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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.

Evening Newscast 11-15-16

Nov 15, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Republican legislative leaders are calling the budget Montana Governor Steve Bullock released today unrealistic in a time of declining revenues. Demonstrators across the nation Tuesday, Nov. 15, rallied against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Officials say an Oregon man who died after falling into a scalding Yellowstone National Park hot spring was looking for a place to "hot pot," the forbidden practice of soaking in one of the park's thermal features.

Evening Newscast 11-14-16

Nov 14, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

The newly elected Republican leaders of the Montana Legislature say the upcoming session will be focused on a tightening state budget. County election offices were scheduled to start counting provisional ballots Monday afternoon. About 80 people gathered on the north steps of the capitol today to let Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox know they don't like Montana police being sent to help with security around the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Evening Newscast 11-10-16

Nov 10, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Glacier National Park officials have temporarily closed boating on park lakes as a precautionary response to the discovery of larvae from invasive mussels in Montana waters for the first time. Authorities are taking steps to revoke the probation of Barry Beach, a convicted murderer, who was granted clemency last year then jailed this week for a felony violation. A trio of 13-year-olds made an initial appearance in Youth Court on charges they were involved in a break-in and arson fire that...

Evening Newscast 11-09-16

Nov 9, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

This morning, Governor Steve Bullock won a second term, and secured the Democrats' 12-year hold on the governor's office for another four years by defeating Republican challenger Greg Gianforte. Montana voters may have successfully reversed severe restrictions state lawmakers imposed on medical marijuana, but patients will have to wait nearly eight months before they can step into a dispensary again. The Gallatin County sheriff says he might not take four deputies to North Dakota, as he’d planned, to help law enforcement officers keep the peace during the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

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