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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.

Evening Newscast 04-27-16

Apr 27, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An attorney for Montana's university system says the release of records about a rape case to author Jon Krakauer could prevent other students from coming forward as witnesses in the future disciplinary proceedings.

A man charged with killing three people in a tiny Montana town near the Wyoming border has pleaded not guilty to three counts of deliberate homicide.

More Montanans with developmental disabilities will be moving into community-based care under a plan approved today in Boulder.

Morning Newscast 04-27-16

Apr 27, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

 A prosecutor says a woman on the Fort Peck reservation will be charged with murder in the beating death of a 13-month-old girl.

The Montana Supreme Court is in Bozeman today hearing oral arguments in a case between an investigative journalist and the State of Montana.

A former University of Montana football player who pleaded guilty to rape in 2010 will be granted parole after he completes a pre-release program in Billings.

Evening Newscast 04-26-16

Apr 26, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The federal government has dismissed the permit for the controversial Tongue River Railroad.

A Bozeman man has pleaded guilty to breaking into his former girlfriend's house in violation of a restraining order and shooting her to death as she tried to hide in her closet.

Morning Newscast 04-26-16

Apr 26, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state Supreme Court will delay enforcement of the severe medical marijuana restrictions it upheld until Aug. 31.

The Protect Montana Kids Commission has drafted recommendations for the Governor on ways to improve to the state's child protection system.

A 3-year-old Butte boy has died of injuries suffered when he was crushed by a boat dock at Canyon Ferry Lake. Landon Haight died Sunday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Residents of a rural northern Nevada town are volunteering in the first public-private partnership of its kind providing water for wild horses and shooting the mares with contraceptive darts to help shrink the size of the herd.

Evening Newscast 04-25-16

Apr 25, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Protect Montana Kids Commission has drafted recommendations for the Governor on ways to improve to the state’s child protection system.

An all-time record of 2.9 inches of rain fell in Miles City on Sunday.

State officials today released the third and final water quality report for the March 3rd wastewater spill that polluted parts of the Gallatin River.

Federal and state fisheries officials say a judge should uphold a 2014 decision that a fish found in southwestern Montana streams doesn't need special protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Morning Newscast 04-25-16

Apr 25, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Federal officials are trying to come up with a guide to determine where recreation and timber harvesting and other uses can occur on nearly 3 million acres of the newly combined Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

A bill that would make the American bison the “national mammal” is making its way through the U.S. Congress with rare bi-partisan support.

Montana regulators have approved a land deal that will help Milltown State Park in Missoula expand to the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers.

The Montana State Parks and Recreation Board is asking Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Jeff Hagener to put together a committee to explore what to do with 16 state parks that have limits on them because they were purchased in part with federal dollars.

Evening Newscast 04-22-16

Apr 22, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Supreme Court met in Missoula today to discuss the future of the city’s water system.

The leader of two American Indian tribes says the alleged beating death of a one year old girl this week, and the recent kidnapping of a second child reflect a rising drug epidemic that his Montana reservation has failed to address.

Two more roads are now open to cars in Glacier National Park.

Morning Newscast 04-22-16

Apr 22, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

 A suspect is scheduled to appear in tribal court today in the death of a 1-year-old girl on Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

A former Lewis and Clark County sheriff's deputy charged with hitting and pulling a gun on a man while drunk at a party has received a deferred sentence.

It may be a while before a 2,000 gallon gasoline spill is fully cleaned up outside Alberton.

A federal judge is demanding jailed former billionaire Tim Blixseth reveal what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars he diverted from a luxury Montana resort.

Evening Newscast 04-21-16

Apr 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A woman jailed in connection with the death of a one year old girl on the Fort Peck Indian reservation is scheduled to appear in tribal court tomorrow.

A man who has argued he was wrongly convicted of raping a 13 year old boy at the juvenile detention center in Missoula County in 2002 has been released from a private prison in Shelby.

The man hired to guide the federal government’s grizzly bear recovery program retires at the end of this month.

Evening Newscast 04-20-16

Apr 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The search for a 1-year-old girl who authorities believe was abducted from her home on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation ended today with the discovery of her body and a suspect in custody, officials said.

Robocalls placed by the Ted Cruz presidential campaign is prompting complaints from some Montanans.

Morning Newscast 4-20-16

Apr 20, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Authorities in North Dakota are searching for a 1-year-old girl they believe might have been abducted.

The Missoula County attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the case against a man who was convicted of raping a 13-year-old boy at the county's juvenile detention facility in 2002.

A group campaigning to reform Montana’s medical marijuana law is getting a late start in collecting the signatures needed to qualify their initiative for the November ballot.

Evening Newscast 04-19-16

Apr 19, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Advocates for medical marijuana in Montana have just nine weeks to collect the 24,175 signatures needed to qualify an initiative for the November ballot.

A Kalispell attorney is denying professional misconduct charges that allege he put a lien on a client's property for non-payment of fees and then anonymous bought the property at a sheriff's sale for below market prices.

The Missoula County attorney has filed a motion to dismiss rape charges filed against a then 17 year old boy accused of raping a fellow inmate at the county's juvenile detention facility.

Morning Newscast 04-19-16

Apr 19, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Monday,the final day for Americans to file state and federal tax forms without an extension, Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte announced a tax proposal he dubs his "406 Tax Relief" plan.

Montana's prosecution of Republican candidates accused of taking illegal corporate contributions is either preventing corruption or stymieing democracy in action, depending on who you ask. Those were the arguments in federal court Monday as the state tries to prove that its case against nine 2010 Republican candidates is evidence that justifies Montana's low campaign contribution limits.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether federal felony charges can be filed against defendants who were previously convicted of multiple domestic violence counts in tribal courts that didn't provide attorneys.

A Billings attorney is facing charges after police say she had been driving drunk with 3 children in her car.

Federal land managers have agreed to restore information about grazing allotments not meeting rangeland health standards in 13 Western states after a public lands advocacy group complained about the omission. The U.S. BLM agreed the information, covering over 150 million acres is needed after Washington D.C. based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed an administrative complaint.

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