Tuesday that the party says should disqualify certain signatures used to place the Green Party on the 2018 ballot in Montana – enough to...

Tester wants to determine validity of allegations against VA nominee Jackson before decision

HELENA - Sen. Jon Tester said Tuesday lawmakers must determine the validity of “concerning” allegations against President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, before taking further action on...

East Helena high school bond would bring changes for taxpayers, East Helena & Helena...

HELENA - On May 8, voters in the East Helena School District will make the final decision on whether to build a high school of their own. The district’s board of trustees is proposing a...

Hundreds of school walkouts on Columbine Anniversary call for gun-law reform

Students from hundreds of schools across the country began a wave of walkouts Friday morning in a unified voice for tougher gun laws. The protests come on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine...

U.S. Senate candidate’s hunting-license citation morphs into full-blown criminal case

HELENA - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing says he didn’t falsely portray himself as a resident when buying in-state hunting licenses for the past half-dozen years – and can’t believe the issue has...

Bullock touts expanded Medicaid at Montana forum

BILLINGS - Gov. Steve Bullock led a roundtable Thursday in Billings on a new study touting the benefits of expanded Medicaid in Montana. The message from RiverStone Health: Montana's expanded Medicaid program is returning huge...

Montana launches REAL ID ad campaign in Billings

BILLINGS - Montanans will need a REAL ID to board an airplane in about 2-1/2 years. To help state residents prepare, the state is working on a campaign to educate people about REAL ID. The Montana...

Democratic House candidate Moss pulls plug on campaign

BILLINGS - The field of Democratic candidates jockeying to challenge U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte narrowed from six to five on Wednesday. Lynda Moss, a former state senator from Billings, told Last Best News she has...

NorthWestern focuses on renewable resources at meeting

BUTTE - Renewable resources were the focus of NorthWestern Energy’s electricity supply resource planning meeting on Wednesday in Butte. However, the company also wanted to show how all energy resources are needed to power Montana. “It...

Signature-gathering will begin on initiative to raise tobacco taxes and extend Medicaid expansion

HELENA - A proposed ballot measure that would increase state tobacco taxes and extend Montana’s expanded Medicaid program for 94,000 low-income adults has been approved for signature-gathering. A coalition of supporters also plans to kick...

Broadwater Health Center leaders asking for increased property tax levy to fund maintenance

HELENA - Each year, Townsend’s Broadwater Health Center serves more than 1,000 emergency room patients. Others come in for the other services offered, from radiology to rehabilitation. “We’re beginning to see more and more people...

Bullock declares emergency for Montana counties affected by flooding

Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order on Wednesday declaring a state of emergency due to flooding in seven counties, on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation, and in the town of Chester. The executive order...

Wyoming school district will ‘proceed cautiously’ with new gun policy for teachers

CODY, Wyo. - Teachers in the Park County School District can now carry guns on school property, but school officials don't yet know how many will choose to jump through the necessary hoops to...

Montana group launches campaign to opposed so-called ‘bathroom bill’ initiative

BILLINGS - A coalition fighting against another so-called bathroom initiative in Montana has launched its effort to oppose it. The Free & Fair Coalition said Tuesday in Billings that I-183 is targeted at Montana's transgender...

Tester surpasses $11m in campaign funds; three Republicans near $1M each

HELENA - Three of the potential Republican challengers to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester are near or past the $1 million mark in campaign funds this year – but their totals stand in stark contrast...

Interior watchdog report: Zinke travel ‘generally followed’ policy

A new inspector general report has concluded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel customs "generally followed" policy. Zinke has faced scrutiny over his travel after reports that he had used military and private aircraft, in addition...

MT Attorney General Fox reveals he had colon-cancer surgery

HELENA - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox revealed Monday that he had a cancerous section of his colon surgically removed less than three weeks ago – and that he’ll undergo chemotherapy for further cancer...

In first quarter, GOP Rep. Gianforte out-raises all Democrats combined

HELENA - Former land-trust director Grant Kier and Billings attorney John Heenan continue to be the top fundraisers among the six Democrats trying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Gianforte this year. But Gianforte, who’s running...

Montana Innocence Project reacts to decision in 1994 murder convictions

MISSOULA - It took seven years from the time the Montana Innocence Project first took a look at the case of Paul Jenkins and Freddie Lawrence, who were convicted of the 1994 murder of...

Trump announces airstrikes on Syria

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the United States military — in conjunction with France and the United Kingdom — to launch strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by...

Montana PAC admits campaign violations, fined $30k

HELENA - A Montana political-action committee has admitted to violating campaign laws in the 2012 election – and will pay a $30,000 fine. State Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan on Friday announced a settlement...

Democratic candidates for U.S. House debate in Billings

 BILLINGS - All six Democratic candidates vying for their party's nomination for Congress debated at the Babcock Theatre in Billings Thursday night. All are hoping to emerge from the upcoming June 5 primary as their...

Gov. Bullock touts preschool program during Kalispell visit

KALISPELL - Some preschool students in Kalispell had a special visitor stop by for lunch on Thursday -- Governor Steve Bullock. The Democrat visited Flathead Valley Community College to highlight the benefits of high-quality early...

Dems for MT U.S. House seat: Who will emerge from crowded primary field?

Part one: Part two: In a field that includes three attorneys, two former state legislators and a geologist, the six Montana Democrats who want to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte have perhaps one thing in...

Former ASARCO lands up for sale in East Helena

EAST HELENA - The Montana Environmental Trust Group (METG) is preparing to sell off large swaths of land in East Helena for development. Cynthia Brooks, East Helena Director of Cleanup and Redevelopment, said Thursday METG...