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Evening Newscast 05-10-16

May 10, 2016
MTPR 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
MTPR 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
MTPR 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
MTPR 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
MTPR 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
MTPR 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.

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