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Tester, Bullock announce $5 million funding for Montana AmeriCorps programs

MONTANA - U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock announced on Wednesday that Montana will receive a total of $5.1 million in funding for AmeriCorps programs that support conservation, health, and legal services. Tester...

Audit: State-Employee Health Clinics Can’t Document Savings

HELENA - Montana’s state employee health clinics, first opened in 2012, are popular with state workers – but the state can’t document any widespread savings from their use, a new audit says. A 55-page report from...

Interior secretary calls for quicker oil and gas permits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to increase U.S. energy production got a boost Thursday from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who pledged to streamline permitting for oil and gas drilling and hold...

No Russia collusion, ‘nothing to hide,’ Kushner tells Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner answered questions from Senate investigators for hours behind closed doors Monday, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House...

Billings attorney entering U.S. House race against Gianforte

HELENA - An attorney from Billings has become the first Democrat to file as a candidate to challenge Montana’s newest member of Congress, Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, in 2018. John Heenan registered his campaign...

AP sources: Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private...

Gov. Bullock to request 10% budget cuts from state agencies

HELENA – The Bullock administration will announce Wednesday it’s asking most state agencies for plans to cut 10 percent of their budget, to avoid deficit spending as state tax revenue flags and firefighting costs...

Federal funding for Montana community health centers could expire at end of month

(HELENA) Helena’s PureView Health Center provides medical, dental and mental health care for more than 7,000 patients every year – many of them living at or below the federal poverty level. It’s one of...

Bullock: Legislature can mitigate budget cuts by approving selected tax increases

HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock Monday said some state spending must be cut to balance the state budget, in the face of a revenue shortage – but that the Legislature could help mitigate those...

Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired...

Latest GOP U.S. Senate-race entry says he’ll talk about fed deficit, his background

The latest entry to Montana’s crowded Republican U.S. Senate primary – former state District Judge Russell Fagg – says he’ll be emphasizing his Montana roots and professional record, as he tries to distinguish himself...

Capitol Christmas Tree celebration to be held near Troy

KOOTENAI NATIONAL FOREST - In less than a week, the Montana tree selected to be displayed as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be cut down. Organizers said on Wednesday that near Troy on Nov....

GOP has votes to expand session; Shelby private prison looks like a flash-point

HELENA - Republican lawmakers said Friday they have enough signatures to expand the agenda of next week’s special session of the Montana Legislature, beyond what Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has proposed to fill a $227...

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wielded his pardon power Tuesday to spare a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster, joking that he would also let last year's turkey pardons stand despite his...

Conservation group takes after Zinke over park fees; praises Tester

BOZEMAN - A national conservation group is running TV ads in Montana opposing the Trump administration proposal raising entrance fees to national parks – and praising Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for his stand on...