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It’s official Zinke confirmation delayed

WASHINGTON - An attempt to move forward with Congressman Ryan Zinke's nomination as U.S. Interior Secretary failed in the U.S. Senate today. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to push through Zinke's nomination on a  "voice...

Pruitt OK’d as EPA chief over environmentalists’ objections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign...

Panel OKs increase in foster care funding, with a catch

HELENA (AP) — A legislative panel on Friday approved a $6 million increase over the next two years for Montana to deal with the growing number of children in foster care, though it kept...

Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work group meets in Bozeman

BOZEMAN - Women in Montana make less than their male counterparts, but many people across the state are making an effort to close that gap. Governor Steve Bullock held a roundtable Thursday to talk about...

Concealed-carry bill could be vetoed by Gov. Bullock

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock indicated Thursday he’s going to veto a bill that would allow anyone who legally owns a gun in Montana to carry a concealed weapon, without a permit. House Bill 262,...

Legislative panel rejects special education funding increase

HELENA (AP) — A legislative committee has voted down an increase in special education funding that had already won a floor vote in the Montana House. The measure by Democratic Rep. Kathy Kelker of Billings...

Leg proposes budget cuts to Montana’s university system

HELENA - A legislative budget panel Thursday recommended a 3.5 percent cut in Montana’s university system budget – a move that could lead to student tuition increases of more than 20 percent this fall. Yet...

House panel hears testimony on public charter school bill

HELENA - State lawmakers heard several hours of testimony Wednesday on a proposal to establish public charter schools in Montana. The House Education Committee held its initial hearing on House Bill 376, sponsored by Democratic...

State Senate unanimously backs bill to allow East Helena high school

HELENA - The Montana Senate has unanimously endorsed a bill that would let three elementary school districts, including East Helena, build their own high schools. Senate Bill 139, sponsored by Republican Sen. Duane Ankney of...

Spending bill becomes law without governor’s signature

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has allowed a legislative spending bill to become law after the state House and Senate rejected his recommended cuts. The so-called "feed bill" appropriates $11.5 million to pay...

GOP forward bills to expand concealed-carry of handguns in state

HELENA - From schools to the state Capitol to the U.S. Post Office and beyond, Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would expand where Montanans can carry concealed weapons. On Tuesday, in a nearly party-line...

Helena, East Helena boards finalize school bond proposals

(HELENA) The Helena and East Helena School Districts have both finalized plans for bond issues that will go before voters on May 2. Helena’s board of trustees voted Tuesday night to propose a $63 million...

Clues scarce after half-brother of NKorea leader killed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The astonishing assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother rippled across Asia on Wednesday as Malaysian investigators scoured airport surveillance video for clues about the two female...

MT GOP House votes to abolish state’s commissioner of political practices

HELENA - Republicans in the Montana House Monday voted to abolish the state’s commissioner of political practices, which enforces campaign laws in the state. The House voted 54-46 for House Bill 340, which would transfer...

Zinke confirmation likely not until March

HELENA - The U.S. Senate vote on whether to confirm Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as U.S. Interior secretary probably won’t occur until the end of this month or next month, MTN News has learned. Zinke’s confirmation...

House gives initial approval to limiting governor’s use of state airplane

HELENA - Montana House endorsed a bill Monday to limit the governor’s use of the state airplane for campaign activities. The 58-42 vote on House Bill 255 fell mostly on party lines, with all but...

Senate committee considers suicide prevention training for health workers

HELENA - Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee held its first hearing today on a bill to require many healthcare workers to get training to identify risk factors for suicide. House Bill 71, sponsored...

Judge denies request to halt Dakota Access pipeline work

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order halting construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge...

Advocates ask lawmakers to support suicide prevention measures

HELENA - Advocates gathered in Helena Friday afternoon to call on lawmakers to pass a group of bills intended to help reduce Montana’s suicide rate. The Montana chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention...

Bill to abolish death penalty killed in House committee

HELENA - The House Judiciary Committee Friday voted 10-9 to kill the measure to abolish Montana’s death penalty and replace it with life-in-prison-without-parole. Ten Republicans on the panel voted to table House Bill 366, while all...

New bill would increase gas tax

HELENA - A Republican lawmaker from Kalispell said Friday he’ll be introducing a bill to increase the state gasoline tax by 8 cents a gallon, to bolster diminishing state highway-construction funds. “As a career public-safety guy,...

New bill would increase state fuel tax

HELENA - A bill increasing Montana’s state fuel tax, to replenish Montana’s dwindling state highway account, will be introduced next week by a Republican lawmaker, the state transportation director said Thursday. Mike Tooley said the bill...

Daines meets with Gorsuch Thursday

WASHINGTON - U.S.  Senator Steve Daines met with Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday. Daines' office released a statement following the meeting saying he and Gorsuch discussed topics ranging from the second and fourth amendments...

Tester meets with President Trump; discusses Gorsuch & more VA exemptions

HELENA - Democratic Senator Jon Tester met with President Donald Trump at the White House as part of a bipartisan conversation along with nine other senators. President Trump called the meeting to discuss the upcoming vote...

Bill to create state fund for paid family, medical leave gets hearing

HELENA - Montanans who had to leave their jobs because of health issues or family needs gathered at the State Capitol Thursday to support a bill creating a paid family and medical leave program....