Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

A Missoula teenager pleads guilty in a burglary at Markus Kaarma's house. Grizzly bear deaths are down around Yellowstone, but one shot Monday near Glacier has died. Fish, Wildlife and Parks drops plans for a hunter confidentiality law. And a study on landslides inside the

Berkeley Pit in Butte will be made public soon. Those stories, bat news, the weather and a commentary are coming up in two minutes on Montana Evening Edition.

Stanford and Dartmouth are apologizing for a controversial Montana campaign mailer. Ryan Zinke and his opponents come to different conclusions about newly revealed details of his military service. And author Tim O'Brien is in Missoula to talk about his "big read."

One of the two universities involved in a controversial campaign mailer is negotiating with Montana election authorities - but not the other. Candidates for federal office make their final campaign swings across the state this week. And new figures show far less outside spending in Montana's Senate race than in 2012.

It was a busy week in election news. Our Campaign Beat analysts recap both the senate and house debates. They'll also discuss the controversial political mailer sent to thousands of Montana voters. That's our top story tonight on Montana Evening Edition. Also, hundreds of farmers are meeting this week in Great Falls. Edward O'Brien speaks with a leader in the farming community about modern challenges in Montana agriculture.

Montana Evening Edition continues its series of in-depth interviews with the major party candidates to represent Montana - tonight, News Director Eric Whitney's conversation with Steve Daines. We'll also hear from election officials about a political mailer that's causing confusion and complaints from Montana voters.

Our in-depth interviews with the major party candidates to represent Montana in Congress continues - tonight, Amanda Curtis. That's our top story on Montana Evening Edition. We'll also hear the latest on real estate sales in Missoula and elsewhere in Montana, and have a commentary.

There's one more debate for Montana's open seat in the U.S. Senate tonight. A look at how the major party candidates performed last night is our top story on Montana Evening Edition. And we continue our series of interviews with the four Democrats and Republicans running for federal office in Montana. Tonight: Ryan Zinke on why he deserves Montana's lone House seat.

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition, we'll have lots of election coverage, including the first in our series of in-depth interviews with candidates from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races. We begin that series with House candidate John Lewis. Also, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We'll hear from Montana author Doug Peacock.

A poll out today shows Republicans leading Democrats in the races to represent Montana in the U.S. House and Senate. Also, our Campaign Beat analysts will talk about what the poll numbers mean, and about the big fundraising lead Ryan Zinke now has over John Lewis.

Missoula's Providence St. Patrick Hospital is one of four nationwide that's made special preparations to care for a patient with Ebola, but at least two Missoula physicians say they're not sure it's really ready. We'll also hear from the U.S. Forest Service's top official in the northern region about harvesting more timber.

Montana's ACLU asks a federal judge to rule quickly on the state's same-sex marriage ban. Gov. Bullock visits Missoula to stump for his early childhood education proposal. And Ryan Zinke fights back against charges he wants to sell public lands.

The employees of Missoula's water company say the city should give up trying to take it over. Local health officials say there's little risk to the public if St. Patrick hospital gets a patient with Ebola. And Republicans react to Gov. Bullock's plan to spend more on early childhood education.

Gov. Bullock makes the case to give Montana preschoolers an "early edge." Both sides in the debate over election day voter registration say it's about making election day easier for everyday Montanans. Three thousand teachers are on their way to Missoula to sharpen their skills.

The Army War College has found Sen. John Walsh guilty of plagiarism, and revoked his master's degree. Montana's insurance commissioner issues a new rule for prescription drug coverage. And our political analysts take a look at Montana's state legislative races and ads.

The two candidates for Missoula County Sheriff have very different opinions about the ruling that one of them broke campaign finance laws. We'll have reactions from both of them.  Also, U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis uses a Billings rally to chastise her opponent, Steve Daines, for what she says is a poor record on women's issues.

The flu officially arrives in Montana. Groups from across the state meet to decide the future of a bison herd. We'll hear three different opinions on how they should be managed. And an author and survivor of wars in South Sudan arrives in Missoula to give some high school students some perspective.

A federal court with jurisdiction in Montana throws out gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. State wildlife officials are considering anonymity for hunters. Sen. Jon Tester wants Congressional debate on funding to fight ISIS. And health officials in Omaha offer Missoula advice for accepting patients with Ebola.

Absentee voting starts today in Montana. Gay marriage advocates are applauding today's Supreme Court decision. Montana's U.S. House candidates turn in a more spirited performance this weekend in Bozeman. And a reporter in Polson is arrested while doing his job.

Gov. Bullock continued his tour of Montana last night, making his case for a new carbon emission plan. The federal government is setting tougher emission standards across the country, and that has some people in the coal industry worried about losing their jobs. Eric Whitney will have more from last night's public meeting in Missoula.

We'll also have political analysis of this week's congressional debate between U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke.

The U.S. Forest Service says it had to go hundreds of millions of dollars over budget this year to fight fires in Montana, but it shouldn't affect other areas of forest management.

We'll also speak with an economics expert who has ideas about how to help curb firefighting costs, and talks about protecting private homes near public lands.

Governor Bullock's climate plan gets a chilly reception in Montana's coal country. And there's been a change in plan to relocate a group of bison out of Yellowstone.

Governor Bullock's ideas for how to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants gets its first public airing tonight in Colstrip - we talk to a lawmaker from there. Montana business people who are just back from the state's trade mission to China tell us about their trip. And more Republican leaders join a lawsuit to change Montana voting laws.

The Billings originally sentenced to a month in jail gets a new, 10-year sentence. Montana's campaign season seems like kind of a snoozer so far. And volunteers will help clean up Montana's newest state park this weekend. The infamous trailer of rotting chicken in Missoula is finally buried.

A political analyst says both candidates from Montana's U.S. House seat have to "tread a fine line" in tonight's debate. Missoula's Saint Patrick Hospital says it's ready to treat an ebola patient if the need arises. And we hear from a Missoula doctor who's just returned from the front lines of the ebola fight.

Newscast 09-26-2014

Sep 26, 2014

The Billings originally sentenced to a month in jail gets a new, 10-year sentence.

Montana's campaign season seems like kind of a snoozer so far.

And volunteers will help clean up Montana's newest state park this weekend.

The infamous trailer of rotting chicken in Missoula is finally buried.

The U.S. Forest Service is extending the comment period on its controversial policy of requiring permits to film or take pictures in wilderness. We'll hear from the four men running for Montana's Supreme Court. And a second European man is punished for piloting a drone in Yellowstone National Park.

The head of the Canadian company that's trying to buy Missoula's water system says they're in Montana for the long haul.Missoula's Mayor says he's not sure that company can even legally buy the city water system. Montana supreme court candidates debate. And a truckload of raw chicken is held for ransom on I-90.

Tribes from the U.S and Canada sign a new "Buffalo Treaty." A Lolo area man is dead in an accidental shooting. A Missoula principal in hot water announces his retirement. And we hear from the new publisher of Missoula's daily newspaper.

Newscast 09-22-2014

Sep 22, 2014

A late-season fire in Missoula is quickly brought under control. The University of Montana talks about why enrollment is down again this year. And a leading Montana climate scientist says it looks like the state is making progress in talking about climate change.

Newscast 09-19-2014

Sep 19, 2014

Missoula's city water system is potentially sold to a Canadian company. Sally Mauk takes a look at the latest campaign ads. And renewable energy advocates want to change how Montanans pay their utility bills.