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Real ID Act takes effect in January; state working on extension

HELENA - A new law going into effect next year will allow Montanans the option to purchase a state ID that’s compliant with the 2005 Federal Real ID Act. Montana is one of only four...

Montana starts collecting marijuana provider taxes; few cash payments so far

(HELENA) For the first time, the Montana Department of Revenue is collecting taxes on medical marijuana providers’ sales. Providers have until Oct. 15 to pay taxes on what they sold in July, August and September....

Tester announces funding for Butte veteran home

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced today funding for a proposed veterans’ home in Butte has made it into the spending bill that is expected to be voted on by the Senate...

Former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens dies of cancer at 90

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens has died of cancer in Kalispell. She was 90. Stephens was First Lady from 1989-1993 while her husband, Stan Stephens, was governor. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home...

Political practices chief confirmed in whirlwind 24 hours

HELENA (AP) — Montana lawmakers on Thursday confirmed "one of our own," as one senator put it, as the next commissioner in charge of making sure they follow campaign laws and of enforcing any...

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...

House to vote on health care bill Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote Thursday on GOP legislation to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, as Republicans finally aim to deliver on seven years of campaign promises that helped...

Few details revealed on MSP warden’s dismissal

HELENA - The state’s top corrections official said Monday he had unspecified “concerns” that he couldn’t ignore about former State Prison Warden Michael Fletcher – but declined to reveal further details about the warden’s...

Bill to provide licenses for traditional tribal bison hunts gets final approval

HELENA - Montana lawmakers have given final approval for a bill to provide limited licenses to state tribal groups for the traditional hunting of wild bison. House Bill 108 sponsored by Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point) passed...

Bernie Sanders to campaign in MT for Quist

MISSOULA - It was just over a year ago that then-Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders stopped in Missoula and spoke to thousands at Caras Park. Now, Sanders is returning to the Garden City as well...

Montana’s GOP Congressional members support Trump on Iran deal pull-out

HELENA - The two Republican members of Montana’s congressional delegation praised President Trump’s decision Tuesday to pull the United States out of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear development. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines called the agreement...

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...

Trump eagerly confronts tricky politics of natural disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy. Now, President Donald...

State launches new website to help businesses impacted by wildfires

MONTANA – To address and help minimize the economic impact of wildfires, Governor Steve Bullock announced a new collaborative effort between state agencies, businesses and communities. Through the partnerships, a website was launched to help businesses...

Montana Legislative Services prepares for special session with limited staff

(HELENA) With a special state legislative session scheduled to start next week, the Montana Legislative Services Division is already working to be ready when lawmakers arrive in Helena. Executive director Susan Fox said Legislative Services...

Arntzen tours Hellgate HS construction site to promote skilled trade

MISSOULA - Hellgate High School Building Trades students and the Missoula Building Industry Association had the opportunity to take a construction tour with State School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen on Tuesday. Hellgate is one of several...

Guam fliers offer emergency tips for threat from North Korea

Officials in Guam are disseminating fact sheets to help residents prepare for a possible missile strike from North Korea. Guam's Office of Civil Defense began distributing the guidance Friday, which includes tips on building an...

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...

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...

Eco-group billboard blitz to greet Interior chief in Montana

HELENA (AP) — Environmental groups plan to crash the homecoming in Montana next week of President Donald Trump's Interior Department secretary with billboards, television ads and speeches to pressure him on issues from national...

Northern Cheyenne Tribal president says court order to keep him from office is moot

LAME DEER -- The newly elected president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was inaugurated Monday, but on Tuesday, he was served with an order that prevents him from taking office until a complaint filed...

Trump says US can’t afford quick Afghanistan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Monday night the United States must continue fighting in Afghanistan to avoid the "predictable and unacceptable" results of a rapid withdrawal from the country where the U.S....

Senate Republicans confident in $200 million rainy day fund

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Senate has given final approval to a $10.3 billion budget for the next two years, but lawmakers still haven't decided how much to set aside in reserves. Republicans in both...

Health advocates back proposal to raise Montana’s cigarette tax

(HELENA) Health care advocates gathered at the State Capitol Monday morning to support an effort to increase Montana’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack. Groups like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the...