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Reeves named as next commander at Malmstrom AFB

GREAT FALLS - Colonel Jennifer Reeves will be the next commander of 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base. She currently serves as the commander of the 381st Training Group at Vandenberg Air Force...

During Iowa visit, Bullock keeps door open for White House bid

For Montanans, it's not even close to start thinking about the 2020 presidential race. But in Iowa, it's never too early. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was in Des Moines Friday to campaign for fellow Democrats...

Tester blasts tax-reform bill in video gaining national attention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Senate continued debate Friday night on a Republican tax-reform, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., released a fiery response in a video gaining traction on social media. Tester held his copy of...

Tester, Zinke spar at Senate hearing over public lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two Montanans, Jon Tester and Ryan Zinke, faced off Thursday in the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee over funding to support public lands. Zinke, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, has proposed...

Pro and con: Refugee settlement in Montana

  (MTN News-MISSOULA) The Syrian refugee crisis has received national attention, and the dispute over whether or not to allow refugees into the United States took center stage in Western Montana on Monday. One group held...

Montana State Fund board withdraws lawsuit opposing $30M charge

(HELENA) The Montana State Fund’s board of directors has decided to withdraw a lawsuit seeking to stop the state from putting a $30 million charge on some of the fund’s investment holdings. During an emergency...

PAC operative charged with assaulting Zinke staffer

HELENA - A top staffer for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday she was assaulted last week by a man later identified as an operative for a political-action committee that’s been critical of...

Quist says health-care troubles led to financial troubles,

HELENA - Rob Quist, the Democrat candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, says more than $27,000 of unpaid debts and property taxes – which he paid off within the last year...

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...

Bill to shorten clean-power contracts opposed by solar developer

HELENA - A bill limiting the length of contracts for small, renewable power projects would undercut a $100 million-plus proposed solar-power project near Billings, an attorney for the developer says. “We are at the point right...

Former Gov. Judy Martz, Montana’s only female governor, dies at 74

HELENA – Judy Martz, the first and only woman to serve as Montana’s governor, has died at age 74. Martz, who had pancreatic cancer, died on Monday morning at her home in Rocker, west of...

Gov’s office: $70M in `triggered’ state budget cuts will occur

HELENA - As expected, the state must implement widespread budget cuts triggered by lower-than-projected tax revenue, Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director announced Tuesday. The revenue shortfall means that state spending must be cut $70 million...

L&C County Commissioner Candidate Profiles

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) Two candidates are vying for one seat to serve the more than 60,000 residents of Lewis and Clark County. Democrat Matt Elsaesser and Republican Jim McCormick are looking to...

One Montana national monument affected by Trump’s executive order

HELENA - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating the review of dozens of national monuments designated by his predecessors over the past 20 years. The only national monument in Montana subject to review...

MT GOP’ers want straight repeal of `Obamacare’; Tester, Bullock preach bipartisan fix

HELENA – As U.S. Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace “Obamacare” crashed and burned, two of the state’s top GOP officeholders said Tuesday they support a straight repeal of the health-care law...

Montana attorney helps dispel myths surrounding immigration policy

 MISSOULA - There has been much controversy surrounding the Trump administration’s decision to separate immigrant families at the U.S. border with Mexico. With all the opinions and finger-pointing from both sides of the aisle,...

Montana Legislature starts session, Bullock begins second term

(HELENA) The Montana Legislature officially started its 65th session Monday, and the state’s next group of elected officials started their terms. Temperatures hovered near zero in Helena during the morning, forcing inauguration festivities to move...

GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after post on protest violence

A leading neo-Nazi website is losing its internet domain host after its publisher posted an article mocking the woman who was killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. GoDaddy tweeted...

House GOP pushes bills to crack down on illegal immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is moving forward with legislation to crack down on illegal immigration, a priority for President Donald Trump. A bill known as "Kate's Law" would impose harsher prison sentences on...

Insurers, regulators say Montana health coverage open enrollment running smoothly

(HELENA) It’s been about five weeks since the start of the open enrollment period for Montanans who get their health insurance through the individual exchange created by the federal Affordable Care Act. So far,...

State to appeal school-choice ruling

HELENA – A state court has rejected a Revenue Department rule that said private, religious schools in Montana can’t benefit from a new state education tax credit – but the department said Thursday it...

Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke’s wife, travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate requests from Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife as she accompanied him on...

Supporters: Mail ballot bill for special election must pass before April 10

(HELENA) Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are already campaigning in the special election to replace Rep. Ryan Zinke for Congress. But less than 80 days before that election is held, a bill that...

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...

Bozeman mayor signals support for solar energy development

BOZEMAN - Bozeman Mayor Cindy Andrus is among a bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors who have signed on to a letter resolving to grow solar energy as a key part of their cities’...