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Evening Newscast 03-14-17

Mar 14, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The federal government has revoked the tax-exempt status of a group run by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

A meeting to come up with a list of candidates to nominate the state’s next Commissioner of Political Practices was canceled  this week, after Montana’s top legislative leaders couldn’t come to agreement.

The Montana House has given initial approval to a bill that would clarify that county commissioners can travel together or attend the same event without violating the state's open meeting laws.

Evening Newscast 03-13-17

Mar 13, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 3.9 percent in January, the lowest rate in nearly a decade. Officials say Montana added 2,700 payroll jobs in January.

Montana election officials say a bill that would give counties the option of holding an all-mail ballot for the special congressional election must pass before April 10th.

A Billings radio host returned to the airwaves today after apologizing for suggesting that Native Americans should have separate basketball tournaments due to unruly fan behavior.

Evening Newscast 03-10-17

Mar 10, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana House Democrats are seeking to restore nearly $100 million in healthcare spending cuts from Gov. Steve Bullock's proposed budget, but Republicans aren't budging much.

Montana lawmakers are considering propping up a coal-fired power plant's operations by giving one of its co-owners low-interest loans of up to $10 million a year.

Montana U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter says he was shocked by the unprofessional manner in which he and 45 other Obama appointees were asked to turn in their resignations by the end of the day.

Evening Newscast 03-09-17

Mar 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock says the number one concern he has with the Legislature’s proposed budget is the lack of funding for essential services. 

Federal inspectors found several safety issues at the Montana State Hospital, including staffing shortages that put patients at risk of injury by other patients or themselves.

Republican and Democratic leadership in the state legislature failed to come to an agreement today on a list of candidates to take over the office of the Commissioner of Political Practices. If the disagreement continues, the top lawmakers will forfeit their right to limit who the governor can select as the state’s top political cop.

Evening Newscast 03-08-17

Mar 8, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republicans in Montana and in Washington, D.C., are courting popular state Attorney General Tim Fox to step up and run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester next year.

An environmental organization is urging Montana officials to protect the state financially and ensure a co-owner of the Colstrip power plant pays its share of cleanup and decommissioning costs.

Work has begun on a $2.7 million expansion to the cardiology center at Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick Hospital.

Evening Newscast 03-07-17

Mar 7, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have allowed government workers to sue if their supervisors obstruct them from communicating with a legislator.

A bill that would require the state to study cases of child abuse made progress in the Montana House, today.

The Montana legislature is now over halfway through its 90-day session, and the House Appropriations committee began slogging through House Bill 2, which is the state budget.

Evening Newscast 03-06-17

Mar 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Republicans have been meeting this afternoon ahead of a vote this evening to select their candidate to face Democrat Rob Quist in the special election for Montana’s U.S. House seat May 25th.

Rob Quist won the Democratic nomination yesterday in Helena.

A new report details the final moments of a career Flathead National Forest law enforcement officer killed last summer after a chance encounter with a grizzly bear.

At this hour Montana’s Republican party has started the selection process for a candidate to challenge Democrat Rob Quist in the May special election to fill Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

Evening Newscast 03-02-17

Mar 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Bozeman technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte says he has commitments from enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for Montana's special election for the U.S. House.

On his first full day in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order reversing a last-minute action by the Obama administration to ban lead ammunition and fishing tackle used on national wildlife refuges.

Montana Republican officials say the GOP's field of prospective candidates for the U.S. House race has narrowed to six.

Crews in Whitefish have already fixed a water main burst that left many homes and businesses without water Monday morning, but public works managers say road repairs will likely last into summer.

Evening Newscast 03-01-17

Mar 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s former Republican Congressman, Ryan Zinke, is now President Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary.

Gov. Steve Bullock has signed four bills that seek to reduce costs within the criminal justice system and to reduce recidivism. 

Before adjourning for a mid-session hiatus, the Montana House gave final passage to a slate of bills, but rejected - on a tie vote - a proposal that sought to criminalize physician-assisted suicide.

Evening Newscast 02-28-17

Feb 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House of Representatives passed 17 bills on today, including one bill that would create a statewide public lands day.

City managers in Whitefish have lifted a boil water advisory issued Monday morning following a burst water main.

Greg Gianforte has raised $825,000 to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Congressman Ryan Zinke.

While Democrats and Republicans at the Montana Legislature may disagree on the approach, they are both highlighting infrastructure and the budget as top priorities for the second half of the session.

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