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Gov. Bullock hears plenty from the public – and answers them, too

(MTN News-HELENA)  If Gov. Steve Bullock wants a taste of what’s on the public mind, he doesn’t have to go far – or even leave his office. Every day, dozens of Montanans contact the governor,...

Governor’s budget includes new taxes on wealthy, marijuana

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is proposing a budget that would increase spending by 1.4 percent over two years and look to bolster flagging revenues...

Bullock announces free tuition for Billings students enrolled in dual credit courses

(MTN News-BILLINGS) It will now be easier and less expensive for high school students to get their foot in the door of higher education. At a media event at the Billings Career Center, Gov. Steve Bullock and educators...

Top Montana Republicans gently embrace Trump

HELENA -Montana’s top Republicans say they’ll be supporting Donald Trump for president – although perhaps not with great enthusiasm. But at least two of them told MTN News they’re adamant about one thing: Defeating Hillary...

Sanders, Trump win Montana primaries

  MISSOULA, Mont. (AP)  Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Montana, claiming a late victory over rival Hillary Clinton on the night she claimed victory in the race for their party's nomination. Sanders...

Zinke wins re-election to US House

(WHITEFISH, MT) November 9, 2016 - This evening, Ryan Zinke won a decisive victory for his second term as Montana's sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Zinke defeated democrat Denise Juneau by...

Montana’s Primary Election Results 2016

Montana voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide presidential, gubernatorial, and legislative candidates for the 2016 election. Here are the current results for several key races; for any races that are not listed below,...

State marches forward on controversial new mental-health facility

https://youtu.be/LMqo1O7DuUk (MTN News-GALEN) GALEN – In the next few weeks, 54 criminally committed mental-health patients move into a new treatment facility at this remote site in the Deer Lodge-Anaconda Valley – but not without controversy.   “This had...

Trump supporters gather outside MetraPark Arena

  (MTN News-BILLINGS)  Dozens of people had already gathered early Thursday morning outside the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark where Donald Trump is scheduled to speak. The first three people in line included two men from Canada who...

Missoula preps for Bernie Sanders rally

MISSOULA -Lots of people got a jump start on the Bernie Sanders rally at Caras Park in Missoula on Wednesday morning.Hundreds of people lined up downtown before they were admitted into the event at...

Breckenridge tapped as replacement Montana Libertarian candidate

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (HELENA) Montana leaders have selected the state's new Libertarian candidate for Montana's sole Congressional seat. This comes following the death of former candidate Mike Fellows, who was killed in...

Governor Steve Bullock participates in the Special Olympics Torch Run

(HELENA) It was windy, chilly and rainy morning on Monday at the headquarters of the Montana Highway Patrol. Despite the gloomy weather it did not dampen spirits in the Special Olympics Torch Run. Law officers and supporters gathered on...

Sen. Bernie Sanders to rally in Missoula before Billings

MISSOULA -Before he makes his trip to Billings, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will begin the day in Missoula Wednesday, May 11. Doors open at 10 a.m. to "A Future to...

Billings psychiatrist concerned as suicide hotlines double in 24 hours following Election Day

(MTN News-BILLINGS) The day after Americans elected the nation's 45th president, calls, and texts to suicide hotlines nearly doubled, according to data from a nationwide crisis hotline.A Billings child psychiatrist said those numbers are frightening,...

Montana’s legislative auditor is retiring

HELENA, Mont. (AP)  Legislative Auditor Tori Hunthausen is retiring in June after nearly 29 years with the Legislative Audit Division. The auditor oversees and directs the independent, nonpartisan audits of state agencies, including the Montana...

Motl asks judge to remove Wittich from office, for campaign violations

      HELENA -Montana’s top political cop Friday asked a judge to throw the book at Bozeman state Rep. Art Wittich for violating campaign laws in 2010, saying Wittich should be removed from office and fined...

Scam alert: scores of people getting bogus “IRS” calls in Montana

(MTN News-BOZEMAN)  Scores of people across Montana have been reporting what appears to a wide-spread scam attempt. People are reporting receiving an automated telephone message informing them they have a warrant issued for them for...

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...

Democratic presidential race tops Montana election ballot

HELENA, Mont. (AP)  Montana voters will play a role in deciding whether Hillary Clinton sews up the Democratic presidential nomination, and they are expected to rally behind presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. The primary election...

Bernie Sanders brought his message to a large, loud Billings crowd

Twenty-two minutes after 7 p.m., Sen. Bernie Sanders took center stage at the Montana Pavilion in Billings on Wednesday. Thousands lined up outside for hours awaiting his speech, many coming from beyond Billings to see...

Trump tells Montana: `We’re going to win’ – and Supreme Court is top issue

(MTN News-HELENA) Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in his first campaign stop in Montana, told a cheering crowd in Billings that “we’re going to win” – and that the most important election issue...

Montana Supreme Court candidate profile: Dirk Sandefur

  (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) District Judge Dirk Sandefur of Great Falls announced about a year ago that he is a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court.h He has been a part of the criminal justice system in various roles...

Former head of Montana Public Defender system alleges age discrimination

  BILLINGS-Montana’s former Chief Public Defender has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Bureau against the Office of the Public Defender for alleged age discrimination. Randi Hood, who claims to have more than 35 years...

Funeral for a Statesman: Memorial services for former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns

BILLINGS -A funeral service was held Friday for former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. About 1,000 people attended the service, including all of Montana's congressional delegation and...

Protect Montana Kids Commission will hire a “critical incident manager”

  (MTN News-HELENA) Governor Steve Bullock created the Protect Montana Kids Commission several months ago in response to multiple complaints about the the handling of child-welfare cases. During a meeting of the commission on Tuesday in Helena, Sarah Corbally,...