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Evening Newscast 03-24-17

Mar 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in February, compared to the national rate of 4.7 percent.

The Montana House has endorsed a bill that would allow the state Board of Investments to loan Talen Energy $10 million a year to keep two units of the Colstrip power plant running for the next five years.

A bill seeking to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy has won endorsement from the Montana Senate.

Hours before the Trump administration issued permits to resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline this morning a group on the Fort Peck reservation in northeastern Montana set out on a prayer walk to protest the pipeline.

Evening Newscast 03-23-17

Mar 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has endorsed what would be the state's first fuel tax hike in 24 years. The bill would raise the state's tax on gas by 8 cents a gallon and on diesel by 7 and a quarter cents a gallon.

A Montana official says business could suffer if lawmakers entangle the state in a national debate over bathrooms and transgender people.

Two men have filed a federal complaint saying that unlike major party candidates, they would have to gather thousands of petition signatures to run for Montana's U.S. House seat in a special election in May.

Evening Newscast 03-22-17

Mar 22, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Education officials and advocates are pressing Montana senators to add money to the next state budget where the House wouldn't… in public schools and universities. A senate committee listened to testimony today.

Republican state lawmakers are seeking to retake control of the narrative regarding public lands access.

Montana’s Historical Society has been asking state lawmakers for help to build a new building for years. In the last legislative session it narrowly missed getting the OK to issue bonds for construction. Now, a Republican lawmaker is proposing it sell off parts of it’s collection to pay for a new museum.

Evening Newscast 03-21-17

Mar 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

News broke this morning that Democratic congressional candidate Rob Quist had three liens filed against him by the state of Montana to collect about $15,000 in back taxes.

Legislative analysts have released a new forecast that paints a rosier economic picture for Montana.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote this week on a bill that would give a one-percent pay raise for state employees.

Evening Newscast 03-20-17

Mar 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Legislature is poised to pass a bill to ban Sharia and other foreign laws from being used in courtrooms in the state.

The University of Montana is surveying faculty and staff about their interest in early retirement as the university seeks to cut spending due to decreasing enrollment.

There’s some good news in the latest sampling for contaminants at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company site on the Flathead River.

That’s according to Mike Cirian with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Evening Newscast 03-17-17

Mar 17, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Glacier National Park will lift restrictions on non-motorized, hand-propelled boats this season. 

The latest tax increase proposal introduced in the Senate today, could raise the cost of beer, wine and hard alcohol.

A Kila lawmaker wants a voter referendum on whether to ban transgender people from public school and government building restrooms and locker rooms that don't match their "immutable biological sex."

Evening Newscast 03-16-17

Mar 16, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state budget bill passed the House today on a party line vote.

People concerned about the contaminated Smurfit Stone paper mill site west of Missoula are meeting tonight in Frenchtown at 6 PM.

An amendment to add $3 million to the budget to implement the state's water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes was rejected.

Evening Newscast 03-15-17

Mar 15, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House is scheduled to take up the main state budget bill Thursday and Friday.

Montana would have to spend an extra $126 million a year to continue its Medicaid expansion program under proposed legislation to replace the federal Affordable Care Act.

Montana lawmakers are considering footing the bill to defend a state senator who is being sued under the state's public records act to release her emails.

A Montana legislative committee has voted against a bill to set up a fund for firefighters who develop lung diseases as a result of their duties.

Evening Newscast 03-14-17

Mar 14, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The federal government has revoked the tax-exempt status of a group run by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

A meeting to come up with a list of candidates to nominate the state’s next Commissioner of Political Practices was canceled  this week, after Montana’s top legislative leaders couldn’t come to agreement.

The Montana House has given initial approval to a bill that would clarify that county commissioners can travel together or attend the same event without violating the state's open meeting laws.

Evening Newscast 03-13-17

Mar 13, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 3.9 percent in January, the lowest rate in nearly a decade. Officials say Montana added 2,700 payroll jobs in January.

Montana election officials say a bill that would give counties the option of holding an all-mail ballot for the special congressional election must pass before April 10th.

A Billings radio host returned to the airwaves today after apologizing for suggesting that Native Americans should have separate basketball tournaments due to unruly fan behavior.