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Evening Newscast 12-01-16

15 hours ago
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom is stepping down effective December 31st, as the university continues to face declining enrollments and budget cuts.

An audit of the Office of the State Public Defender found the agency doesn't know how much money criminal defendants owe the agency, and that the office is not trying to collect the money while facing a three and a half million dollar budget shortfall. 

Workers who lost their jobs when the Weyerhaeuser Company shuttered its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls are now eligible to apply for federal benefits.

Evening Newscast 11-30-16

Nov 30, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Gov. Steve Bullock's budget proposal for the next two years includes a 10 percent cut for the Montana Highway Patrol — a 7.7 million dollar reduction that would mean the loss of 27 jobs, most of them troopers.

Modular homes that are left over from the boom in the Bakken oilfields will soon be helping house people in Missoula.

Gov. Steve Bullock declared a natural resource emergency today following the detection of aquatic invasive mussels in the state.

Evening Newscast 11-29-16

Nov 29, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Two bulls on a Beaverhead County ranch have tested positive for brucellosis.

The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says he expects visitor numbers to continue to grow but that he's gotten better at managing the crowds.

A defense attorney says a mentally disabled Colorado man serving a 100-year prison term in a Montana teacher's murder should be transferred to the custody of state mental health officials.

Evening Newscast 11-28-16

Nov 28, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Montana Representative Ryan Zinke is considering a 2018 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jon Tester.

An attorney for a newspaper and an advocacy group will try to persuade a federal judge to strike down a 14-year-old court order that made settlement talks on Butte's ongoing mining waste cleanup confidential.

The federal government released rules today designed to help states improve schools and narrow achievement gaps.

Evening Newscast 11-23-16

Nov 23, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

The federal government this week rejected Montana’s request to further delay implementation of the Real ID Act.

The Office of The Commissioner of Higher Education says UM needs to further reduce its faculty and staff numbers to match its lower enrollment numbers.

Montana's commissioner of political practices says state wildlife officials violated ethics laws by allowing the Montana Trappers Association to use state equipment to campaign against a ballot measure in 2014.

Evening Newscast 11-22-16

Nov 22, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Missoula employees will now be able to take six weeks of paid maternity leave.

A state lawmaker who was found to have accepted illegal corporate campaign contributions has appealed his $68,000 fine to the Montana Supreme Court.

A Republican state lawmaker has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit alleging his refusal to support certain bills during the 2015 Legislature got him fired from a sales job he'd held for more than 15 years.

Evening Newscast 11-21-16

Nov 21, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

A representative of a company seeking to mine for gold near Yellowstone National Park says a halt on new mining claims in the area appears designed to sink the project.

The state commissioner of political practices rejected an ethics complaint against Governor Steve Bullock, saying it was filed too late, did not state a potential violation of ethics law, and that its unlawful release was clearly an attempt to embarrass the governor as he sought re-election.

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters backed off from another potential confrontation with law enforcement Monday afternoon.

Evening Newscast 11-18-16

Nov 18, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will visit Montana Monday to make an announcement about public land conservation near Yellowstone National Park.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment held steady at 4.3 percent in October, compared to the national rate of 4.9 percent. 

An attorney for Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl says Motl will dismiss an ethics complaint filed against Governor Steve Bullock next week. 

Evening Newscast 11-17-16

Nov 17, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Montana Department of Corrections director Mike Batista says he will step down, as Governor Steve Bullock meets with his cabinet members about whether they will remain for his second term.

A legislative committee is recommending the state spend a million dollars on suicide prevention efforts over the next two budget years.

Wildlife officials have moved one step closer to removing the Yellowstone grizzly population from the Endangered Species Act by approving a future conservation strategy.

Evening Newscast 11-16-16

Nov 16, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

It was a big day for the Blackfeet tribe today.

Wednesday morning, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a negotiated settlement with an energy company to cancel oil and gas leases in the Badger Two Medicine area considered sacred to the tribe.

The Blackfeet water rights compact passed out of a key House committee Wednesday, moving next to the full House.

A Blackfeet woman who led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian trust funds will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor.

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