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Northern Plains Resource Council member and lawsuit declarant Dena Hoff outside of Missouri River Federal Courthouse on May 24, 2018.
Northern Plains Resource Council

Federal Court Hears Challenge To Keystone Pipeline Permit

Groups suing to stop the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline made their arguments in federal court in Great Falls Thursday. They’re asking a judge to void the Trump administration’s permit approving the project crossing the U.S.- Canada border.

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The Bob Show: Old Favorites And New Discoveries

It's a long way from fourth-place finish in a North Dakota talent show to the Nobel Prize in Literature in Stockholm, but it's all part of Bob. On the annual Bob Dylan Show, bits and pieces from six decades of Dylan's old favorites are analyzed.

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The Wood Brothers.
Alysse Gafkjen

The Wood Brothers: Musical Democracy And Instrumental Telepathy

From childhood, Chris and Oliver Wood grew up hearing their dad's renditions of American roots music and their mother's poetry. They both became musicians: Oliver wrote songs and formed the blues/funk/r & b/country band, King Johnson, while Chris became a jazz bassist and co-founded the avant-groove trio, Medeski, Martin and Wood.

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Regents Approve Name Change For Montana Tech

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Montana University System has changed the name of Montana Tech to Montana Technological University.

The Montana Standard reports the system's board of regents approved the name change Thursday, moving away from the Butte school's formal name of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, which it has held for about 24 years.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The coordinator of the Montana Green Party testified she did not know many of the people who submitted voter signatures to qualify the party for the 2018 ballot.

Danielle Breck of Missoula said she'd spoken with one of them and gathered some herself, but didn't know people who turned-in hundreds of signatures.

Several big coal mines in Montana and Wyoming are projected to close within the next two decades. The mines' owner, Westmoreland Coal Company, is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Grizzly bear recovery zones, distributions, and distinct population segments.
Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana — the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 — as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals.

The habitat plan released Thursday includes limits on motorized travel, recreational sites and livestock grazing.

Ethics Complaint Filed Over Gianforte Assault

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Rep. Greg Gianforte at his sentencing hearing in Bozeman, MT, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year.

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
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A federal judge in Great Falls today heard arguments in a lawsuit to overturn federal approval for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross from Alberta into Montana.

Sen. Jon Tester at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, May 15, 2018.
Eric Whitney

President Donald Trump signed a banking bill into law Thursday that Montana Senator Jon Tester played key roles in crafting and passing.

The bill rolls back some provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, that was passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to prevent something like that from happening again.

Site of the the proposed Montana Artesian Water Company bottling plant near Creston, MT.
Nicky Ouellet

A controversial water bottling plant proposed for outside Kalispell has preliminary approval from the state and county to fill and sell millions of water bottles a year. But opponents are still looking for ways to shut it down.

Flathead County Commissioners spent two hours on Thursday morning re-listening to public hearings recorded two years ago.

Northern Plains Resource Council member and lawsuit declarant Dena Hoff outside of Missouri River Federal Courthouse on May 24, 2018.
Northern Plains Resource Council

Groups suing to stop the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline made their arguments in federal court in Great Falls Thursday. They’re asking a judge to void the Trump administration’s permit approving the project crossing the U.S.- Canada border.

Demonstrators March Ahead Of Keystone XL Hearing

May 24, 2018
Keystone XL opponents gather in Great Falls, MT, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Hunter Pauli - Montana Free Press

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline gathered at Riverside Park in Great Falls on Wednesday in support of environmental and indigenous justice groups suing the U.S. government in federal court to stop the pipeline.

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