Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Evening Newscast 05-21-15

May 21, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana Senator Jon Tester hopes Wednesday’s 10-hour filibuster over the Patriot Act will convince his colleagues that the controversial law needs a full Senate debate.  

A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snow Montana saw this year, draining the state of water needed to prevent and fight worsening drought conditions.

The Montana Board of Regents today took up a proposal to change the name of the University of Montana School of Law. University of Montana President Royce Engstrom brought the proposal before the Board of Regents, to decide whether to name the law school after its biggest donor - Alexander Blewett III.

Evening Newscast 05-20-15

May 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Great Falls trial lawyer is giving the University of Montana law school $10 million, and the school is one step away from being re-named in his honor.

A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land.

Evening Newscast 05-19-15

May 19, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Wisconsin man was fined more than two thousand dollars Monday for accidently killing a grizzly in Northwest Montana.

Fish biologists are blaming a fungus called sapprolegnia for low brown trout numbers in the Clark Fork River downstream of Warm Springs Ponds.

Evening Newscast 05-18-15

May 18, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, local police, County Sheriffs, and the Montana Highway Patrol are putting extra patrols on the road from now through Memorial Day.

Montana's elected officials from the governor to district judges will receive pay raises starting July 1.

Evening Newscast 05-15-15

May 15, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a federal appeals court has dismissed part of a lawsuit that seeks to allow only Republican voters to participate in Montana's GOP primaries.

Two Vermont women are seeking to start a class-action lawsuit for people who borrowed money from an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe.

A restoration plan for the Upper Clark Fork Basin's largest wetland is now up for public review.

Montana wildlife officials are considering stricter regulations in an effort to reduce the chances of Canada lynx being caught in traps set for other animals outside Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says a January oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana did not affect paddlefish.

Beset by power plant closures and changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle, a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

Montana wildlife officials are considering cutting bobcat quotas across a broad swath of central and northern Montana.

Evening Newscast 05-14-15

May 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock says while he did veto three Republican tax relief bills, the measure to provide a tax break to industry for installing pollution control equipment is different.

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.

A former Missoula County sheriff's deputy is suing the county, the sheriff and other county officials saying she was fired for political reasons.

Morning Newscast 05-14-15

May 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state Supreme Court has revived the case of a woman who says it's unfair for hospitals to charge different rates to treat insured and uninsured patients.

Montana will spend about half-a-million dollars annually to assemble a team to oversee management of sage grouse.

A new law will allow rideshare firms like Uber to operate in Montana, but some taxi drivers say it does not include enough regulation.

Montana wildlife officials think they have hit on the right formula in regulating wolf hunting and trapping season.

Evening Newscast 05-13-15

May 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state Supreme Court has revived the case of a woman who says it's unfair for hospitals to charge different rates to treat insured and uninsured patients.

The Governor’s Conference on Aging wraps up Thursday, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease, and the effect it’s having on society.

Montana will spend about half-a-million dollars annually to assemble a team to oversee management of sage grouse.

A new law will allow rideshare firms like Uber to operate in Montana, but some taxi drivers say it does not include enough regulation.

The Chouteau County sheriff's office is investigating after a Michigan couple reported being assaulted and left unconscious in the Bears Paw Mountains in north-central Montana.

Morning Newscast 05-13-15

May 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Dartmouth College and Stanford University violated Montana campaign laws last fall.

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic Diocese and a Catholic school say a Montana teacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock was a ministerial employee who can't sue for discrimination.

The U.S. oil industry is challenging new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail.

Evening Newscast 05-12-15

May 12, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Dartmouth College may be looking at a substantial fine for violating Montana’s campaign finance laws.

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic Diocese and school say a Montana teacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock was a ministerial employee who can't sue for discrimination.

Morning Newscast 05-12-15

May 12, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, U.S. Department of Justice officials says the Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found gender bias in how the city responds to reports of sexual assault.

Montana lawmakers have instituted a new state law that reflects a national GOP initiative to boost private education options.

The University of Montana will see a budget shortfall of $5.7 million for the upcoming year, according to figures provided at the most recent campus budget committee meeting.

Evening Newscast 05-11-15

May 11, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: U.S. Department of Justice officials today said the Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found gender bias in how the city responds to reports of sexual assault.

The University of Montana will see a budget shortfall of $5.7 million for the upcoming year, according to figures provided at the most recent campus budget committee meeting.

Beginning June first, it will cost more to visit Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service announced Monday that the entrance fee will increase to $30 per vehicle. The current fee is $25. The pass is good for seven days.

A new judge is presiding over court cases in Missoula and Mineral counties after Judge Ed McLean retired April 30.

The number of elk in the Bitterroot Valley continues to grow. A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist counted more than 8,000 elk in the valley and surrounding mountains during a five-week period this year. Last year, she counted about 7,400 during the same time.

Morning Newscast 05-11-15

May 11, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Public Radio, a shooting in Hamilton has left one man wounded and another man in custody.

The number of elk in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana continues to grow.

A Helena teenager has pleaded guilty to stealing a donation box and silver bowl from the Cathedral of St. Helena in January.

The National Park Service is preparing a draft environmental study of how to handle increasing traffic along Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road.

Evening Newscast 05-08-15

May 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, an estranged husband who shot and killed his television news director wife and a family friend before turning the gun on himself, died early today.

The University of Idaho says it won't graze sheep this summer on three high-elevation areas in eastern Idaho and western Montana until a lawsuit filed by environmental groups concerning a federal sheep research facility is resolved.

People in Montana who are out of work because of domestic violence will soon be able to get the same unemployment benefits as others who lose their jobs.

Morning Newscast 05-08-15

May 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, three Republican tax relief bills have died at the pen of Montana's democratic governor.

Montana water users are being told to brace for early and below-average snowmelt runoff this spring.

State officials are looking to alternative firefighting resources due to the above-average wildfire season predicted for Montana and throughout much of the West.

Evening Newscast 05-07-15

May 7, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, state officials are looking to alternative firefighting resources due to the above-average wildfire season predicted for Montana and throughout much of the West.

Author Jon Krakauer told a Missoula audience last night that he was “surprised” that townspeople didn’t like the name of his new book: Missoula, Rape and Justice in a College Town.

The mother of three killed an apparent double homicide in Missoula last night is being remembered as kind, compassionate and inspirational.

Morning Newscast 05-07-15

May 7, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, two people are dead and a third is injured after a shooting in a house at Missoula house yesterday evening.

Author Jon Krakauer was in Missoula last night, at a packed house forum to talk about his new book: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

The governor has signed a bill to close the Montana Developmental Center and move most of the 53 people with severe intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, and personality disorders to community-based settings.

Evening Newscast 05-06-15

May 6, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montanans' property can still be seized if police suspect it's connected to criminal activity, but now it has to be returned if they can't get a conviction.  That hasn't always been the case. Montana's civil asset forfeiture law was reformed this week with a stroke of Governor Steve Bullock's pen.

A Montana judge has agreed to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed by his former court reporter and plans to resign on Jan. 1.

With no fanfare, Governor Steve Bullock late this afternoon signed Senate Bill 411, which calls for the closure of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.   Some families of M-D-C clients has opposed the closure, as had Boulder community leaders and the union representing the center’s 250 staff.

Tribal leaders from across Montana gathered at the state capitol today as Governor Steve Bullock signed two bills designed to preserve native languages.

Libby mayor Doug Roll says there are no big surprises in the Environmental Protection Agency's preferred asbestos cleanup proposal. EPA released the draft plan Tuesday. It calls for leaving some of the deadly material in places like walls or underground where it presents minimal risk of human exposure.

Morning Newscast 05-06-15

May 6, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana's governor has vetoed a bill he says would have created a task force to study the transfer or sell-off of public lands.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it can't remove all asbestos that presents a potential health risk to people in Libby.

Police in Havre say three Montana State University-Northern students were badly injured in a weekend stabbing at an off-campus apartment.

Evening Newscast 05-05-15

May 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the Environmental Protection Agency says it can't remove all asbestos that presents a potential health risk to people in Libby.

Speed limits on rural interstate highways in Montana will increase to 80 mph this fall, but the cost of a speeding ticket will go up, too.

Montana's top education official said on Tuesday the state is unlikely to reach the required participation rate in student achievement tests this year.

Montana's governor vetoed a bill Monday he said would have created a task force to study the transfer or sell-off of public lands.

Morning Newscast 05-05-15

May 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a cleanup proposal for Libby calls for leaving some of the dangerous material in place rather than removing it.

The remains of six Montana veterans will go to their final resting place next month, in the state veterans cemetery at Fort Harrison.

Firefighters from multiple agencies have contained wildfires on 50-70 acres of land about 15 miles northwest of Helena.

Evening Newscast 05-04-15

May 4, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the federal government's point man on grizzly bears says the Yellowstone ecosystem's grizzly population should be removed from the endangered species list.

The unclaimed remains of six Montana veterans will be interred next month at the state veterans’ cemetery, after being found in storage at a crematory in Great Falls.

Morning Newscast 05-04-15

May 4, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the chief executive of Montana's largest mining company says he's determined to be the industry's "last man standing" after recent price drops have hit commodities ranging from gold and copper to oil and coal.

The state of Montana has agreed to buy about 100 acres from a Lincoln couple who sued, saying construction of a mine waste repository in the upper Blackfoot River drainage entitled them to compensation.

Evening Newscast 05-01-15

May 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The Obama administration says it has concerns about provisions in Montana's new law to expand Medicaid, but it is willing to work with the state to overcome them.

Work will soon be underway at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company facility. Glencore, the firm which owns the site, hired an Oregon-based salvage company to demolish the shuttered plant site along the Flathead River.

A former basketball coach at Lone Peak High in Bozeman has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge in exchange for a recommended 15-year prison sentence.

A health care consulting firm says about six percent of Montana's rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure.

Morning Newscast 05-01-15

May 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana Republican Party claims a non-profit group from Billings broke election laws during the 2014 campaign season.

U.S. senators from six states want the government to charge companies a fee to ship oil and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars involved in numerous fiery explosions.

The governor has announced that actor Jeff Bridges and a national nonprofit have contributed an additional $40,000 to the Montana No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Evening Newscast 04-30-15

Apr 30, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has posted on its website the names of former priests and other employees who were accused of sexually abusing children.

The former Butte Central music teacher and band director has denied charges that he provided alcohol to students during a state basketball tournament in Hamilton and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

Morning Newscast 04-30-15

Apr 30, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana lawmakers went home this week having secured a budget proposal and passing a typical amount of legislation.

Republican lawmakers joined Democratic Governor Steve Bullock as he signed Medicaid expansion into law in Montana yesterday.

U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are asking Congress to approve a water rights settlement with the Blackfeet tribe that's been in the works for more than three decades.

The governor has signed a bill to expand Medicaid eligibility to thousands of low-income Montanans.

Evening Newcast 04-29-15

Apr 29, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, backers of Medicaid expansion celebrated in Helena today as Governor Bullock signed the bill extending the health coverage to an estimated 45,000 more Montanans.

After several years and a long bumpy road to passage, Governor Steve Bullock today signed a bill into law to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income Montanans.

Republican lawmakers joined Democratic Governor Steve Bullock as he signed Medicaid expansion into law in Montana today/yesterday. Eric Whitney reports from Helena.

Morning Newscast 04-29-15

Apr 29, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, one issue remaining from the Montana Legislature is a bill to phase out the Montana Developmental Center.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says although he's disappointed in the small group of state lawmakers that he said didn't want to get anything done on infrastructure, people shouldn't lose sight of "all the good" that came out of the legislative session.

Police say illegal drugs were being manufactured in a house that exploded in Billings last week, critically injuring three men.

Evening Newscast 04-28-15

Apr 28, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state legislature adjourned this morning, and while legislative leaders and the governor say they’re disappointed that the statewide infrastructure bill failed, they say there are major accomplishments from the 2015 session.

Officials in Chouteau County have identified the man who was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 87 near Loma.

A man has been arrested after apparently "liking" a Crimestoppers Facebook posting that listed him as one of Cascade County's "most wanted" in April.

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