Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 07-09-15

Jul 9, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

In today's morning newscast: A part-time sports reporter and medical marijuana patient from Glendive says legalizing pot for recreational use would be an economic boon for Montana.
Anthony Varriono has submitted a proposed ballot measure with the Secretary of State's office that would allow adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of pot.

Firefighters are reporting progress against three wildfires burning in Montana. They expect to fully contain the Glacier Rim fire south of Glacier National Park by today. And say the closed Canyon Creek Road will reopen to the public this morning.

Gov. Steve Bullock has issued an executive order declaring a state disaster exists in Powder River County after a series of storms in May and June.
 
Bullock says several weeks of storms have been damaging to the southeastern Montana county and have caused difficulty for residents. The storms with heavy rain caused rivers to rise to near-flood levels, damaging bridges and roads.

The Missoula City Council budget committee has approved a pay hike for city workers that would start with a raise to $12 an hour all the way up to $15 an hour by 2018.

Helena's city commissioners have agreed to seek the installation of signs explaining the history and controversy of a 98-year-old city park memorial that honors Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.

Evening Newscast 07-08-15

Jul 8, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A part-time sports reporter and medical marijuana patient from Glendive says legalizing pot for recreational use would be an economic boon for Montana.

Firefighters are reporting progress against three wildfires burning in Montana.

Montana is seeking aid from a national research organization to conduct a comprehensive study of the state's correctional system for the first time in 18 years.

The search for a North Dakota doctor last seen in southwestern Montana has moved from Gallatin County to Madison County after officials received a tip that Patrick J. Fitzpatrick might be in the Harrison area.

Morning Newscast 07-08-15

Jul 8, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: House Republicans are proposing that some wildfires be treated like federal disasters, an attempt to win broader support for legislation that targets overgrown national forest lands.

Firefighters are now working at least three wildfires in Montana. The newest, discovered Monday is burning about 10 miles north of Thompson Falls.

State officials are taking public comment on the plan to implement Medicaid expansion in Montana.

Gov. Steve Bullock raised considerably less money to fund his re-election this spring than he did in winter. But with $596 thousand in the bank, he's sitting on a half-million dollars more than any other candidate for public office in Montana.

Evening Newscast 07-07-15

Jul 7, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Firefighters are now working at least three wildfires in Montana.

Many have abandoned their landline telephones for the convenience of cell phones.  

But local emergencies, like the 2,000-acre wildfire burning in Bayview, Idaho can expose the limitations of that technology.

The home for a six-foot statue know as Big Mountain Jesus rests with a three judge federal appeals panel, this after a lawyer representing a group of atheists asked for it to be removed from U.S. Forest Service property in Whitefish.

At least three wild land fires are burning in Montana at this time, but none appear to be threatening homes or other structures.

Morning Newscast 07-07-15

Jul 7, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the office of the Commissioner of Higher Education is returning to the Montana Supreme Court to appeal a district judge's ruling ordering it to release information on any action the commissioner took after Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson appealed a university court recommendation he be expelled over a rape complaint.

A northwestern Montana woman is charged with mailing a loaded gun, ammunition and other weapons to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Yellowstone County officials have released the name of a 32-year-old man who was killed in a fireworks accident in Billings on July 4 as Nathan Vannatta.

Evening Newscast 07-06-15

Jul 6, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A woman from Troy is being charged with mailing a loaded gun, ammunition and other weapons to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Two churches in Butte that have been open for more than a hundred years are closing their doors for good.

A Canadian man has pleaded not guilty to charges that allege he had nearly 100 pounds of cocaine in his pickup truck while traveling through northwestern Montana.

Morning Newcast 07-06-15

Jul 6, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: a hot June in northwest Montana appears to have resulted in record electricity consumption.

The record warm temperatures in northwest Montana have hastened the area's cherry harvest.

A 32-year-old man has died in a fireworks accident at a Billings residence. Billings Police Sgt. Harley Kagle says the accident occurred about 10:30 Saturday night and appeared to involve a mortar tube.

Search and rescue teams are looking for a 74-year-old North Dakota doctor missing in western Montana.

Evening Newscast 07-03-15

Jul 3, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: There’s a red flag fire warning in effect Saturday for northwestern Montana, stretching from Hamilton and just north of Butte to the Canadian border and Idaho state line.

A red flag warning means “critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” the National Weather Service says.

The hot, dry conditions have prompted every county in western Montana to ban the use of fireworks, and public fireworks shows have been cancelled in Whitefish and Flathead County.

But public fireworks displays are still on in Missoula, Butte, Polson and Seeley Lake.

The only large wildfire in Montana at this time is now 50% contained, that’s the Glacier Rim fire just south of Glacier National Park.

Central and eastern Montana are being impacted by smoke from wildfires in Canada, with unhealthy conditions being reported in Malta in Lewistown. The air is unhealthy for sensitive groups in Great Falls, Bozeman, Billings and Birney. Moderate smoke conditions are reported in Butte and Helena.

Morning Newscast 07-03-15

Jul 3, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the Flathead County commissioners unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks throughout the county, on both public and private lands, due to a weekend forecast that calls for warm temperatures and sustained winds. Numerous other counties in western Montana have banned fireworks, as has Butte-Silver Bow County and the town of Deer Lodge.

Highway funding will likely be near the top of the Congressional agenda when business resumes after the holiday break.

The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order.

Evening Newscast 07-02-15

Jul 2, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The City of Whitefish has canceled its 4th of July public fireworks display, citing a fire weather watch for Saturday issued by the National Weather Service.

The Flathead County commissioners unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks throughout the county, on both public and private lands, due to a weekend forecast that calls for warm temperatures and sustained winds.

Low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western and southwestern Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

 

The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a $52 million jury verdict in a breach of contract case, but justices did not rule on the constitutionality of the state's $10 million cap on punitive damages.

Morning Newscast 07-02-15

Jul 2, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

A young boy playing with fireworks started a fire east of Ronan that caused $250 thousand of damage to a shop and department.

A panel of prominent scientists are meeting in Bozeman to talk about controlling brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone area. It’s the start of a year-long process to evaluate options for trying to control the disease.

Evening Newscast 07-01-15

Jul 1, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A Billings man has applied for a marriage license so he can legally wed his second wife.

The Glacier Rim fire burning outside Glacier National Park is being called 35% contained, and all of the smaller spot fires it started inside the park are now out.

A federal appeals court will take up a dispute over whether a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus should remain on U.S. Forest Service land next to the Whitefish Mountain ski resort.

A Helena judge says a state law cutting teachers' inflationary pension increases is unconstitutional.

A panel of prominent scientists are meeting in Bozeman to talk about controlling brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone area, It’s the start of a year-long process to evaluate options for trying to control the disease.

Morning Newscast 07-01-15

Jul 1, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: counties across western Montana today imposed Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.

Authorities say firefighters expect to contain a grass fire that spread quickly outside of Browning.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Jennifer Rankowski says the Glacier Rim Fire is currently at 85 acres and 30 percent contained.

At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews.

Evening Newscast 06-30-15

Jun 30, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews. Forest spokesman Tod McKay says thunderstorms produced 175 confirmed lighting strikes in the Bitterroot and Missoula areas last night.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Jennifer Rankowski has the latest on the Glacier Rim Fire burning just south of Glacier National Park.

Counties across western Montana today imposed Stage One fire restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. The restrictions come along with a ban on fireworks on all public and private land in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake, and Lincoln counties. Flathead County commissioners will vote Thursday on a county-wide fireworks ban.

Morning Newscast 06-30-15

Jun 30, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana and twelve other states sued the federal government yesterday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting a new rule extending the Clean Water Act to small streams and wetlands.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

A human-caused fire that began in northwestern Montana over the weekend has spread to 80 acres and has started eight spot fires in Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 06-29-15

Jun 29, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: New state data show that one in eight elementary schools in Montana have vaccination rates that are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Montana counties will receive nearly $27 million to compensate for non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

State wildlife officials killed two young bighorn rams after they were spotted near domestic sheep south of Malta, more than 20 miles from two nearby bighorn herds.

A man doing some fencing work in the Crazy Mountains found items belonging to a 38-year-old Bozeman man who went missing during an elk hunt last September.

Morning Newscast 06-29-15

Jun 29, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: firefighters are working to suppress a 30-acre wildfire in northern Montana. Officials say the fire started Saturday in the Flathead National Forest near Glacier National Park at a gravel pit west of the North Fork of the Flathead River.

A Helena judge has rejected environmental groups' claims that Gov. Steve Bullock violated open-meetings laws before nominating 5.1 million acres of forest land for priority management.

New state data shows that vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Evening Newscast 06-26-15

Jun 26, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Gay couples can now marry in Montana without a cloud of uncertainty following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure requiring federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers.

Opponents of same-sex marriage continue to look for ways to take a stand, even as the Supreme Court today declared it to be the law in every state.

A Gallatin County jury is deliberating in the case of an Iraq war veteran charged with shooting and killing a man during an argument outside a Bozeman house party.

Morning Newcast 06-26-15

Jun 26, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Supreme Court’s decision not to strike down subsidies to buy health insurance means nothing really changes for the 42,000 or so Montanans who’ve done so.

Montana has given up on barring corporations from the political arena and is instead attempting to expose every penny spent by them.

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure that requires federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers following two major oil spills into the Yellowstone River.

Evening Newscast 06-25-15

Jun 25, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The Supreme Court’s decision not to strike down subsidies to buy health insurance means nothing really changes for the 42,000 or so Montanans who’ve done so so far.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have filed paperwork claiming water use rights in Montana both on and off the Flathead reservation.

Hunters have less than a week to throw their name in the hat to win the chance for a dream hunt. Corin Cates-Carney reports on Montana’s SuperTag lottery deadline.

Yellowstone County officials are asking state prison officials to move their inmates quickly to help with jail overcrowding.

Search and Rescue teams rescued a family of ten from Texas, after they got lost during a hike in southwestern Montana.

Morning Newscast 06-25-15

Jun 25, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: an analysis of the state's finances last year has revealed 125 errors and a lack of internal controls that could have brought the inaccuracies to light earlier.

A new indictment charges a Havre businessman with bribing the head of the Chippewa Cree tribe's roads department and overcharging the work his company did as part of a $10.6 million federal stimulus grant to the tribe.

Yellowstone County officials are asking state Department of Corrections administrators to move their inmates quickly to help with jail overcrowding.

Evening Newscast 06-24-15

Jun 24, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Embarrassed officials from the Bullock administration today apologized to state lawmakers for releasing a report that auditors later found contained massive errors.

There’s a new indictment against a Havre businessman for allegedly defrauding the federal government.

The Private company  that owns Missoula's city water system is appealing a judge's order that forces it to sell the water company to the city.

Montana oil and gas regulators are considering a requirement for energy companies to maintain a buffer between homes and drilling activities.

Morning Newscast 06-24-15

Jun 24, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana Tech's chancellor says he did not conspire with Saudi diplomats to fly students involved in a grade-changing scandal out of the United States.

The 2016 election is more than sixteen months away, but the race for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House already has its first candidate, James St. Goddard, a former Blackfeet Tribal Council member.

Two candidates have entered the race to replace Montana's term-limited Superintendent of Public Instruction: Elsie Arntzen and Melissa Romano-Lehman.

Evening Newscast 06-23-15

Jun 23, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The Montana University System's spokesman says Montana Tech's chancellor appropriately handled a grade-changing scandal involving students from Saudi Arabia.

A Blackfeet tribal member said Tuesday he is running for Montana's U.S. House seat as a Democrat in 2016.

An iconic ski area northeast of Missoula is up for sale more than a decade after its pink chair lifts stopped running.

Morning Newscast 06-23-15

Jun 23, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana is among a group of Republicans who received donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof.

Helena voters defeated a $70-million-dollar school facilities bond proposal.

Documents published by WikiLeaks show that Saudi students caught up in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were secretly offered flights home by the kingdom's diplomats to avoid possible arrest or deportation.

Evening Newscast 06-22-15

Jun 22, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Helena school officials are considering their next move in the wake of last week's defeat of a $70-million elementary school bond.

Artist and historian Robert F. "Bob" Morgan, the founder of Helena's Western Rendezvous of Art, has died of kidney failure. He was 85.

After four years as the deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park, Kym Hall is leaving Montana.

A federal appeals court has decided the U.S. Forest Service failed to thoroughly analyze or publicize the impact of snowmobiles on wildlife in Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Morning Newscast 06-22-15

Jun 22, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Yellowstone National Park has seen about 24 percent more visitors January through May of this year compared to the same time period in 2014.

Investigators have determined that the fire at the Livestock Commission Building in Miles City was an accident.

The Chippewa Cree tribe will hold a special election for a new chairman on June 30.

The Montana World Trade Center at the University of Montana recently completed a trade mission to Canada.

Evening Newscast 06-19-15

Jun 19, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana farmers will have to take the changing climate into account, even planting different species to accommodate warmer temperatures.

Health officials are joining a push for the Environmental Protection Agency to acknowledge East Helena meets air quality standards for sulfur dioxide and lead.

A Billings car dealer is once again proposing a ballot measure to ban medical marijuana in Montana.

Montana will keep doing business with a testing company despite technical flaws this year that likely dropped the state below a required participation rate.

Morning Newscast 06-19-15

Jun 19, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: after a three day sentencing hearing, the case involving the vandalism and closing of the Flathead Valley’s only clinic to provide abortions came to an end today.

The younger sister of Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke was arrested after officers found methamphetamine in a vehicle during a northeastern Montana traffic stop.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is proposing to place the image of the first woman elected to Congress on the new $10 bill.

The test maker behind Common Core assessments in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota has denied a breach of contract accusation after computer problems forced a halt to the online exams in April.

Evening Newscast 06-18-15

Jun 18, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana’s 21 thousand miles of streams and rivers are open for free fishing this weekend in honor of father’s day.

The younger sister of Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke was arrested after officers found methamphetamine in a vehicle during a northeastern Montana traffic stop.

After a three day sentencing hearing, the case involving the vandalism and closing of the Flathead Valley’s only clinic to provide abortions came to an end today.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is proposing to place the image of the first woman elected to Congress on the new $10 bill.

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