Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 04-28-15

Apr 28, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana lawmakers have adjourned the 64th Legislative session three days early and without passing an infrastructure bill that has been a sticking point for days.

Max Baucus, the U.S. Ambassador to China, is scheduled to speak at the University of Montana's graduation ceremony on May 16.

Park County sheriff's officials say two women had to be rescued after they got stuck in a snowdrift on the Beartooth Highway, which is still closed this time of year.

Morning Newscast 04-27-15

Apr 27, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, two University of Montana pharmacy students are OK after the massive earthquake that struck Nepal and left more than 3,700 people dead.

A growing movement to transfer federal land to state control in western states is being debated in Montana and other states.

The search for an 8 year old girl who fell into the river while playing at Headwaters State Park continued yesterday after rescuers failed to find any sign of her on Saturday.

The low winter snow pack may have some positive consequences for some outdoor enthusiasts.

Morning Newscast 04-24-15

Apr 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a Montana judge who was censured by the state's high court for his comments about a 14 year old rape victim has been chosen for a lifetime achievement award by his local bar association.

Two earthquakes, a magnitude 4.1 and a 4.2 jolted north Idaho last night, with residents from northeastern Washington to northwestern Montana saying they felt the tremors.

Gov. Steve Bullock today plans to approve a tribal water use agreement that has been decades in the making despite a lawsuit challenging the pact.

Evening Newscast 04-23-15

Apr 23, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state Legislature has passed a proposal to phase out the Montana Developmental Center, by a final vote of 44-6 in the Senate today.

In other news from the capitol, lawmakers on Thursday brought the state employee pay plan back into the state budget.

A man charged with striking and killing a Cascade County deputy during a police chase is seeking new defense attorneys.

Morning Newscast 04-23-15

Apr 23, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the legislative committee charged with finding a compromise on a two year state budget bill is meeting at this hour after days of closed-door negotiations.

The governor has signed a measure he says will make Montana elections the most transparent in the nation.

Blackfeet tribal leaders have joined with environmental groups, other American Indian tribes and the band Pearl Jam to campaign for the cancellation of oil and gas leases near Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 04-22-15

Apr 22, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst lashed out at Author Jon Krakauer today, saying his book about sexual assaults in Missoula released yesterday contains, quote, “many factual errors.

The Montana Attorney General's office is asking a state judge to dismiss a lawsuit intended to stall the Flathead tribal water compact.

Morning Newscast 04-22-15

Apr 22, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana has finally joined every other state in the nation with the signing of an anti-bullying law.

A handful of Montana representatives have reversed their votes and overturned a proposal to allow residents of small school districts to establish their own high schools.

Senator Jon Tester wants to reduce the number of student tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Bullock Signs Bully Free Montana Bill Into Law

Apr 21, 2015
Jackie Yamanaka

Local school districts in Montana are charged with coming up with a process so their students can report bullying at school and have those complaints formally addressed.

Evening Newscast 04-21-15

Apr 21, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed the Bully Free Montana Act into law on today at Jefferson Elementary in Helena.

Senator Jon Tester wants to reduce the number of student tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Montana's unemployment rate dropped point-two percentage points in March to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since October 2007.

The Montana House voted to suspend its rules and accept a bill to hire an outside investigator to examine allegations of abuse at the Montana State Hospital.

Morning Newscast 04-21-15

Apr 21, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a Montana Senate Committee has voted against confirming Jonathan Motl as Commissioner of Political Practices.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s office has fired its former public information officer for lying.

A Thompson Falls man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of neglecting an elderly man with dementia and illegally gaining ownership of his money and property.

Author Jon Krakauer’s new book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is released today.

Evening Newscast 04-20-15

Apr 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Tuesday sees the release of Author Jon Krakauer’s new book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s office has fired its former public information officer for lying.

A federal judge in Helena ordered developer Tim Blixeth back to jail today, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from a Mexico resort sale.

Morning Newscast 04-20-15

Apr 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Jon Krakauer's book about campus rape will be in bookstores tomorrow, and national media outlets already are running stories about it.

A new law enacted this year by the Montana Legislature clarifies when hunters must tag animals they successfully take in the state.

A family farm advocacy group ranks Montana as the seventh-best state in being committed to locally produced foods.

A 30 year old Columbia Falls man has died in an ATV crash near Eureka.

Evening Newscast 04-17-15

Apr 17, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's Evening Newscast: A fire at an automobile salvage yard near Somers sent thick plumes of black smoke throughout the Flathead Valley this afternoon.

Missoula residents are also seeing smoke this afternoon from a controlled burn at Blue Mountain, west of the city. The Lolo National Forest reported, quote, “beautiful” results from the prescribed fire on their Facebook page a few hours ago.

Montana’s compromise Medicaid expansion bill came a step closer to becoming law today.

Today at the state Legislature, the Senate Finance and Claims Committee passed a bill to increase prices on hunting tags.

Morning Newscast 04-17-15

Apr 17, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the largest and last of seven Montana tribal compacts has passed out of the state Legislature and will soon move to the U.S. Congress for authorization.

Technological glitches aren't stopping most of Montana's school districts from administering tests linked to Common Core.

Republican representatives have advanced a proposal to provide tax credits for anyone who donates to certain educational programs, both public and private.

Evening Newscast 04-16-15

Apr 16, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, bills on education funding and human trafficking both advanced at the legislature today, and moved to within one vote of going to the Governor’s desk.

Technological glitches aren't stopping most of Montana's school districts from administering tests linked to Common Core.

Morning Newscast 04-16-15

Apr 16, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday debated and approved the Flathead Reservation water compact.

A measure requiring more disclosure surrounding campaign donations has passed the Legislature and is headed to the governor for his signature.

Missoula's Samantha Moore thinks she may know why Montana produces so many AmeriCorps volunteers; more than any other state according to new data from the federal agency that runs the program.

As expected, the state House rejected the Senate's work on the state's main budget bill.

Evening Newscast 04-15-15

Apr 15, 2015
Josh Burnham

    

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the Montana House narrowly approved the Flathead Reservation Water Compact after more than three hours of debate on the House floor.

A measure requiring more disclosure surrounding campaign donations has passed the Legislature and is headed to the governor for his signature.

Morning Newscast 04-15-15

Apr 15, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the proposed Flathead Water Compact will come up for a vote in the Montana House today.

Gov. Steve Bullock is ramping up fundraising for his 2016 campaign.

The final deadline to file state and federal tax returns is now just hours off.

A state Senate panel has approved a plan to keep certain sex offenders from living near children.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass a bill yesterday that would create a two-year study on the Office of the State Public Defender.

Evening Newscast 04-14-15

Apr 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the proposed Flathead Water Compact will come up for a vote in the Montana House tomorrow.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal game wardens killed six bighorn sheep that escaped from the National Bison Range over concerns that they could have been exposed to pneumonia.

Federal land managers plan a summer roundup of wild horses from Montana's Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range to curb the size of its herd.

Morning Newscast 04-14-15

Apr 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, at the state legislature yesterday, a Republican-led House panel voted down the Flathead water compact, but that doesn’t mean the bill is dead.

The final pieces of a Republican plan to expand mental health care are approaching approval in the Legislature.

The Montana Legislature has passed a bill to join every other state in outlawing bullying.

The Montana Democratic Party has appointed Nancy Keenan as its new executive director.

Evening Newscast 04-13-15

Apr 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Republican-led House panel voted down the Flathead water compact, but that doesn’t mean the bill is dead.

Also in legislation, lawmakers passed a bill Monday to join every other state in outlawing bullying.

The Montana Democratic Party has appointed Nancy Keenan as its new executive director.

Morning Newscast 04-13-15

Apr 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state House Judiciary Committee held a rare Saturday hearing on the Flathead tribal water rights this weekend.

Government scientists say a warming climate could significantly reduce the amount of greater sage grouse habitat in portions of Wyoming, a key stronghold for the troubled bird species.

A 28 year old Bozeman skier has died after being swept over a rock face by a small avalanche in Gallatin County.

The Bonner School superintendent has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a family member.

Evening Newscast 04-10-15

Apr 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The fight to stop Medicaid expansion in Montana isn’t over yet. Republicans in the state house are trying a new approach to stopping the bill that the House approved yesterday.

Capitol Reporter Steve Jess has an update on today's House Rules Committee meeting over the Medicaid expansion bill.

The Montana House endorsed a bill that would require health insurance companies to offer coverage plans that do not cover elective abortions.

Montana representatives passed a bill that would request the federal government to pay Montana 5% of all public land sales.

Morning Newscast 04-10-15

Apr 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a Medicaid expansion proposal that has been called the most conservative in the nation.

Montana senators have endorsed a budget to fund state services for the next two years.

Senators have turned away a proposal to repeal federal Common Core standards from Montana's public education system.

Montana lawmakers are slated to hear public testimony on a proposed water deal concerning the Flathead Reservation.

Evening Newscast 04-09-15

Apr 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75.

The Montana House has passed the hotly-contested Medicaid expansion bill. MTPR's Steve Jess followed the debate at the capitol.

Friday at the state Legislature, lawmakers will hear about a bill that would change who investigates false medical marijuana claims, and ups the penalties.

Morning Newscast 04-09-15

Apr 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, despite two days of political maneuvering by opponents, a Medicaid expansion bill will come up for debate and vote in the Montana House today.

Veterans seeking care at Montana's largest VA hospital experience more long delays than the national average despite pledges by senior officials to cut down on wait times.

Evening Newscast 04-08-15

Apr 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Medicaid expansion bill is still alive at the Montana legislature. It will be voted on by the full House of Representatives tomorrow afternoon.

State lawmakers debated reproductive rights today.

The Ravalli County commission is trying to find someone who can track down former county treasurer Valerie Stamey.

Morning Newscast 04-08-15

Apr 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, one of the biggest bills in this year’s Montana Legislature remains in limbo.

Montana senators are contemplating a fee system to pay for repairs to pedestrian trails around the state.

The Montana Senate has voted down a proposal that would have punished people who watch, not organize, animal fights.

The company responsible for a 30,000 gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River will try to remove its breached pipeline today as regulators investigate the cause of the accident that contaminated downstream water supplies.

Evening Newscast 04-07-15

Apr 7, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Democratic leadership at the state legislature is trying to revive a compromise Medicaid expansion bill on the House Floor

Former Montana Governor Tim Babcock died Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

A 24-year-old man has acknowledged stabbing a well-known photographer and philanthropist to death in downtown Billings.

Poor weather may have played a role in a small airplane crash that killed a Canadian pilot in MAHR County in March.

Morning Newscast 04-07-15

Apr 7, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a judge has heard closing arguments in the city of Missoula's effort to gain ownership of the water company that serves its residents.

U.S. safety officials say tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months.

A Montana man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering after prosecutors said his companies ran up $70 million in unauthorized charges on phone bills across the nation in a "cramming" scheme.

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