Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

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Evening Newscast 12-31-14

Dec 31, 2014

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Dec 30, 2014

Evening Newscast 12-24-14

Dec 24, 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

Evening Newscast 12-19-14

Dec 19, 2014

Evening Newscast 12-18-14

Dec 18, 2014

Evening Newscast 12-17-14

Dec 17, 2014

 Kaarma Trial

A jury returned a guilty verdict in the deliberate homicide trail of Markus Kaarma in Missoula today.

Yellowstone Geyser App

A new mobile application tells visitors when Old Faithful and other predictable Yellowstone geysers will erupt.

Evening Newscast 12-16-14

Dec 16, 2014

Kaarma Trial

Closing arguments finished today in the murder trial of a Missoula man who shot and killed a German exchange student last April.
Markus Kaarma fired a shotgun four times into his garage, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede.

New UM Football Coach

The Univeristy of Montana has a new head football coach. Bob Stitt is leaving the Colorado School of Mines after 15 years as head coach there to to take over in Missoula.

Evening Newscast 12-12-14

Dec 12, 2014

Public Lands 

The U.S. Senate has approved an expansive bill that adds new wilderness lands in Montana and blocks mining and drilling near Glacier National Park. The measures were in a defense bill that passed 89 to 11 today.

Evening Newscast 12-11-14

Dec 11, 2014

Flathead Water Compact

Montana officials said today they've reached a new agreement on a water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Secure Rural School Funding

Officials in 33 Montana counties are keenly aware of what's not in the trillion dollar federal spending bill to keep government open; an extension of the Secure Rural Schools - or SRS - program that Montana counties have relied on since 2000.

Campaign Finance Violation

Evening Newscast 12-10-14

Dec 10, 2014

Authorities locked down four Bozeman schools.

Neighbors of the Missoula man on trial for killing a German exchange student testified that the man's girlfriend told them they planned to bait intruders to catch them in their garage.

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

Newscast 12-09-14

Dec 9, 2014

Garage Shooting

A teen who was with German exchange student Diren Dede the night he was fatally shot in Missoula testified today that the student thought burglarizing garages was a game.

Libby Health Risk Report

Libby Mayor Doug Roll hopes E.P.A's new health risk study could lead to an economic shot in the arm for the community.

Bullock Elected Governors Association Chairman

Newscast 11-21-14

Nov 21, 2014

 Same-sex Marriage Appeal

A deadline’s been set for opening arguments against the court order striking down Montana’s gay marriage ban. State Attorney General Tim Fox says its his duty to uphold Montana’s constitution. The gay marriage ban is a constitutional amendment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has given Fox until February 27 to submit his arguments for why the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Open Meeting Laws

Newscast 11-17-2014

Nov 17, 2014

The budget Governor Steve Bullock released today calls for the state to expand Medicaid. He says doing so would keep Montana’s tax money at home.

A lawsuit filed in Missoula today challenges protection of the Canada lynx in the lower 48 states. Attorney Matthew Bishop says the US Fish and Wildlife Service should have done more science before concluding Lynx have enough habitat to survive.

Court records show that a man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his Missoula garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula.

The second year of buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow - we've got a couple of stories on that on tonight's Montana Evening Edition. We've also got news from the state capitol, and it turns out a federal judge in Great Falls won't hear arguments challenging Montana's gay marriage ban.

The Democratic party has chosen Jon Tester to lead their campaign efforts for the 2016 election. We’ll also hear from Democrats in the state legislature who are calling for climate change policies, and from folks helping out with the transfer of a herd of former Yellowstone Bison from Ted Turner’s ranch to the Fort Peck Reservation. News about getting Native Americans to buy health insurance, too.


This just in: It’s still really cold. We get a little insight from a meteorologist on that. We’ll also hear what’s new and not-new about buying health insurance in Montana as opening day for approaches. We also have a story on a new scorecard that ranks Montana cities on their policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Forecasters say the current cold snap could break records before things warm back up again. A Kalispell man is charged in a Halloween assault on Whitefish's police chief, and veterans in Missoula and from around Montana talk about what today means to them.

Two hunters reported missing near Whitehall have been found. The attorney general will hold a hearing next week in Missoula on the sale of Community Medical Center. Sen. Tester talks about election losses, and leading the Democratic Party's Senate campaign in 2016.

We have more on the “crowd-shooting” incident outside Helena last weekend where hunters shot more than thirty elk. Our Campaign Beat analysts talk about what candidates did right and wrong this year - and look ahead to next year’s legislative session. We’ll also hear from educators and businesspeople in Helena who’re working to get more girls into science careers.

Thirty elk were killed last Sunday near Helena in an incident of questionable ethics. We'll also take a look at Montana's new tourism campaign, and human error has been ruled out in the train derailment that dumped the bodies of six jumbo jets into the Clark Fork river.

Voter turnout in Montana was basically the same this election as it was in the last mid-term contest in 2010. A round-up of election numbers is our top story. We'll also tell you which six counties John Lewis and Amanda Curtis won, and Edward O'Brien has an interview with a researcher who's speaking tonight at the University of Montana - about wildlife in the anthropocene.

Four out of five absentee voters in Montana have turned in their ballots, but overall voter turnout won't be know until the polls close. We get a taste of voting in small-town Montana, and Gov. Bullock says he's hoping the election results in a legislature he can work with.

The past and present owners of the paper mill in Frenchtown miss another deadline to propose their clean-up plans. Missoula's city council is talking over the purchase of Mountain Water tonight. A former Griz makes the NBA. And our election-night analysts tell us what they'll be watching for as

the returns roll in.

Montana’s political practices commissioner says a campaign mailer state Republicans are complaining about is not a problem. We’ll also tell you about the biggest ever donation to the University of Montana’s athletic department. We have a $10,000 fish story and our campaign beat analysts break down election happenings for the last time before voting day Tuesday.

More than 150,000 Montanans have already turned in their absentee ballots. A federal appeals court denies a request to block Montana's campaign finance laws. And a top bear biologist in the state says Yellowstone-area grizzlies are ready for state-level management.