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Hundreds of school walkouts on Columbine Anniversary call for gun-law reform

Students from hundreds of schools across the country began a wave of walkouts Friday morning in a unified voice for tougher gun laws. The protests come on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine...

All Montana E. coli cases from romaine lettuce found in Western MT

MISSOULA - Health officials are offering up some safety advice after several Montana confirmed cases of E. coli linked to the multi-state outbreak associated with cut romaine lettuce. There have been a total of seven...

Montana native tried to save passenger sucked out of Southwest flight

 BILLINGS - A former Montana woman lived through the nightmare of Southwest Flight 1380 Tuesday and played a key role the horrific story. Hollie Mackey was sitting next to the woman who died from injuries...

Montana launches REAL ID ad campaign in Billings

BILLINGS - Montanans will need a REAL ID to board an airplane in about 2-1/2 years. To help state residents prepare, the state is working on a campaign to educate people about REAL ID. The Montana...

Wyoming school district will ‘proceed cautiously’ with new gun policy for teachers

CODY, Wyo. - Teachers in the Park County School District can now carry guns on school property, but school officials don't yet know how many will choose to jump through the necessary hoops to...

Tester surpasses $11m in campaign funds; three Republicans near $1M each

HELENA - Three of the potential Republican challengers to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester are near or past the $1 million mark in campaign funds this year – but their totals stand in stark contrast...

Interior watchdog report: Zinke travel ‘generally followed’ policy

A new inspector general report has concluded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel customs "generally followed" policy. Zinke has faced scrutiny over his travel after reports that he had used military and private aircraft, in addition...

In first quarter, GOP Rep. Gianforte out-raises all Democrats combined

HELENA - Former land-trust director Grant Kier and Billings attorney John Heenan continue to be the top fundraisers among the six Democrats trying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Gianforte this year. But Gianforte, who’s running...

Several cases of E. coli illness in Montana linked to romaine lettuce

State and local public health agencies in Montana are investigating several reports of E. coli O157 illnesses linked to chopped romaine lettuce sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma, Arizona. Three cases in...

Trump announces airstrikes on Syria

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the United States military — in conjunction with France and the United Kingdom — to launch strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by...

Montana PAC admits campaign violations, fined $30k

HELENA - A Montana political-action committee has admitted to violating campaign laws in the 2012 election – and will pay a $30,000 fine. State Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan on Friday announced a settlement...

Dems for MT U.S. House seat: Who will emerge from crowded primary field?

Part one: Part two: In a field that includes three attorneys, two former state legislators and a geologist, the six Montana Democrats who want to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte have perhaps one thing in...

Illinois billionaire’s PACs buying ads promoting MT GOP Senate candidate Rosendale

HELENA - In the past three months, political-action committees bankrolled by an Illinois billionaire have spent $1.2 million on radio and TV ads in Montana, promoting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. The so-called “Super...

National Park Service formalizes $5 price increase in entrance fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Faced with thousands of critical comments, the National Park Service is scrapping a proposal to aggressively hike park entrance fees. Per-car prices at Glacier, Yellowstone and other National Parks will increase...

Montana Ag Network: Ranchers demand reform of Endangered Species Act

Leaders in Montana’s ranching industry are in Washington, D.C., this week working on federal issues that are impacting their operations and way of life. They’re meeting with other livestock producers from across the nation as...

Bullock touts economic impact of Medicaid expansion

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock Wednesday touted a report outlining the economic impact of Montana of expanded Medicaid – and said it’s “critical” that the program be continued past next year. The expansion, which is...

Tester: Facebook privacy rules ‘maybe intentionally’ complex so users won’t read them

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester questioned whether Facebook failed in its responsibility to protect user data while questioning the social network's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, at a hearing Tuesday. Tester, a Montana Democrat, was one of 44...

Governor Bullock celebrates Equal Pay Day

HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock and his staff, along with leadership at Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co, spoke about progress for the Equal Pay For Equal Work Montana Task Force on Tuesday. The task force reports...

Superfund cleanup in Anaconda is now a national priority

ANACONDA - Superfund cleanup in Anaconda is now a national priority. “You may not have been on the top rung of the ladder up until now. You’re now on the top rung of the ladder...

Gianforte continues statewide tour in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) is touring Montana talking to businesses about a tax act he voted for in December. The new tax law cuts rates for taxpayers at every income level,...

More border patrol, not National Guard, needed in southwestern U.S., says former New Mexico...

BILLINGS - As the former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson knows a few things about the challenges of a border state. "What we need is more border patrol agents, more technology at the border...

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 discusses education funding in Great Falls

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) hosted a press conference in Great Falls on Thursday to talk about funding for public education. Great Falls Public School officials, teachers, and parents gathered to learn more about what...

Report: Zinke’s name floating in Iowa as possible 2024 presidential candidate

First Steve Bullock, now Ryan Zinke? A polling firm has been calling Republican voters in Iowa to test the name recognition of Zinke, the current Department of Interior secretary and former Montana congressman, according to...

Energy leaders meet in Billings to discuss fossil-fuel industry future

BILLINGS - Leaders from the area's fossil fuel industry lobbied Congressman Greg Gianforte Thursday in Billings for help navigating federal regulations. The discussion focused on what changes can be made, specifically to federal processes, to...