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Evening Newscast 01-19-17

Jan 19, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate has passed legislation to change the state's rape laws, and they will now go to the House for consideration.

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would infuse money back into the state’s main revenue fund by increasing taxes on new oil and gas wells.

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to destroy all information collected from collars placed on elk and wolves, which was obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area.

Montana lawmakers take up a privacy bill tomorrow.

Evening Newscast 01-18-17

Jan 18, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A group of Montana landowners, health advocates and conservationists have filed a lawsuit seeking to force energy companies to divulge more details about chemicals used in energy production.

A delegation of Orthodox Jewish rabbis from the US and Canada is thanking Montana Governor Steve Bullock and state leaders for defending the Jewish community in Whitefish, that was the target of threats and harassment by white supremacists.

A Kalispell man who died of injuries suffered in an avalanche in Glacier National Park triggered the slide while he was testing the stability of the snowpack.

A trial is underway in Missoula in the case of the former CEO of Vann's who is charged with defrauding the employee-owned electronics and appliance store, forcing it into bankruptcy.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke who is President-elect Trump’s pick for Secretary of Interior had a four-hour confirmation hearing before a Senate committee Tuesday.

New nationwide rules to curtail the practice of burning off excess natural gas from oil and gas wells on federal land took effect today after a judge said he saw no urgent reason to block them while a lawsuit proceeds.

Evening Newscast 01-16-17

Jan 16, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham


Montana firefighters are again hoping legislators can pass a bill to make it easier for them to secure workers' compensation.

Imagine driving your car, talking on your cell phone, then getting pulled over, ticketed and fined for it. Right now, cities and towns in Montana can individually decide whether or not that’s lawful. House Bill 194 would change that, barring anyone in the state from being legally punished for driving and using a device.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester said repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act appears imminent. He told legislators ripping it away without a replacement ready to take over will cause harm

Evening Newscast 01-13-17

Jan 13, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A major drug investigation that started in 2015 netted several pounds of methamphetamine, dozens of firearms and the conviction of eight defendants.

State officials, contractors, students and union representatives are urging lawmakers to pass a major public works package despite Montana's current budget crunch.

Leaders from the Blackfeet Nation joined Montana Congressman Steve Daines and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Washington today to celebrate the enactment of four Indian water rights settlements.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is revisiting whether fishers warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Evening Newscast 01-12-17

Jan 12, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s Congressional delegation is seeking to overturn federal mandates for driver’s licenses.

The chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court canceled his State of the Judiciary speech traditionally given to lawmakers after Senate President Scott Sales sent a letter saying senators don't have time to attend.

At least 80 Yellowstone National Park bison are now trapped in government corrals, and hundreds more will soon follow suit and be sent to slaughter.

Montana's legislative leaders are trying to cut off Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl's pay.

Evening Newscast 01-11-17

Jan 11, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Missoula County authorities have released the names of the two people who died in a shooting near Lolo.

A yearlong federal review shows coal sales from public lands need to be modernized to deal with climate change and give taxpayers a fair return.

The neo-Nazi website proposing an armed march through Whitefish on Martin Luther King Day now says it’s postponing its planned demonstration, after failing to submit a complete event permit application earlier this week.

Evening Newscast 01-10-17

Jan 10, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Two bills in the Montana legislature that would regulate air ambulances got their first hearings today.

Montana Republicans are tentatively targeting the first week of February to nominate a candidate for a special election to replace U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke.

The U.S. Interior Department Today canceled the final two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area between Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation.

Evening Newscast 01-09-17

Jan 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bi-partisan task force of lawmakers is proposing a package of seven bills this legislative session aiming to improve the work of Montana’s Public Defenders Office.

A 58-year-old Columbia Falls woman has reached a plea agreement in an investment fraud case.

City managers in Whitefish say they’ve received an application for a special event permit from a neo-Nazi website.

Evening Newscast 01-06-17

Jan 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bill that would update Montana’s legal definition of rape got its first hearing in a Senate committee today.

Students who were awarded a Montana STEM scholarship will have to find another way to pay their tuition this spring as the program that was to be funded by lottery proceeds doesn't have enough money to pay the awards.

A fifth Democrat has expressed interest in replacing Congressman Ryan Zinke if he is confirmed as Interior Secretary. Bozeman attorney John Meyer announced today that he wants to become his party’s nominee.