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Proposed voter-initiative on transgender bathroom use ready for signatures

HELENA - A proposed initiative to prohibit transgender people from using the public bathroom or locker room of their choice in Montana has been approved for signature-gathering – the first step toward placing it on...

I-176 battle continues in Flathead County

(MTN NEWS-HELENA) The battle to get a measure banning medical marijuana onto the ballot is now in the hands of a judge in Flathead County. Judge Heidi Ulbricht held a hearing Friday morning on a...

Republican Town Hall: CNN’s Reality Check Team inspects the claims

  CNN-WASHINGTON, DC - John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump gathered in South Carolina for CNN's Republican Town Hall on Thursday, and CNN's Reality Check team spent the night putting their statements and assertions...

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...

MT Senate advances lower fuel-tax increase for the state

HELENA - A Senate committee Tuesday evening advanced what could be the Legislature’s final version of a bill increasing state motor-fuel taxes to bolster road construction in Montana, but not before scaling back its...

MTN coverage across the state of Montana (video)

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push();   (HELENA)  Decision 2016 ends tonight, and polls in Montana are open for another three hours.  MTN has reporters across the state with the candidates biggest races.  Watch the...

Penalty in campaign case: Must Rep. Wittich be removed from office?

HELENA - A judge now must decide the penalty for Bozeman state Rep. Art Wittich, for receiving illegal campaign contributions in 2010 – and that penalty could be removal from office, a fine, or both. District...

Governors look to talk to Pence about GOP health care plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. governors say the latest Republican health care overhaul is dominating private conversations at their summer meeting, and they plan to talk to Vice President Mike Pence about it. Pence and...

Bill would let East Helena, other K-8 districts build high schools

(HELANA) The Montana Legislature will once again consider a bill to let three elementary school districts, including East Helena, build their own high schools.   Senate Bill 139 is sponsored by Republican Sen. Duane Ankney of...

(UPDATE) Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill in humiliating loss

(UPDATE) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was...

Montana churches counsel acceptance of Syrian refugees

(MTN News-HELENA)  While anti-immigrant rallies and meetings are grabbing headlines in Montana, large swaths of the state’s faith community are asking members to welcome the few Middle Eastern refugees who may eventually come here. “They’re...

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...

Another Republican gunning for Tester’s seat – and, his wife is running, too

HELENA – Another Republican has announced that he’s running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester next year – and, his wife is challenging Tester as a Democrat. James Dean, an Air Force veteran and...

Bowe Bergdahl judge begins deliberating sergeant’s sentence

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge on Thursday began deliberating the punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after defense attorneys asked for no prison time while prosecutors sought more than a decade...

GOP leader says NRA-backed gun bill shelved indefinitely

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders called for unity and prayer Tuesday after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, but offered no new legislation to tighten gun laws and said a bill to...

CIA releases 470,000 more files from bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never-before-seen video of Osama bin Laden's son and potential successor was released Wednesday by the CIA in a trove of material recovered during the May 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaida...

Lewis & Clark County Commissioners pass resolutions for special election

HELENA - Lewis and Clark County Commissioners unanimously passed several resolutions to Thursday concerning the upcoming special election for Montana’s U.S. House seat. The first resolution requested a mail ballot election. The request is contingent...

MT GOP leader, county officials at odds over mail-ballot proposal

(HELENA) The chairman of the Montana Republican Party is sparring with some county officials over a proposal to let them hold mail-ballot only elections to select Rep. Ryan Zinke’s replacement in Congress. The disagreement revolves...

Armenian delegates visit Great Falls to learn about government

GREAT FALLS - A group of delegates from Armenia are touring Montana to get a closer look at how state government works. On Tuesday, they met with members of the Great Falls Rotary Club to speak about their...

US Interior secretary tours hotly contested Utah monument

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an aerial tour Monday of one of America's newest and most hotly contested monuments — one of 27 he's been ordered to review by...

More than 500K Montanans voted in the 2016 General Election

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in state history, more than 500,000 Montanans voted in a general election. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says voter turnout for Tuesday's election was 504,409, or just...

Defense chief says US must keep all 3 parts of nuclear force

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he has become convinced that the United States must keep all three parts of its nuclear force, rather than eliminate one,...

Trump’s brief Twitter outage prompts cheers, concerns

Some cheered and others raised concerns when President Donald Trump's Twitter account, a mouthpiece for the U.S. presidency, mysteriously went dark for a few minutes this week. "My Twitter account was taken down for 11...

PSC sets contract terms for Billings solar farm; advocates say it won’t work

HELENA - State regulators have approved a rate and contract terms for a large, proposed solar-power project north of Billings, but the developer says the terms make the project “a real challenge.” The Public Service Commission...

MT ACLU challenges proposed bathroom initiative

HELENA - On Monday, the ACLU of Montana challenged a proposed initiative that would prohibit transgender people from using the public bathroom or locker room that corresponds with their gender identity. Last week Initiative 183 was...