Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's evening newscasts bring you headlines from across Montana.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in Browning Friday to transfer the first payment of what is expected to be $470 million agreement for water-related projects on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The first grizzly bear hunt in the lower 48 states in more than 40 years could happen in Wyoming this fall.

Gov. Steve Bullock says $200,000 in emergency energy assistance funding will be released to eligible families on three Montana Indian reservations hit hard this winter.

The newly-appointed head of the U.S. Forest Service says the agency faces "hard truths" about harassment and retaliation in its ranks following the departure of her predecessor amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Concerns over aquatic invasive species have led Yellowstone National Park officials to ban the use of felt sole boots or waders and to set a boating season during which watercraft inspections will be available.

The Wyoming Legislature has passed a proposal to collect a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

The economic benefits of Montana’s Medicaid expansion outweigh it costs to the state, according to a study released Thursday by researchers at the University of Montana.

Two University of Montana students have been arrested after a clerk and a customer were injured in a shooting at a convenience store near the campus. 

Evening Newscast 03-07-18

Mar 7, 2018

A judge has ordered three bison activists arrested in Yellowstone National Park to be detained until at least Monday. 

The U.S. Senate has begun its review of a bipartisan measure from Democratic Montana Senator Jon Tester that the sponsors claim would encourage economic growth in rural America, called the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act."

Tennessee Republican Senator, Lamar Alexander, is lead sponsor of a new bill to increase park infrastructure funding using revenue form energy production on federal lands and offshore drilling. 

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed Monday.

The Montana Standard reports that two Butte natives, Pat Dudley and Ray Rogers, are establishing a $35 million medical training center in uptown Butte to bolster hands-on healthcare in rural areas in the U.S. and beyond.

On campus Tuesday night, a University of Montana researcher will share some of his findings on the detrimental health effects of smoke.

Algae growth is increasing on Montana's famed Smith River and scientists don't know why, so they're turning to the public for help.

A Helena attorney wants to change Montana's constitution to explicitly ban non-U.S. citizens from voting in elections, a measure that one immigrant-rights advocate called an attempt to stoke anti-immigration sentiment ahead of midterm elections.

The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment.

Plans President Donald Trump’s made to place new tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum Thursday have rattled Montana’s agriculture sector.