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Evening Newscast 05-20-16

May 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A judge will hear arguments next week on whether he should stay a portion of his ruling on Montana's campaign contribution limits.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in April.

A federal judge in Vermont has rejected Montana tribal officials' claims of sovereign immunity. 

Evening Newscast 05-19-16

May 19, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Details on the Billings campaign appearances for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been released.

Montana University System regents heard testimony today about an $8 million dollar gift to Montana State University by Greg Gianforte, the Bozeman software entrepreneur who’s running for governor as a Republican.

Federal agents have raided one of Montana’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries.

Morning Newscast 05-19-16

May 19, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices is asking a federal court to put on hold a ruling that would allow political parties to donate unlimited amounts of money to campaigns.

Real estate businesses, building contractors and well drillers are asking the Montana Supreme Court to reinstate regulations that allowed residential subdivisions to drill multiple water wells without first obtaining permits.

Governor Steve Bullock met with utility companies and advocates for energy efficiency and low-income Montanans in Missoula Wednesday.

Evening Newscast 05-18-16

May 18, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State officials say they’ll ask a federal judge for an immediate stay on his ruling yesterday that allowed political parties to contribute unlimited amounts of cash to campaigns. 

Real estate businesses, building contractors and well drillers are asking the Montana Supreme Court to reinstate regulations that allowed residential subdivisions to drill multiple water wells without permits. 

Flathead County prosecutors have dropped an assault on a peace officer charge that was filed against Ryan Pengelly, who was shot by police in his living room.  

Morning Newscast 05-18-16

May 18, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

  A federal court has ruled that Montana's campaign contribution limits are unconstitutional.

Montana's secretary of state has announced that more than a dozen satellite voting offices have been established on the state's American Indian reservations ahead of the June 7 primary election.

A Canadian-based group of men who post pictures and videos of their travels on social media are in hot water with Yellowstone National Park officials after walking out to a hot spring where people are prohibited.

Evening Newscast 05-17-16

May 17, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A federal court has ruled that Montana's campaign contribution limits are unconstitutional.

A commission appointed by the governor to assess the Division of Child and Family Services says the agency is facing an alarming caseload increase with inadequate resources and training, causing staff to burn out and quit.

Today Montana's Republican candidates for governor and superintendent of public schools called for policy changes to grow computer science education in the state.

Morning Newscast 05-17-16

May 17, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare has spurred warnings to avoid wildlife after the animal had to be put down.

An investigation by a digital forensics company into the release of sensitive student information from a Missoula high school in December has found that "user error" led to the data breach.

A showdown is shaping up over the future of Wyoming's coal industry today as federal officials look at overhauling the federal coal leasing program and possibly charging more to mine.

The nation's primary wildfire-fighters are getting ready for the 2016 season, which is expected to be worse than average in Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will meet with regional forest officials Tuesday to discuss plans and preparations.

Evening Newscast 05-16-16

May 16, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A federal judge says he’ll decide whether Montana's campaign contribution limits are unconstitutional without holding a trial.

The Democratic candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat is proposing six debates with Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke.

Native American-owned businesses from five states are meeting in Great Falls this week to network and share ideas for overcoming barriers and finding opportunities.

Morning Newscast 05-16-16

May 16, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

 Several hundred Republicans in Billings have chosen delegates to represent Montana at the party's national convention.

The state is raising awareness of a national crisis text line that offers 24/7 access to crisis counselors.

A Billings-based mental health staffing agency is struggling to find clinical therapists to work with mentally ill inmates at the Yellowstone County jail.

Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear found refuge in a deserted homestead building in northern Montana after being chased by a pickup truck.

Evening Newscast 05-13-16

May 13, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says counties were putting more than 230,000 absentee ballots for the June primary into the mail today.

A federal judge has halted a salvage logging project in northern Idaho at the request of two environmental groups that say it violates the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Several hundred Montana republican party members are gathering in Billings starting tonight to select the state’s delegation for the National GOP Convention, in July.

The Bernie Sanders campaign in Montana today called on grassroots groups of supporters to unify into a single, statewide organization.

Evening Newscast 05-12-16

May 12, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a proposal for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to purchase nearly 9,500 acres of land from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for $11.1 million.

Advocates for medicinal marijuana in Montana are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a state court decision that drastically restricts the availability of the drug.

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte’s family foundation is donating $8 million dollars to Montana State University.

Morning Newscast 05-12-16

May 12, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he has a steep climb to close Hillary Clinton's delegate lead in the Democratic presidential primary. But the Vermont lawmaker told a packed arena in Billings last night that he still could end up with more voter-backed delegates than his rival at the party convention.

The Montana Supreme Court this week struck down the final provision of a law to deny services to undocumented immigrants.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Billings next week in support of the Democratic presidential campaign of his wife, Hillary Clinton. The Billings Gazette reports that the former president will speak in Billings on May 20.

Evening Newscast 05-11-16

May 11, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An estimated 9,100 people came to Missoula’s Caras park to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak today.

Northwestern Energy's chief executive says his company is in no position to buy parts of the Colstrip power plant to stave off the possible closure of its two oldest units.

A new study says the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana leaks 275,000 tons of methane annually. An amount that's less than previously reported.

Morning Newscast 05-11-2016

May 11, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Missoula drivers will be “feeling the Bern” around town today. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be hosting a rally in Caras Park, prompting road closures all around downtown Missoula.

The legal fight over oil and gas drilling leases near Glacier National Park has drawn support of a collation of tribal and conservation leaders.

Authorities have identified a 26-year-old man who died from his injuries after jumping into a shallow pool of water at the base of a waterfall in Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 05-10-16

May 10, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana officials want to triple the number of wolves hunters and trappers can kill in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park.

Officials say a spring storm dumped up to 20 inches of snow in the mountains and briefly knocked out power to tens of thousands of people across Montana.

Retired state judge Ed McLean chastised the Missoula County attorney for seeking an immediate ruling on a motion to dismiss the case against Cody Marble, who was convicted of raping a fellow inmate at the juvenile detention center in Missoula in 2002.

Morning Newscast 05-10-16

May 10, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to a $700 million project to build the nation's largest coal-export terminal in northwest Washington state.

Missoula police are investigating after the former county attorney reportedly removed items from a secure storage area in the county attorney's office last week.

A nonprofit organization says Montana's campaign finance laws are so vague and broad that the state regulator can enforce them against groups he dislikes, while ignoring similar allegations against groups he supports. Attorneys for Montanans for Community Development will ask U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to rule those laws unconstitutional during a hearing today in Missoula.

Montana officials want to triple the number of gray wolves hunters and trappers can kill in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park. The proposal would increase the annual quota in a hunting district near Gardiner from two wolves to six.

Evening Newscast 05-09-16

May 9, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Missoula County Attorney says her predecessor may have improperly removed a box from what’s supposed to be a secure file storage area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. That's bad news for the Crow Tribe, which was hoping the port would allow them to open a new mine on the reservation and ship tens of millions of dollars worth of coal overseas.

A nonprofit organization says Montana's campaign finance laws are so vague and broad that the state regulator can enforce them against groups he dislikes, while ignoring similar allegations against groups he does not.

Morning Newscast 05-09-16

May 9, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

A federal appeals court is expected to issue a ruling soon that could limit prosecutions of medical marijuana users and dispensaries in eight Western states that allow medical marijuana.

Researchers are working on a plan to study wolverines in four Rocky Mountain states to see if the animals can be reintroduced to some regions to increase the populations and see how they might travel between mountain ranges.

Businesses that offer tour helicopter rides in Glacier National Park are fighting off criticism that the helicopters are making too much noise and disturbing visitors, saying noise pollution is kept to a minimum and not disturbing the wildlife and tranquility of one of the jewels of the national park system.

Evening Newscast 05-06-16

May 6, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Crime victims would get expanded rights under a constitutional amendment that qualified for the Montana ballot today.

A lawyer for the state is asking a judge to fine and remove from office Bozeman State Representative Art Wittich, whom he says committed the most serious violation of campaign laws in Montana history.

An investigator with the Montana Human Rights Bureau says there is no reason to believe that Lee Enterprises discriminated against former Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin.

Evening Newscast 05-04-16

May 5, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Efforts to allow grizzly bear hunting in Montana have taken a couple of steps forward.

Gov. Steve Bullock has released ten years of tax returns as he further differentiates himself from his Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, in his bid for re-election.

Montana's commissioner of political practices is touting the state's new online campaign finance filing system as a success after its first major test this week.

Morning Newscast 05-05-16

May 5, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The issue of infrastructure is becoming a central focus in the Montana governor's race, as both sides blamed the other for the political deadlock that has kept state officials from establishing a funding source for roads, bridges, sewers and other projects.

Supporters of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say the race for the Democratic nomination is not over. With one month to go before Montana’s primary election, they’ve scheduled a training session and rally Saturday in Butte.

Visitors will be able to enter Yellowstone National Park through the park's east entrance starting this week.

Wildlife managers from 18 states with wild elk herds just wrapped up a two-day meeting in Missoula at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Evening Newscast 05-04-16

May 4, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Roads, bridges and other infrastructure are becoming a central focus in the Montana governor's race.

Wildlife managers from 18 states with wild elk herds just wrapped up a two-day meeting in Missoula at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

A committee that has been studying how best to handle growth at Bozeman High School is recommending that the school district build a second high school that would open in 2020.

Conservation groups say the federal government is failing to protect furbearing animals from trappers and hunters.

Morning Newscast 05-04-16

May 4, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Montana yesterday. That included a stop in Browning, where she announced that the Blackfeet Tribe will soon begin participating in the $1.9 billion Indian Land buy-back program.

Montana attorneys are defending the state's new campaign finance law against a gun rights organization that wants parts of it blocked before June's primary elections.

Authorities say a 28-year-old man died in a house fire in Sheridan, Wyoming and another person was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

Evening Newscast 05-03-16

May 3, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was in Montana today, using Hauser Lake as a backdrop while urging Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Montana attorneys are defending the state's new campaign finance law against a gun-rights organization that wants parts of it blocked before June's primary elections.

The City of Missoula says the recent sale of the city’s water utility company should mean lower rates, but instead, city residents are being overcharged for water.

Morning Newscast 05-03-16

May 3, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to allow only Republican-registered voters to participate in its primary elections. But the case will go on in a federal appeals court.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte put $200,000 of his own money into his campaign last month, pushing his fundraising total for the campaign over a million dollars.

Utah associate athletic director Kyle Brennan has been named the new athletic director at Montana State University.

Authorities are looking for a suspect who robbed a Missoula casino at gunpoint and then fled the scene.

Wildlife managers from 18 states and two federal agencies are in Missoula Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The second annual “elk summit” allows leaders of the advocacy group a chance to tell wildlife managers about their priorities and vice versa, says Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Spokesman Mark Holyoak.

Evening Newscast 05-02-16

May 2, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte put $200,000 of his own money into his campaign last month, pushing his fundraising total for the campaign over a million dollars.

A Billings attorney who was disbarred last summer now faces federal wire fraud charges for keeping $65,500 that should have been distributed to the family of a man who was killed in a car crash.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte says he’ll back whoever his party nominates to run for president this year.

Morning Newscast 05-02-16

May 2, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Fire forecasters say Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest will face an increased threat of wildfires this summer.

Montana hunters and state officials are debating a map showing more than 18 million acres of land in Montana possibly being used by hunting outfitters.

The bodies of a renowned mountain climber and expedition cameraman who were buried in a Himalayan avalanche 16 years ago have been found.

Evening Newscast 04-29-16

Apr 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns died yesterday of natural causes at his home in Billings.

A $3 million endowment has been set up at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

A 32 year old Helena man has pleaded guilty to setting the fire that caused more than $500,000 in damage to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Helena last summer.

A Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy rescued a two year old boy who fell into the Yellowstone River this morning.

Morning Newscast 04-29-16

Apr 29, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

 Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, has died. He was 81.

Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill yesterday to fix the year-old Veterans Choice program that was supposed to help vets get medical care quicker, but isn’t working as planned.

University of Montana’s student newspaper, the Kaimin, says it will have to cut staff if it doesn’t get a proposed one-dollar fee increase students are voting on this week.

Evening Newscast 04-28-16

Apr 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Gov. Steve Bullock says he wants to spend $200 million on roads, bridges, schools and other public works but hasn't settled on specific projects or exactly how to pay for them.

Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill today to fix the year-old Veterans Choice program that was supposed to help vets get medical care quicker, but isn’t working as planned.

CenturyLink representatives gave Montana Public Service Commission an update today on their work to improve inadequate phone service in several Montana communities.

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