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Evening Newscast 07-26-16

21 hours ago
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Billings Gazette is reporting a 30-acre fire was discovered at the Billings Rod and Gun Club at about 10:30 last night.

Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers want Montana regulators to require more transparency from companies about their use of "fracking" chemicals that are used to produce oil and gas.

The public is getting an additional 10 days to comment on one aspect of a proposed water bottling plant in Creston. Nicky Ouellet reports that’s because of a technical error by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Evening Newscast 07-25-16

Jul 25, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s state fire agency says it expects the Blue Lake fire burning about 10 miles SW of Ennis to be fully contained by August 6th.

Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen is asking for public input on proposed rate increases for health plans across the state.

Two Montana republican state house members today endorsed the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President.

Evening Newscast 07-21-16

Jul 21, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Three environmental groups today settled their lawsuit from 2012 over coal ash pollution at the Colstrip power plant.

Montana authorities say an Idaho man was electrocuted when his fishing rod touched a low-hanging power line.

Candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race today (7/21) booked one televised debate and are negotiating two more.

Evening Newscast 07-20-16

Jul 20, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A District Court Judge is declaring wins for both the Flathead Valley irrigators who sued to overturn the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the state of Montana, that’s defending the compact after it passed the state legislature last year.

A federal judge has sentenced a Montana man to 18 months in prison for digging ponds on land that was not his, and violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Authorities are investigating whether a fire that burned more than a square mile of farmland north of Great Falls was arson. 

Evening Newscast 07-19-16

Jul 19, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A 32 year-old military veteran from Anaconda accused of taking leadership roles in two armed standoffs involving federal authorities pleaded guilty today, and is expected to do the same with charges in Nevada, prosecutors said.

State officials say 13 Montana counties are now under drought alerts.

Democratic candidate for Montana’s seat in the U-S House Denise Juneau says her opponent’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night shows he’s more focused on his own political career than the needs of Montanans.  

MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Among the Montanans in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention is a 19-year-old delegate from Billings.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed an agreement with U.S. Forest Service officials that will allow the state to play a bigger role in managing federal forest lands. 

Conservationists threw a party Saturday (7/16) to celebrate permanent land protections in the Haskill Basin watershed east of Whitefish.

Flathead County officials have released the names of three people who were killed in a fiery crash near Kalispell. 

Evening Newscast 07-15-16

Jul 15, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's congressional race between Republican Ryan Zinke and state schools Superintendent Denise Juneau is shaping up to be a costly one. Potentially one of the most expensive to date.

Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke will deliver a speech this Monday evening at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH.

A 26-year-old Helena man has been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

Evening Newscast 07-14-16

Jul 14, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An oil company has agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges, and pay a $100,000 fine for a 2011 spill on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Montana health officials have fired two employees for giving the Social Security numbers and other personal information about 185 childcare providers to three state legislators.

A Manhattan man who saw a judge dismiss charges that he killed his wife while driving under the influence has filed a lawsuit against the investigators and prosecutors of the case.

Evening Newscast 07-13-16

Jul 13, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana has approved rules for potential grizzly bear hunts ahead of a decision by the U.S. government to remove federal protections for grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Montana’s Medicaid expansion has brought $75 million in federal money to the state since January, state officials said Wednesday.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will keep the number of wolves that can be hunted or trapped just north of Yellowstone National Park to two.

Evening Newscast 07-12-16

Jul 12, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Colstrip coal-fired power plant has agreed to shut down two of its four units by 2022, and limit how much it pollutes in the meantime under a deal with environmentalists.

The number of people without health insurance in Montana has been cut in half over the past year.

Wildlife advocates say they'll sue in an attempt to force the U.S. government to designate Yellowstone National Park bison as a threatened or endangered species.