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Appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Bullock’s infrastructure package clears budget panel – long way from finish

HELENA - Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s $200 million-plus infrastructure package cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday, winning endorsement from a Republican-controlled budget panel. But lawmakers on both sides acknowledged that House Bill 14 won’t face final...

Senate committee advances bill to recognize Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians

(UPDATE) -  The Tribe released Thursday that Senate bill S39 passed through the Indian Affairs committee Wednesday. It is the fourth time it has passed. The Tribe said, "It means we now need a House bill to...

Proposed change: Columbus Day to Montana Heritage Day

HELENA - Montana lawmakers are considering changing the name of Columbus Day to Montana Heritage Day. Advocates of House Bill 322, including Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy (D-Box Elder), said part of the effort is about correcting misinformation about...

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Construction of the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline has begun, and the full system should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said...

Trump slams the courts, his court nominee hits back

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's extended criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke Wednesday from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator that the president's comments were "demoralizing and disheartening." Judge...

Army grants permission to finish Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Army on Wednesday granted the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline formal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way...

DAPL protesters uncertain as pipeline completion gets the green light

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - The Army on Wednesday granted the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline formal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for...

Senate confirms Sessions for attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration despite fierce Democratic opposition to the Alabama Republican over his record on civil rights and...

Daines in middle of political firestorm after gaveling down Sen. Warren

HELENA - Montana’s Republican U.S. senator, Steve Daines, found himself in the middle of a political firestorm Wednesday, in the wake of gaveling down fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren for comments she made during the...

US Senate committee supports tribe recognition

  BILLINGS (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would give federal recognition to Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians following a decades-long effort. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved...

Draft language for bond is to build three new schools

HELENA - Helena School Trustees met Tuesday afternoon at the May Butler Center to look at the draft language for bond that would help build three new elementary schools in the Helena Area The district...

Daines and Tester divided on DeVos nomination

MONTANA - The Senate confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary on Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. Montanans are divided on the announcement. Democrat U.S. Senator Tester released...

Bill eliminates hunting, fishing privileges for unpaid child-support

HELENA - Montanans who don’t pay their child support could be denied hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, under a bill presented Tuesday by Republican state Sen. Mike Lang. Lang, of Malta, told the Senate Judiciary Committee...

House endorses bill to stop dumping mentally ill patients

HELENA (AP) — The Montana House has given initial approval to a bill to stop the state releasing mentally ill patients from the Montana State Hospital into the streets or to homeless shelters. Democratic Rep....

Tester meets with U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch

MONTANA - On Monday, Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester met with President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch was nominated by Trump at the end of January to fill...

Senate has confirmed DeVos as education secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice...

Former Montana attorney general Mike Greely dies at 76

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Former Montana Attorney General Mike Greely has died. He was 76. Winston Greely says his father died unexpectedly on Jan. 26 at his family cabin on the Missouri River. A memorial...

Travel ban lifted but for how long? Court must decide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota are telling a federal appeals court that restoring President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would "unleash chaos again." The...

Protesters rally to oppose immigration executive order

HELENA - Over 200 people braved the cold Friday to protest in Downtown Helena against President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions restricting immigrants and refugees and his plans for a border wall. Protesters held signs...

Senate committee approves bill to limit patients’ air ambulance costs

(HELENA) A bill to protect Montanans from extremely high air ambulance bills cleared a Senate committee with unanimous support Friday morning.   The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Issues Committee approved Senate Bill 44, after members...

State superintendent Arntzen shares priorities in State of Education address

(HELENA) Montana’s top school official laid out her agenda before state lawmakers Friday afternoon.   Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen delivered her first State of Education address, just over a month after taking office.   Arntzen asked...

Montana House kills mug shot bill after sponsor opposes it

HELENA(AP) — The Montana House has rejected a bill over the release of mug shots after the bill's sponsor took the unusual step of urging lawmakers to kill it. Republican Rep. Frank Garner of Kalispell...

Summit to address Montana’s meth problem planned for later this month

HELENA - It destroys Montana families, clogs up the courts and overcrowds the jails, and now the state legislature wants to do something about the meth problem. Two state lawmakers are calling for a...

APNewsBreak: Deal allows Yellowstone bison slaughter

BILLINGS (AP) — A deal disclosed Thursday will allow the mass slaughter of hundreds of wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park, while sparing 25 animals that American Indian tribes want to start new...