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Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing. Sen. Chuck Grassley,...

Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday. Jared Kushner has...

Montana caregivers push for wage hike for disabled services

HELENA (AP) — More than a dozen caregivers and advocates are pushing for raises for 3,000 people who provide direct care for some 5,800 developmentally disabled people across Montana. Some of the Republican lawmakers who...

Montana lawmakers vote against transgender bathroom bill

HELENA - A House committee Monday killed a bill that would have asked Montana voters to pass a “transgender bathroom” law, to require people to use locker rooms or public bathrooms that align with their...

Candidates join race for Helena, East Helena school board

(HELENA) There will be three new members of the Helena school board next year, and seven candidates have put their names forward for the May 2 election. Thursday was the filing deadline for school trustee...

Daines and AG leaders met for round table discussion

GREAT FALLS - Montana's agriculture leaders met with Senator Steve Daines in Great Falls Friday to talk about the future of the industry. A concern felt across the board was the future of trade for...

Lawmakers select 2 nominees for political practices office

HELENA(AP) — Legislative leaders ended a stalemate Friday and will forward two names for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to consider for the next commissioner of political practices to oversee the state's campaign, ethics and...

House rejects moving Montana State Parks from FWP

HELENA (AP) — The House has voted against removing Montana State Parks from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Lawmakers voted 50-49 Friday against the measure that would have given the parks division its...

Daines says Trump’s Keystone XL approval will bring ‘800’ jobs to the state

GREAT FALLS - President Trump announced Friday that his administration has officially approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. It completes the reversal of a decision made by his predecessor, Barack Obama, to block the project. The approval means that Trans-Canada...

Governor warns House bill could sink infrastructure again

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's budget director warned Friday that House Republicans' stripped-down infrastructure bill could result once again in the state failing to pass a bonding bill for public works and...

(UPDATE) Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill in humiliating loss

(UPDATE) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was...

Montana’s unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent in February

HELENA — Governor Steve Bullock announced Friday that Montana’s unemployment rate continued its downward movement in February, declining 0.1 percentage point to 3.8 percent. Associated Press reported hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared...

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate...

Montana House endorses 8-cent increase in state gas tax

(HELENA) The Montana House has endorsed a bill that would raise the state’s gas tax — for the first time in nearly 25 years — to fund road safety improvements.   Lawmakers voted 56-44 in favor...

Lawmakers hear testimony on putting locker room restrictions before voters

(HELENA) Lawmakers could ask Montana voters to decide whether people should be required to use locker rooms and other facilities based on their biological sex.   The House Judiciary Committee held an initial hearing Thursday morning...

US to approve Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national...

Tempers flare over mail-ballot bill; chairman orders spectators temporarily out of committee room

HELENA - Tempers flared Thursday over a bill to allow all-mail ballots for Montana’s May 25 special election, as the chairman of the panel hearing the bill limited testimony and then ordered the room...

Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote...

GOP House leaders go with smaller infrastructure budget bill – no large building projects

HELENA - Montana House Republican leaders plan to introduce a new infrastructure-financing bill Wednesday that’s much smaller than Gov. Steve Bullock’s plan – and that does not include any large, new building projects. The bill’s draft,...

Education advocates turn to Senate to fix budget reductions

HELENA (AP) — Education officials and advocates are pressing Montana senators to add money to the next state budget where the House wouldn't. Nearly two dozen people testified Wednesday in support of more money for...

Lawmakers considering bill to legalize raw milk sales in Montana

(HELENA) Lawmakers heard emotional testimony Tuesday afternoon from supporters and opponents of a bill to legalize the sale of raw milk. The Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committee held a hearing on House Bill 325,...

State workers and others ask for slight raise for state employees

HELENA - A pair of 1 percent raises over two years for 14,500 state employees is a fair salary boost in these tight budget times, state workers and their representatives told a Montana House committee...

Forecast predicts $106M in additional state revenue

HELENA (AP) — Legislative analysts have released a new revenue estimate that paints a rosier economic picture for Montana. The Legislative Fiscal Division forecast Monday that Montana will have $106 million more in the state's...

Trump signs bill authorizing NASA funding, Mars exploration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that updates NASA's mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for the...

Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation...