Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Evening Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

A problem with the company that’s administering Montana's student achievement tests has postponed the start of the so-called “Smarter Balanced” exams.

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings.

A 74-year-old Darby-area man drowned in the Bitterroot River yesterday after the boat he and two others were in struck a submerged log, throwing all three men into the river.

Morning Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Montana senators have endorsed the only surviving bill to raise highway speed limits.

State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000 gallon oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The last-standing Medicaid expansion bill in the Montana Legislature has had a second hearing after it stalled in a different committee.

Evening Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Critics of a Montana “religious freedom” bill say that the measure would actually promote discrimination, even anarchy, if it’s passed.

Morning Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday passed a bill requiring fetuses past twenty weeks of gestation to be anesthetized before any surgery.

A House tax panel is expected to take action this week on a three-year state revenue estimate that's a compromise between the latest recommendations from lawmakers and the governor's office.

The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday approved expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, a huge new airspace for military bombers to practice.

Evening Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State Department of Revenue officials today sided against former real estate mogul Tim Blixeth, who challenged the state's tax claims.

A new study has found no evidence that forests infested with mountain pine beetles are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

A University of Montana student is recovering from a hantavirus infection that left him hospitalized for nine days.

Morning Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a bill signed by Montana's governor could pave the way to clemency for Barry Beach.

A state Senate committee has stalled in its consideration of a measure to expand Medicaid to low-income Montanans that would require they pay health care premiums and copayments.

Montana lawmakers have rejected a move designed to eliminate some of Montana's least populated counties.

Montana lawmakers are considering whether to appropriate state funds to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Evening Newscast 03-23-15

Mar 23, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Montana senators have given nearly unanimous approval to a slate of bills that would boost community-based mental health care.

A Glacier National Park ranger shot and killed a mountain lion this weekend as it fought with a park employee's dog.

Tuesday at the Montana Legislature, one state lawmaker is going on the defensive to protect the Colstrip power plant and the surrounding community.

Morning Newscast 03-23-15

Mar 23, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald will tour Montana VA facilities on March 31 and April 1.

The Legislature has passed a measure to update Montana's indecent exposure law and to include electronic transmission of images.

Medical professionals from across the country met at the University of Montana to brainstorm ideas on how to solve the health care problems of rural communities.

An auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls grossed just over $5.6 million.

Evening Newscast 03-20-15

Mar 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast, Two Republican Medicaid expansion bills got hearings in the state legislature today.

Montana regulators say they won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal, Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application.

The University of Montana says it’s been notified of a case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Missoula County. Hantavirus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and death.

Morning Newscast 03-20-15

Mar 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock had strong words yesterday for House Republicans as they continue to shut out Democratic attempts to restore programs and funding proposed in his biennial budget.

Exxon Mobil Corp. has completed $1.3 million in environmental projects as part of its settlement of water pollution violations from a 2011 pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River.

Republicans in the state House yesterday approved a two year, $10 billion spending package for state government.

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