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Top MT Republicans praise new SupCo nominee and pressure Tester for support

HELENA -Top Montana Republicans are praising President Donald Trump’s nominee of Neil Gorsuch to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court – and pointedly saying they hope Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester will...

Senator: Army Corp told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Acting Secretary of the Army has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to complete the Dakota Access pipeline, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven...

The Latest: Trump nominates Gorsuch to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: 6:04 p.m. President Donald Trump has nominated federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The...

Firefighters ask lawmakers to back benefits for lung diseases

(HELENA) About 50 firefighters from around Montana came to the State Capitol Tuesday, asking legislators to support a bill providing coverage for lung diseases, including cancer. Members of the Montana State Council of Professional Fire...

Who is Trump’s high court pick? Announcement Tuesday night

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was poised Tuesday to announce his choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, one of the most consequential moves of his young administration and a decision...

Senate committee advances Zinke as Interior Secretary nominee

HELENA - A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday advanced to the floor the nomination of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to be U.S. Interior Secretary under President Donald Trump. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 16-6...

The Latest: Trump fires acting attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of an international backlash, President Donald Trump pressed into his second week in office defending his sweeping immigration ban — and then fired a Cabinet head who...

New bill would make revenge porn a crime in Montana

HELENA - A proposed bill submitted to the Montana Legislature seeks to make revenge porn a crime. Revenge porn is used to describe the electronic dissemination of pornographic images of a person without his or...

1,000+ rally in Helena against transferring public lands

(HELENA) The Montana State Capitol rotunda was packed Monday afternoon with people opposing the sale or transfer of federal lands. Scott Bosse came from Bozeman to take part in the Rally for Public Lands. He...

Fallout continues days after Trump signs immigration executive order

UNITED STATES -  Fallout continues just three days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order blocking travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. The outrage began over the weekend when thousands...

New bill would add 5 new district judges in Montana

HELENA - A string of judges, attorneys and legal groups testified in favor of a bill to add five new district judges in Montana, saying the state court system is getting overwhelmed with cases...

Lawmakers wrap up initial hearings on governor’s infrastructure bill

(HELENA) A legislative subcommittee wrapped up two weeks of hearings Friday on a $292 million infrastructure package proposed by Gov. Steve Bullock. Democratic leaders held a news conference to urge their fellow lawmakers to quickly...

Montana considers gun bills shot down in previous sessions

HELENA(AP) — Proposals to loosen gun restrictions in Montana are being revived by Republican lawmakers who are undeterred that similar bills were shot down in past legislative sessions. Rep. Randy Brodehl of Kalispell presented his...

Mexican president says he will not attend meeting with Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he will not attend a planned Jan. 31 meeting with President Donald J. Trump, hours after Trump tweeted the meeting should be canceled if...

Official: Mexico’s president ‘considering’ scrapping US trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president is "considering" canceling next week's visit to Washington following President Donald Trump's order to begin construction of a wall between the two countries, a senior official said. In a...

Senate panel introduces bills to reform criminal-justice system

HELENA -A state Senate panel Wednesday advanced a half-dozen bills designed to reduce Montana’s prison population through sentencing and probation-and-parole reforms – and the primary sponsor told MTN News she won’t be surprised if...

Gianforte officially enters the race to succeed Zinke

HELENA -Republican former gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte Wednesday officially entered the race to succeed Montana Congressman Rep. Ryan Zinke, who’s been tapped as President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary. Late Wednesday, Gianforte sent an email to...

Bullock temporarily blocks transfer of bison to Fort Peck

HELENA - Montana Governor Steve Bullock has temporarily blocked the slaughter of hundreds of bison in Yellowstone National Park. Bullock sent a letter to the Park Superintendent Daniel Wenk on January 19, 2017 stating “I...

Zinke confirmation not yet scheduled

HELENA -U.S. Senate confirmation of Ryan Zinke as U.S. Interior secretary likely won’t occur until next week at the earliest, MTN News has learned. Late Monday night, the committee considering his nomination, without explanation, postponed...

GOP not impressed with Governor’s State of the State address

HELENA -Gov. Steve Bullock Tuesday night used his State of the State address to re-pitch his proposed state budget and agenda for Montana, from state-funded preschool to his $292 million infrastructure bill. Yet the Democratic...

Judge recommends sending Montana dam dispute to state court

HELENA (AP) — A magistrate judge is recommending that a dispute over who owns the riverbeds beneath eight hydroelectric dams and a storage reservoir in Montana stay in state court. If U.S. District Judge Dana...

Governor Bullock reports unemployment rate holds steady

MONTANA - Montana's unemployment rate held steady at four percent through the end of the year. According to the Governor's Office, Montana's economy added over 4,000 payroll jobs in the fourth quarter of 2016. “Montana continues...

Trump plans to nominate Heather Wilson as Secretary of Air Force

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he plans to nominate Heather Wilson to serve as Secretary of the Air Force. If confirmed, she will be the first Air Force Academy graduate to...

Watch Governor Bullock’s State of the State Address

Watch Governor Steve Bullock's State of the State address below:

Standing Rock Tribe issues statement after Trumps signs order to move forward on pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -Following President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order advancing the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe released a statement saying it violates law and tribal treaties. The...