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State marches forward on controversial new mental-health facility

https://youtu.be/LMqo1O7DuUk (MTN News-GALEN) GALEN – In the next few weeks, 54 criminally committed mental-health patients move into a new treatment facility at this remote site in the Deer Lodge-Anaconda Valley – but not without controversy.   “This had...

Republican Town Hall: CNN’s Reality Check Team inspects the claims

  CNN-WASHINGTON, DC - John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump gathered in South Carolina for CNN's Republican Town Hall on Thursday, and CNN's Reality Check team spent the night putting their statements and assertions...

WA state Senate approves bill enabling shutdown of two Colstrip plants

  (MTN News-HELENA) The Washington state Senate Wednesday approved a bill enabling the state’s largest utility to finance the eventual shutdown of two of the four coal-fired power plants in Colstrip, Mont. The bill passed on...

Montana legislative panel suspends work on clean power plan

HELENA, MT. (AP) -- A Montana legislative subcommittee has halted its work on tracking the federal Clean Power Plan. The move follows last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that put the plan on hold. After...

Tester and Daines split on whether to fill Scalia’s seat this year

(MTN News-HELENA) Montana’s two U.S. senators are split along party lines on whether the president should nominate a successor this year to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday. Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines...

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...

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Montana Supreme Court candidate profile: Dirk Sandefur

  (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) District Judge Dirk Sandefur of Great Falls announced about a year ago that he is a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court.h He has been a part of the criminal justice system in various roles...

Governor Bullock helps Riverside Builders Club make sandwiches for the homeless

  (MTN News) Some Billings students had a little help Wednesday making sandwiches for the homeless. Governor Steve Bullock dropped by Riverside Middle School to help prepare dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Bullock was invited by...

MT gov candidates’ dueling takes on economy: Who’s right?

(MTN News-HELENA) If you listen to Montana’s two leading candidates for governor, you might think they live in different states, judging from their view of the economy. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, often brags about...

Gov. Bullock takes aim at high-wage jobs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock travels to Butte Tuesday afternoon for a round table addressing the state's growing need for more health care workers. The event gives Bullock the opportunity to tout...

Edmunds abandons state auditor’s race

(MTN News-HELENA) Former state Rep. Champ Edmunds, R-Missoula, has dropped out of the race for state auditor. In a statement Sunday, Edmunds said he’s stepping aside because Montana Senate President Matt Rosendale, a fellow Republican,...

The Farm Bill Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary

(MTN News-HELENA)  2016 marks the second anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill being signed into law helping Montana farmers, ranchers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The bill helped create Montana's Forests in Focus Initiative to protect public...

GOP state senator enters 2016 race for state auditor

  (MTN News-HELENA) Republican state Senate Majority Leader Matt Rosendale, a rancher and real estate developer from Glendive, unexpectedly jumped into the 2016 state auditor race Friday. Rosendale’s entry will spice up what so far had...

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....

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...

Bullock emphasizes disaster preparedness

  (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) -  Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) emphasized the need for all Montana counties to be prepared for any emergency, as he addressed disaster and emergency services personnel in Great Falls on Tuesday. Bullock...

Pro and con: Refugee settlement in Montana

  (MTN News-MISSOULA) The Syrian refugee crisis has received national attention, and the dispute over whether or not to allow refugees into the United States took center stage in Western Montana on Monday. One group held...

Scam alert: scores of people getting bogus “IRS” calls in Montana

(MTN News-BOZEMAN)  Scores of people across Montana have been reporting what appears to a wide-spread scam attempt. People are reporting receiving an automated telephone message informing them they have a warrant issued for them for...

Greg Gianforte’s Economic Reaction

(MTN News-HELENA) Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte is less than pleased with the Governor Steve Bullock's economic report.  Gianforte issued a statement to MTN news stating that Bullock and his staff need to...

Gov. Bullock hears plenty from the public – and answers them, too

(MTN News-HELENA)  If Gov. Steve Bullock wants a taste of what’s on the public mind, he doesn’t have to go far – or even leave his office. Every day, dozens of Montanans contact the governor,...

Bullock Says Montana’s Economy is Strong

(MTN News-HELENA)  Almost a full month into 2016, Governor Bullock says the state's economy is strong and job growth has increased.  Bullock also discussed how the state can improve in important sectors. Main Street Montana...

Trump taps the right’s anger against Fox

(CNN-DES MOINES, Iowa) For nearly two decades, Republican presidential candidates have run with Fox News. Now, Donald Trump is betting that he can run against it. Trump's six-month war with host Megyn Kelly, which turned...

Gianforte stumps in Butte, criticizes “over-regulation”

  (MTN News-BUTTE) Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stopped in the Democratic stronghold of Butte on Tuesday to sit in on a Kiwanis Club meeting. Although the Bozeman businessman did not speak at the meeting, afterward he...

Protect Montana Kids Commission will hire a “critical incident manager”

  (MTN News-HELENA) Governor Steve Bullock created the Protect Montana Kids Commission several months ago in response to multiple complaints about the the handling of child-welfare cases. During a meeting of the commission on Tuesday in Helena, Sarah Corbally,...