Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 06-11-15

Jun 11, 2015
Josh Burnham

On today's morning  newscast: the daughter of the man police hold responsible for Sunday's murder-suicide in a Montana log cabin says her father was in denial about having mental health problems.

Starla Shannon says she's convinced her father, Augustine "Mike" Bournes, had an undiagnosed mental illness that turned dangerous.

A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze in the atmosphere from the burning of coal in Montana for electricity consumed across the Pacific Northwest.

A Montana man on probation for running a scam involving fake children's programs is being investigated for allegations of raising money for a fake documentary.

Evening Newscast 06-10-15

Jun 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this evening's newscast: A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze in the atmosphere from the burning of coal in Montana.

The daughter of the man police hold responsible for Sunday's murder-suicide in a Montana log cabin says her father was in denial about having mental health problems.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a motorist can be convicted of driving under the influence after inhaling aerosol propellants.

Despite one of the worst drought years on record, hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest should not see their operations disrupted too much this summer.

Morning Newscast 06-10-15

Jun 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this morning's newscast: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on a black bear poached just south of St. Regis. Anyone with information about this poaching is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments today over whether a Louisiana company should be allowed to drill for natural gas on land near Glacier National Park that is considered sacred to the Blackfeet Indians.

A man who prostituted his 17-year-old girlfriend faces 10 years in jail if he violates his probation.

Evening Newscast 06-09-15

Jun 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Detectives are trying to piece together the story behind a family fight that led a Deer Lodge area man to kill his wife and three children Sunday morning, before turning the gun on himself.

Record heat in the Spokane area damaged a portion of US Highway 195.

A 30 ­year­-old Utah man has drowned while trying to "river surf" just west of Glacier National Park.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on a black bear poached just south of St. Regis.

The Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior and the U.­S. Forest Service chief expect above average wildfire activity this year, especially across the Western U.­S.

Morning Newscast 06-09-15

Jun 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Officials in southwestern Montana are investigating after a man shot and killed his wife and three children, set a fire in the family's one­-room cabin and then killed himself. Detective Steve Barclay said an investigation determined the man shot his wife and 1­-year­-old child inside, then went outside and shot two more children -­ ages 4 and 6.

The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million to nearly 12,000 landowners on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations to buy fractionated parcels of land and turn them over to tribal governments.

Evening Newscast 06-08-15

Jun 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The investigation continues into a multiple murder suicide outside Deer Lodge Sunday.

The Montana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has hired a new executive director.

A federal judge in Montana will decide how long former billionaire Tim Blixseth will remain in jail now that an appeals court rejected the fallen real estate mogul's plea to be released.

The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million to nearly 12,000 landowners on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations to buy fractionated parcels of land and turn them over to tribal governments.

Morning Newscast 06-08-15

Jun 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the number of abortions performed in Montana has dropped each year since 2009, but the decline doesn't appear to be caused by the string of anti-abortion bills proposed by Republican lawmakers in recent years.

State records show that Montana has been without a single major oil drilling rig since April. Industry observers said the inactivity is due to low oil prices, which have also slowed drilling across the country.

The National Smokejumper Association is holding its 75th anniversary celebration in Missoula next month.

Evening Newscast 06-05-15

Jun 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Authorities say a shooting has taken place at an East Missoula home.

A Canadian man is facing a felony drug charge after a Montana Highway Patrol officer says he found about 100 pounds of cocaine in the man's pickup truck during a routine traffic stop.

Missoula police say they’ve located a pair of children they issued a missing persons advisory for yesterday. They said that Callen  and Sula Cassidy-Robinson, ages 6 and 1 were found in the Salt Lake City area and that both children are doing fine. 

Congressman Ryan Zinke says federal forests don't have a fire problem as much as they have a land management problem.

Zinke, a Republican and Montana's lone Representative in the U.S. House, introduced a forest management reform bill this week.

Morning Newscast 06-05-15

Jun 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this morning's newscast: Congressman Ryan Zinke has introduced a forest management reform bill that he says would prevent unnecessary litigation, improve forest health and help prevent wildfires.

A vote on a labor agreement affecting more than 900 workers at Montana's largest mining company has been postponed. Stillwater operates the only two platinum and palladium mines in the U.S. southwest of Billings. It employs roughly 1,600 people.

A 17-year-old high school student from Whitefish is proposing a ballot initiative to allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on school grounds.

Evening Newscast 06-04-15

Jun 4, 2015
Josh Burnham

On today's evening newscast: Montana’s insurance regulator says she’s not surprised that health insurance companies are asking for rate increases of more than 20 to 30 percent next year. But, Securities and Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says, her office will review those requests and decide whether the higher prices are justified.  

Missoula officials say a court clerk's resignation this week isn't related to altered documents that were part of a DUI investigation.

An Idaho sheriff's office and railroad officials are trying to determine who piled rocks on a track in the path of an Amtrak passenger train in western Idaho. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the Empire Builder train's onboard camera shows the four-foot pile of rocks on tracks near Rathdrum.

A 17-year-old high school student from Whitefish is proposing a ballot initiative to allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on school grounds.

Morning Newscast 06-04-15

Jun 4, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this morning's newscast: insurance companies are offering plans in Montana under President Barack Obama's health law are requesting double-digit rate increases next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana is asking regulators to approve an average increase of about 22 percent over the rates approved in 2015 for its individual plans.

Glacier National Park Officials fielded questions about the condition of the Going-to-the-Sun Road last night at a community meeting in Columbia Falls.

Evening Newscast 06-03-15

Jun 3, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A new strike force will target organized crime that law enforcement  says continues to plague the Baaken oil patch. According to Montana U.S Attorney, Mike Cotter, those offenses range from drug and weapon trafficking to environmental and white-collar crimes.

Three men in Montana's Republican Party are vying for the role of party chair. Party executive director Chris Shipp said today that Representative Jeff Essmann of Billings and former Madison County Commissioner Dan Happel will challenge Will Deschamps of Missoula for the position. Deschamps has been chairman since 2009.

Insurance companies offering plans in Montana under President Barack Obama's health law are requesting double-digit rate increases next year.

The first part of June has brought badly-needed rain to Montana, but it's barely making up for a particularly dry month of May.  

Morning Newscast 06-03-15

Jun 3, 2015
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Gianforte's interview with The Associated Press yesterday is the Bozeman resident's first confirmation of the widespread speculation that he is mounting a challenge to incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

The remains of six veterans whose unclaimed remains were found at a Great Falls funeral home will be interred later this week. They'll be laid to rest Friday at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena.

Morning Newscast 06-02-15

Jun 2, 2015
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana lawmakers are planning to consider whether state officials can issue permits required under the EPA's new clean-water rule.

The city of Missoula has been awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for redevelopment.

A Yellowstone County coroner's official has identified the 5-year-old who drowned in a culvert last week as a Billings boy. Lt. Bill Jones confirmed yesterday that Tristan Hunt died of fresh-water drowning.

Evening Newscast 06-01-15

Jun 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The National Weather Service says thunderstorms packing powerful winds, potentially-large hail and brief torrential rain are likely across our listening-area this evening. Meteorologist Luke Robinson says a particularly strong system could affect an area from Missoula to the Bitterroot Valley.

Flathead Lake is a good two feet below full pool following this particularly dry spring in northwest Montana. Northwestern Energy, which manages Kerr Dam, has notified tribal and federal agencies that water levels are low which could affect outflows this summer.

The longtime operator of one of the largest coal-fueled power plants in the West has completed a spin-off of assets that includes the 2,000-megawatt Colstrip Generating Station in southeastern Montana.

Evening Newscast 05-29-15

May 29, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:  A Helena law-enforcement official says human remains found in a wilderness area northeast of the city are believed to be a Colorado man reported missing in 2013.

Montana's commissioner of political practices has enlisted two Billings attorneys to head a campaign violations case against a Bozeman Republican.

Yellowstone National Park's new snowmobile lottery system was a hit this winter with at least one national motorized access group.

The Idaho Conservation league, the Nez Perce Tribe and a local resident are seeking a public comment period for an air quality permit for Clearwater Paper in Lewiston. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley's largest employer is requesting the permit so it can move forward with a $160 million project which includes a new chip pulp digester.

The Missoulian newspaper is reporting that Former University of Montana football player Beau Donaldson was denied parole today. But he will be allowed to attend a correctional boot camp. Donaldson was convicted of raping a childhood friend in 2010.

Evening Newscast 05-28-15

May 28, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against a Havre businessman for his alleged role in defrauding the Chippewa Cree Tribe.

Shad James Huston pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit theft, theft from an Indian tribal organization, and wire fraud.

Montana's largest mining company announced a tentative labor agreement with about 900 workers on today, setting up a vote next week by union members bitter over recent pay raises for some executives.

For the second day in a row Montana’s Republican representatives in Washington are blasting an Obama administration environmental initiative. Yesterday it was new clean water rules proposed by the EPA. Today, it’s new plans to protect sage grouse in 10 western states revealed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The parent company of the Missoulian newspaper has sued a former publisher and four former advertising employees, alleging they stole confidential client information from the newspaper to form a competing marketing agency.

Evening Newscast 05-27-15

May 27, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The National Weather Service has a flood advisory in place for an area stretching from Butte west through Missoula and Lolo and into Granite county. It says slow-moving to stationary thunderstorms are expected to continue developing this evening, and they’re capable of producing very heavy rain. Flash flooding could occur in areas with wildfire burn scars and in the city of Butte.

Montana’s Republican representatives in Congress want new clean water rules issued today by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency repealed. Both Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke say the new rules, adding protections to small stream, tributaries and wetlands is overreach by the Obama administration.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in April, the lowest rate since September 2007.

Five Democratic senators including Montana’s Jon Tester are asking colleagues to fund preservation efforts for the imperiled greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse. The senators yesterday urged the Appropriations Committee to fund programs that include cooperative efforts with landowners.

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating who shot and killed a female grizzly bear found May 20 in northern Montana near Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 05-26-15

May 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A federal appeals court has sent a campaign finance case back to a Montana judge.

 The ruling by a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could make it more difficult for states to defend their restrictions on how much money individual donors give candidates in state elections.

A Billings woman accused of making several false rape reports failed to appear in court on felony charges filed in Flathead and Yellowstone counties.

The company that owns the Copper King Hotel in Butte has filed for bankruptcy protection, postponing a public auction that was set for next week.

A federal judge heard arguments this afternoon over whether a court order is needed to preserve hundreds of racist and inappropriate emails sent by Montana's former chief U.S. District Court judge.

Evening Newscast 05-21-15

May 21, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana Senator Jon Tester hopes Wednesday’s 10-hour filibuster over the Patriot Act will convince his colleagues that the controversial law needs a full Senate debate.  

A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snow Montana saw this year, draining the state of water needed to prevent and fight worsening drought conditions.

The Montana Board of Regents today took up a proposal to change the name of the University of Montana School of Law. University of Montana President Royce Engstrom brought the proposal before the Board of Regents, to decide whether to name the law school after its biggest donor - Alexander Blewett III.

Evening Newscast 05-20-15

May 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Great Falls trial lawyer is giving the University of Montana law school $10 million, and the school is one step away from being re-named in his honor.

A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land.

Evening Newscast 05-19-15

May 19, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Wisconsin man was fined more than two thousand dollars Monday for accidently killing a grizzly in Northwest Montana.

Fish biologists are blaming a fungus called sapprolegnia for low brown trout numbers in the Clark Fork River downstream of Warm Springs Ponds.

Evening Newscast 05-18-15

May 18, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, local police, County Sheriffs, and the Montana Highway Patrol are putting extra patrols on the road from now through Memorial Day.

Montana's elected officials from the governor to district judges will receive pay raises starting July 1.

Evening Newscast 05-15-15

May 15, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a federal appeals court has dismissed part of a lawsuit that seeks to allow only Republican voters to participate in Montana's GOP primaries.

Two Vermont women are seeking to start a class-action lawsuit for people who borrowed money from an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe.

A restoration plan for the Upper Clark Fork Basin's largest wetland is now up for public review.

Montana wildlife officials are considering stricter regulations in an effort to reduce the chances of Canada lynx being caught in traps set for other animals outside Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says a January oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana did not affect paddlefish.

Beset by power plant closures and changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle, a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

Montana wildlife officials are considering cutting bobcat quotas across a broad swath of central and northern Montana.

Evening Newscast 05-14-15

May 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock says while he did veto three Republican tax relief bills, the measure to provide a tax break to industry for installing pollution control equipment is different.

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.

A former Missoula County sheriff's deputy is suing the county, the sheriff and other county officials saying she was fired for political reasons.

Morning Newscast 05-14-15

May 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state Supreme Court has revived the case of a woman who says it's unfair for hospitals to charge different rates to treat insured and uninsured patients.

Montana will spend about half-a-million dollars annually to assemble a team to oversee management of sage grouse.

A new law will allow rideshare firms like Uber to operate in Montana, but some taxi drivers say it does not include enough regulation.

Montana wildlife officials think they have hit on the right formula in regulating wolf hunting and trapping season.

Evening Newscast 05-13-15

May 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state Supreme Court has revived the case of a woman who says it's unfair for hospitals to charge different rates to treat insured and uninsured patients.

The Governor’s Conference on Aging wraps up Thursday, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease, and the effect it’s having on society.

Montana will spend about half-a-million dollars annually to assemble a team to oversee management of sage grouse.

A new law will allow rideshare firms like Uber to operate in Montana, but some taxi drivers say it does not include enough regulation.

The Chouteau County sheriff's office is investigating after a Michigan couple reported being assaulted and left unconscious in the Bears Paw Mountains in north-central Montana.

Morning Newscast 05-13-15

May 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Dartmouth College and Stanford University violated Montana campaign laws last fall.

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic Diocese and a Catholic school say a Montana teacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock was a ministerial employee who can't sue for discrimination.

The U.S. oil industry is challenging new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail.

Evening Newscast 05-12-15

May 12, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Dartmouth College may be looking at a substantial fine for violating Montana’s campaign finance laws.

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic Diocese and school say a Montana teacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock was a ministerial employee who can't sue for discrimination.

Morning Newscast 05-12-15

May 12, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, U.S. Department of Justice officials says the Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found gender bias in how the city responds to reports of sexual assault.

Montana lawmakers have instituted a new state law that reflects a national GOP initiative to boost private education options.

The University of Montana will see a budget shortfall of $5.7 million for the upcoming year, according to figures provided at the most recent campus budget committee meeting.

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