Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Evening Newscast 07-17-15

Jul 17, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Senator Jon Tester says a forest management reform bill co-sponsored by Montana Republican Ryan Zinke that recently passed in the U.S House will have a tougher time in the Senate.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor are investigating the bankruptcy of a Montana appliance and electronics store that rendered its Employee Stock Ownership Plan worthless.

The U.S Senate this week passed an update to the "No Child Left Behind" education law.

Morning Newscast 07-17-15

Jul 17, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: authorities say an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking oil. Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick says there are no reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright.

Montana officials are prepared for a worse-than-average fire season, after a light snowpack and an unusually warm June have left much of the state in, or near, a state of drought. The Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee yesterday heard reports from about a dozen experts from different agencies around the state.

The teenager who survived a small plane crash in Washington's Cascade Mountains says she burned herself trying to pull her step-grandparents from the burning wreckage.

Morning Newscast 07-16-15

Jul 16, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: three leaders of an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe say tribal immunity from lawsuits extends to them as individuals.

Search crews have recovered two bodies from the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed into a Washington state mountainside over the weekend.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Maryland woman who was convicted of killing her estranged husband and his girlfriend in Montana must pay nearly $37,000 for the cost of her public defender.

Twenty-four counties in western and central Montana are officially drought disaster areas, under a declaration issued Wednesday by the U.S. Agriculture Department. Spokesman Jayson O’Neill with the Montana Agriculture Department says growers in those counties can apply for loans through the Farm Service Agency.

Evening Newscast 07-15-15

Jul 15, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Three leaders of an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe are claiming tribal immunity, and want a Vermont judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming they are predatory lenders who violate federal and state laws.

A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on Montana land held sacred by some American Indians objected to a 75-day review period sought by a federal panel considering the proposal.

Farmers and ranchers in 24 Montana counties can apply for financial assistance, after the U.S. Agriculture Department today declared them disaster areas.

Morning Newscast 07-15-15

Jul 15, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: a 16-year-old girl who survived the crash of a small plane in the rugged mountains of north-central Washington has finally made it home to Belllingham, Washington.

Federal officials say the error rate in Montana's food stamp program rose to more than twice the national average.

Be careful if you’re headed to Willow Creek reservoir any time soon. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports that several people came down with “swimmer’s itch” after going in the water at Willow Creek.

A 66-year-old Missoula man who was involved in a motorcycle crash in Butte has died.

Evening Newscast 07-14-15

Jul 14, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Federal officials say the error rate in Montana's food stamp program rose last year to more than twice the national average.

Members of Montana's congressional delegation say the Air Force is keeping an engineering squadron in Great Falls.

Farmers in the Flathead Lake region are harvesting cherries that are smaller, sweeter and about a week early...the result of a freeze in November followed by a hot spring and summer.

An appeals court says people who were convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law.

A 16-year-old girl told a 911 dispatcher that she "was the only one that survived" after a small plane crashed in the mountains of Washington state.

Morning Newcast 07-14-15

Jul 14, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The father of a teenage girl who survived a small-plane crash in the craggy, thickly forested mountains of north-central Washington state and emerged from the wilderness after hiking for a couple of days says she's doing remarkably well.

Two people charged with starting a wildfire that displaced two mountain lion cubs last summer have agreed to pay $9,450 in restitution in exchange for having felony charges dropped.

An attorney for jailed Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth is asking a federal appeals court for his release following two previous unsuccessful requests.

Police have arrested a man in connection with a homicide in Great Falls. The Cascade County Attorney tells the Great Falls Tribune that William David Miller was arrested last night on a charge of deliberate homicide.

Evening Newscast 07-13-15

Jul 13, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Lewis and Clark County prosecutors are re-evaluating the charges filed against a 25-year-old Helena man after his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter died of injuries suffered while in his care. Coleton Christos Coburn was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted deliberate homicide. Capt. Curt Stinson says the girl died of her injuries on Monday.

An attorney for jailed Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth is asking a federal appeals court for his release following two previous unsuccessful requests. The Medina, Washington man has been in the Cascade County Detention Center for almost three months after federal Judge Sam Haddon found him in contempt for not accounting for the $13 million he received for selling a Mexico resort in defiance of a court order.

Persistent rain and cooler temperatures brought welcome relief to parts of our parched listening area this past weekend. Fire managers say it's helped, but they’re also warning the public against letting its guard down.

Advocates are asking the Montana Supreme Court to reject the state's push to end commercial sales of medical marijuana, saying that elderly and disabled patients' access would be cut off if they can't buy the drug. The attorney representing 11 industry advocates says the medical marijuana industry would die if the high court allows the state’s entire overhaul of the medical marijuana system to go into effect.

Morning Newscast 07-13-15

Jul 13, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the Washington State Department of Transportation says crews are searching for a small, private plane that didn't reach its destination in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday.

Human remains have been found in a Helena-area home that burned to the ground last week.

Some Montana farmers are starting to harvest their wheat crop much earlier than usual this year, mostly because of the hot, dry weather.

Livestock producers say it hasn't taken long for grizzly bears and wolves to start taking a toll on livestock this summer in western Wyoming.

Morning Newscast 07-10-15

Jul 10, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the U.S. House has passed legislation designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and making it harder to file lawsuits that delay thinning projects.

Authorities say a man who was driven to a hospital in Bozeman with a gunshot wound to the abdomen accidentally shot himself while spinning a small-caliber handgun around his finger.

Federal officials will host a series of public meetings this summer on the U.S. government's coal program after criticism that corporations are profiting off publicly-owned reserves of the fuel at the expense of taxpayers.

Attendance at Glacier National Park soared in last month, making it the busiest June on record. The Flathead Beacon reports that 414 thousand visitors came to the park last month.

Evening Newscast 07-09-15

Jul 9, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A health insurance company will refund about $1.7 million to Montana customers that have been forced to pay what the state calls unfairly high prices.

The Blackfeet Tribe has withdrawn from talks with the U.S. Government over natural gas drilling leases on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet people.

The U-S House has passed legislation designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and making it harder to file lawsuits that delay thinning projects.

Federal officials will host a series of public meetings this summer on the U.S. government's coal program after criticism that corporations are profiting from publicly-owned reserves at the expense of taxpayers.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it was a wind gust that pushed a single-engine Cessna off the end of a wilderness airstrip in the Great Bear wilderness a last month, causing a crash that injured three men.

Morning Newscast 07-09-15

Jul 9, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

In today's morning newscast: A part-time sports reporter and medical marijuana patient from Glendive says legalizing pot for recreational use would be an economic boon for Montana.
Anthony Varriono has submitted a proposed ballot measure with the Secretary of State's office that would allow adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of pot.

Firefighters are reporting progress against three wildfires burning in Montana. They expect to fully contain the Glacier Rim fire south of Glacier National Park by today. And say the closed Canyon Creek Road will reopen to the public this morning.

Gov. Steve Bullock has issued an executive order declaring a state disaster exists in Powder River County after a series of storms in May and June.
 
Bullock says several weeks of storms have been damaging to the southeastern Montana county and have caused difficulty for residents. The storms with heavy rain caused rivers to rise to near-flood levels, damaging bridges and roads.

The Missoula City Council budget committee has approved a pay hike for city workers that would start with a raise to $12 an hour all the way up to $15 an hour by 2018.

Helena's city commissioners have agreed to seek the installation of signs explaining the history and controversy of a 98-year-old city park memorial that honors Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.

Evening Newscast 07-08-15

Jul 8, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A part-time sports reporter and medical marijuana patient from Glendive says legalizing pot for recreational use would be an economic boon for Montana.

Firefighters are reporting progress against three wildfires burning in Montana.

Montana is seeking aid from a national research organization to conduct a comprehensive study of the state's correctional system for the first time in 18 years.

The search for a North Dakota doctor last seen in southwestern Montana has moved from Gallatin County to Madison County after officials received a tip that Patrick J. Fitzpatrick might be in the Harrison area.

Morning Newscast 07-08-15

Jul 8, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: House Republicans are proposing that some wildfires be treated like federal disasters, an attempt to win broader support for legislation that targets overgrown national forest lands.

Firefighters are now working at least three wildfires in Montana. The newest, discovered Monday is burning about 10 miles north of Thompson Falls.

State officials are taking public comment on the plan to implement Medicaid expansion in Montana.

Gov. Steve Bullock raised considerably less money to fund his re-election this spring than he did in winter. But with $596 thousand in the bank, he's sitting on a half-million dollars more than any other candidate for public office in Montana.

Evening Newscast 07-07-15

Jul 7, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Firefighters are now working at least three wildfires in Montana.

Many have abandoned their landline telephones for the convenience of cell phones.  

But local emergencies, like the 2,000-acre wildfire burning in Bayview, Idaho can expose the limitations of that technology.

The home for a six-foot statue know as Big Mountain Jesus rests with a three judge federal appeals panel, this after a lawyer representing a group of atheists asked for it to be removed from U.S. Forest Service property in Whitefish.

At least three wild land fires are burning in Montana at this time, but none appear to be threatening homes or other structures.

Morning Newscast 07-07-15

Jul 7, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the office of the Commissioner of Higher Education is returning to the Montana Supreme Court to appeal a district judge's ruling ordering it to release information on any action the commissioner took after Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson appealed a university court recommendation he be expelled over a rape complaint.

A northwestern Montana woman is charged with mailing a loaded gun, ammunition and other weapons to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Yellowstone County officials have released the name of a 32-year-old man who was killed in a fireworks accident in Billings on July 4 as Nathan Vannatta.

Evening Newscast 07-06-15

Jul 6, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A woman from Troy is being charged with mailing a loaded gun, ammunition and other weapons to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Two churches in Butte that have been open for more than a hundred years are closing their doors for good.

A Canadian man has pleaded not guilty to charges that allege he had nearly 100 pounds of cocaine in his pickup truck while traveling through northwestern Montana.

Morning Newcast 07-06-15

Jul 6, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: a hot June in northwest Montana appears to have resulted in record electricity consumption.

The record warm temperatures in northwest Montana have hastened the area's cherry harvest.

A 32-year-old man has died in a fireworks accident at a Billings residence. Billings Police Sgt. Harley Kagle says the accident occurred about 10:30 Saturday night and appeared to involve a mortar tube.

Search and rescue teams are looking for a 74-year-old North Dakota doctor missing in western Montana.

Evening Newscast 07-03-15

Jul 3, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: There’s a red flag fire warning in effect Saturday for northwestern Montana, stretching from Hamilton and just north of Butte to the Canadian border and Idaho state line.

A red flag warning means “critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” the National Weather Service says.

The hot, dry conditions have prompted every county in western Montana to ban the use of fireworks, and public fireworks shows have been cancelled in Whitefish and Flathead County.

But public fireworks displays are still on in Missoula, Butte, Polson and Seeley Lake.

The only large wildfire in Montana at this time is now 50% contained, that’s the Glacier Rim fire just south of Glacier National Park.

Central and eastern Montana are being impacted by smoke from wildfires in Canada, with unhealthy conditions being reported in Malta in Lewistown. The air is unhealthy for sensitive groups in Great Falls, Bozeman, Billings and Birney. Moderate smoke conditions are reported in Butte and Helena.

Morning Newscast 07-03-15

Jul 3, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the Flathead County commissioners unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks throughout the county, on both public and private lands, due to a weekend forecast that calls for warm temperatures and sustained winds. Numerous other counties in western Montana have banned fireworks, as has Butte-Silver Bow County and the town of Deer Lodge.

Highway funding will likely be near the top of the Congressional agenda when business resumes after the holiday break.

The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order.

Evening Newscast 07-02-15

Jul 2, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The City of Whitefish has canceled its 4th of July public fireworks display, citing a fire weather watch for Saturday issued by the National Weather Service.

The Flathead County commissioners unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks throughout the county, on both public and private lands, due to a weekend forecast that calls for warm temperatures and sustained winds.

Low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western and southwestern Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

 

The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a $52 million jury verdict in a breach of contract case, but justices did not rule on the constitutionality of the state's $10 million cap on punitive damages.

Morning Newscast 07-02-15

Jul 2, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

A young boy playing with fireworks started a fire east of Ronan that caused $250 thousand of damage to a shop and department.

A panel of prominent scientists are meeting in Bozeman to talk about controlling brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone area. It’s the start of a year-long process to evaluate options for trying to control the disease.

Evening Newscast 07-01-15

Jul 1, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A Billings man has applied for a marriage license so he can legally wed his second wife.

The Glacier Rim fire burning outside Glacier National Park is being called 35% contained, and all of the smaller spot fires it started inside the park are now out.

A federal appeals court will take up a dispute over whether a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus should remain on U.S. Forest Service land next to the Whitefish Mountain ski resort.

A Helena judge says a state law cutting teachers' inflationary pension increases is unconstitutional.

A panel of prominent scientists are meeting in Bozeman to talk about controlling brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone area, It’s the start of a year-long process to evaluate options for trying to control the disease.

Morning Newscast 07-01-15

Jul 1, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: counties across western Montana today imposed Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.

Authorities say firefighters expect to contain a grass fire that spread quickly outside of Browning.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Jennifer Rankowski says the Glacier Rim Fire is currently at 85 acres and 30 percent contained.

At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews.

Evening Newscast 06-30-15

Jun 30, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews. Forest spokesman Tod McKay says thunderstorms produced 175 confirmed lighting strikes in the Bitterroot and Missoula areas last night.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Jennifer Rankowski has the latest on the Glacier Rim Fire burning just south of Glacier National Park.

Counties across western Montana today imposed Stage One fire restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. The restrictions come along with a ban on fireworks on all public and private land in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake, and Lincoln counties. Flathead County commissioners will vote Thursday on a county-wide fireworks ban.

Morning Newscast 06-30-15

Jun 30, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana and twelve other states sued the federal government yesterday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting a new rule extending the Clean Water Act to small streams and wetlands.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

A human-caused fire that began in northwestern Montana over the weekend has spread to 80 acres and has started eight spot fires in Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 06-29-15

Jun 29, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: New state data show that one in eight elementary schools in Montana have vaccination rates that are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Montana counties will receive nearly $27 million to compensate for non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

State wildlife officials killed two young bighorn rams after they were spotted near domestic sheep south of Malta, more than 20 miles from two nearby bighorn herds.

A man doing some fencing work in the Crazy Mountains found items belonging to a 38-year-old Bozeman man who went missing during an elk hunt last September.

Morning Newscast 06-29-15

Jun 29, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: firefighters are working to suppress a 30-acre wildfire in northern Montana. Officials say the fire started Saturday in the Flathead National Forest near Glacier National Park at a gravel pit west of the North Fork of the Flathead River.

A Helena judge has rejected environmental groups' claims that Gov. Steve Bullock violated open-meetings laws before nominating 5.1 million acres of forest land for priority management.

New state data shows that vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Evening Newscast 06-26-15

Jun 26, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Gay couples can now marry in Montana without a cloud of uncertainty following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure requiring federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers.

Opponents of same-sex marriage continue to look for ways to take a stand, even as the Supreme Court today declared it to be the law in every state.

A Gallatin County jury is deliberating in the case of an Iraq war veteran charged with shooting and killing a man during an argument outside a Bozeman house party.

Morning Newcast 06-26-15

Jun 26, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Supreme Court’s decision not to strike down subsidies to buy health insurance means nothing really changes for the 42,000 or so Montanans who’ve done so.

Montana has given up on barring corporations from the political arena and is instead attempting to expose every penny spent by them.

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure that requires federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers following two major oil spills into the Yellowstone River.

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