Montana News

The Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force was established by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox in November to review how the evidence kits are handled around the state and how many of them have gone untested.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana Investigating Untested 'Rape Kits'

On Tuesday, Montana’s new Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force meets to talk about so-called “rape kits.” Those are boxes of evidence gathered from sexual assault victims to potentially be used in prosecuting their attackers.
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After Over Forty Years, The Kronos Quartet Keeps Driving The New Music Train Forward

More than forty years after he founded the legendary Kronos Quartet, violinist David Harrington's passion for string music - and his drive for nailing a live performance - is stronger than ever. Harrington recalls the origins of the pioneering quartet's vision and reflects on the diversity of musical styles represented in its huge repertoire of commissioned works.
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Cliven Bundy's Arrest Caps Years Of Calls For Government To Take Action

The defiant leader of the anti-federal lands movement, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, is now facing multiple felony charges — including conspiracy and assault on a federal officer — in the 2014 standoff at his Nevada ranch.Bundy, who inspired the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was arrested at the airport in Portland, Ore., Wednesday night, apparently on his way to Malheur.In a 32-page criminal complaint, prosecutors allege Bundy and his co-conspirators led a massive, armed assa...
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Montana Newscasts

Evening Newscast 02-11-16

14 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The aldermen in Browning voted 2-1 to begin dis-incorporating the town, but the vote failed because they needed three "yes" votes.

Missoula County Public Schools says a data breach that affected more than 1,100 students also included private information on alumni and deceased students.

A jury has ruled against a Gardiner woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers, that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.

This week an environmental group filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court in Missoula, saying that Grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak area of northwest Montana should be listed as endangered species.

Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath filed for re-election today.

Morning Newscast 02-11-16

20 hours ago
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily freeze the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock some breathing room as he campaigns for a second term.

The commissioner of political practices says Montana candidates aren't allowed to deliberately distribute campaign material to public employees' email addresses.

Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year.

A Wyoming legislative committee has defeated a bill to bar state game managers from investigating or prosecuting people for killing wolves and grizzly bears as long as the animals remain federally protected.

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The Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force was established by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox in November to review how the evidence kits are handled around the state and how many of them have gone untested.
Corin Cates-Carney

On Tuesday, Montana’s new Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force meets to talk about so-called “rape kits.” Those are boxes of evidence gathered from sexual assault victims to potentially be used in prosecuting their attackers.

There’s a week left for public comment on a proposal to remove a dam on the Yellowstone river, with the goal of preventing the extinction of the pallid sturgeon.
USFWS Midwest (CC-BY-2.0)

There’s a week left for public comment on a proposal to remove a dam on the Yellowstone river, with the goal of preventing the extinction of the pallid sturgeon. Two federal agencies are working on an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposal.

Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath filed for re-election today. McGrath is running for a second 8-year term as the leader of the state’s judicial branch. If elected, McGrath says he would address the rapidly increasing caseloads burdening Montana’s courts.

An environmental group filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court in Missoula, saying that grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak area of northwest Montana should be listed as endangered species.
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This week an environmental group filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court in Missoula, saying that grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak area of northwest Montana should be listed as endangered species.

Opinion: Protecting People And The Environment

17 hours ago

Republican/Tea Party political mantra includes phrases like “government is the problem,” “any business regulation is bad,” and we just need to “trust the marketplace” and the companies that inhabit it.

More than forty years after he founded the legendary Kronos Quartet, violinist David Harrington's passion for string music - and his drive for nailing a live performance - is stronger than ever. Harrington recalls the origins of the pioneering quartet's vision and reflects on the diversity of musical styles represented in its huge repertoire of commissioned works.

Tuesday’s Supreme Court vote to temporarily block the Obama Administration's climate change regulations is receiving praise and criticism in Montana.
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Tuesday’s Supreme Court vote to temporarily block the Obama Administration's climate change regulations is receiving praise and criticism in Montana.

Data Show Mild Flu Season In Montana So Far

Feb 10, 2016
Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year.
James Gathany (PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year.

Candidates Barred From Targeting Public Workers' Emails

Feb 10, 2016
The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office
Steve Jess

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana candidates for political office are barred from distributing unsolicited campaign material to public employees' email addresses, the state commissioner of political practices said Wednesday.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has determined that the animal seen chasing elk on Mount Jumbo last week was a domestic dog.

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