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Montana’s top campaign regulator can remain until successor chosen

(HELENA) The Montana Supreme Court says the state’s top campaign watchdog’s term has ended, but he can remain in office until a successor has been chosen. Justices noted that Gov. Steve Bullock specifically appointed Commissioner...

East Helena, Lockwood residents ask for chance to build high schools

(HELENA) A bill that would let East Helena and two elementary school districts in Montana build their own high schools received no opposition during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. It’s a sharp contrast from...

Tribal chairman: Montana has always been about working together

HELENA - One of Montana’s top tribal leaders told state lawmakers Wednesday that Montanans have always worked together to solve problems facing the state – and urged them to continue that tradition. “We’ve always had that...

Judge: Federal firearms regulations trump Kansas gun law

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state — a ruling that...

Democrats and Republicans prepare bills to regulate healthcare costs

HELENA - Democrats and Republicans alike at the Montana Legislature are preparing bills to attack health-care costs – including proposals that would regulate hospital prices or publicize health-care prices to encourage competition. “Last session it...

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...