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Evening Newscast 05-24-17

May 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Voters head to the polls starting at 7 AM  tomorrow to decide a nationally watched congressional election.

The University of Montana has offered early retirement incentives to 48 tenured faculty members age 65 and older in an effort to save money.

Some Montanans are getting phone calls with pre-recorded messages from President Donald Trump and others urging them to vote for Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte.

The city of Billings has been granted a third year to host the NAIA Division I women's basketball national tournament.

Evening Newscast 05-23-17

May 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s special election to fill its empty U.S. House seat is mere days away, but election officials say many voters still aren’t sure how to vote.

Hundreds of first responders, friends and family attended a memorial service Tuesday for Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore in Belgrade.

Campaign spending ahead of Thursday's special election to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat is already at record levels, with at least $17 million raised.

Evening Newscast 05-22-17

May 22, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

In the final week of the special election for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, Congressional hopefuls are packing in numerous stops around the state.

Law enforcement officers are investigating a shooting in Missoula that sent one person to the hospital Monday morning.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint today with the Montana Human Rights Bureau on behalf of four Native Americans, who say say they were barred entrance to a high school basketball game earlier this year because of their race. 

Funeral For Slain Montana Deputy Set For Tuesday

May 22, 2017
Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed on the morning of May 16 near Three Forks.
Broadwater County Sherrif's Dept.

On Tuesday, hundreds of law enforcement officers from Montana and surrounding states are expected to attend a memorial service for a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty.

“The family wants everyone and anyone to attend. Anyone that is interested in attending, please come,” says Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin.

Evening Newscast 05-19-17

May 19, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A memorial service is scheduled next week for a Montana sheriff's deputy who was shot to death during a traffic stop.

Anglers in Montana will need to purchase an aquatic invasive species prevention pass following legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock.

The nation's two largest tobacco companies spent a combined $147,000 through the first three months of the Montana legislative session to kill what would have been the state's first tobacco tax increase in 12 years.

U.S. House candidate Rob Quist’s campaign has announced larger venues for two of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign appearances in Montana tomorrow.

Evening Newscast 05-18-17

May 18, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A registered violent offender who pleaded guilty to transporting a minor from Montana to Wyoming and having sex with her has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

The Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge has canceled visitation until further notice to avoid spreading influenza from inmates to visitors.

Montana’s largest utility provider announced yesterday it is looking for small scale renewable energy projects that it’s required by law to buy.

Evening Newscast 05-17-17

May 17, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A suspect in yesterday’s shooting-death of a Montana sheriff's deputy died today.

A leading neo-Nazi website that stirred up online hate against people and businesses in Whitefish has published a Spanish-language edition.

A proposal for a new RV park outside the western entrance of Glacier National Park goes before Flathead County Commissioners Friday.

Evening Newscast 05-16-17

May 16, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Jewish rabbi in Whitefish is receiving national recognition for her leadership  in standing up to anti-Semitism.

A Montana sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop today.

While about $12 million is financing the U.S. House race between Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist, the Libertarian candidate says contributions to his campaign are just starting to roll in.

Tribes representing tens of thousands of indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will be signing a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Evening Newscast 05-15-17

May 15, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

About $12 million is fueling the special election between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte, according to latest campaign finance disclosures.

Helena Regional Airport in Montana will soon be using a full-body scanner for the first time since March 2013.

The U.S. Supreme Court today turned away challenges to open primaries in Hawaii and Montana.

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.
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Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte picked up the endorsements of three of Montana’s largest newspapers over the weekend. 

The Missoulian, the Helena Independent Record, and the Billings Gazette all endorsed Gianforte over Democrat Rob Quist in the race to fill the state’s open seat in congress.

Evening Newscast 05-12-17

May 12, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Billings this afternoon.

Authorities in western Montana have released the names of a couple that died in a murder-suicide at the residence east of Corvallis.

On the day Republican Candidate Greg Gianforte was grabbing headlines in and around Billings because of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the state, Democrat Rob Quist was at a low key event in Missoula.

Evening Newscast 05-11-17

May 11, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Donald Trump Jr. joined Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte on the campaign trail today in a four-city tour, two weeks before Montana selects its next congressman.

Governor Steve Bullock has vetoed 10 more bills, including one that would have allowed residential subdivision developers to resume drilling multiple small water wells from the same water source without a permit.

U.S. Department of Justice officials say a new audit has uncovered problems with how the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation managed $2.3 million in federal grants intended to address violence against women, substance abuse and tribal justice.

The University of Montana will be presenting its voluntary early retirement plan to eligible faculty tomorrow. 

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A 23-year-old Arizona woman who spent a week lost in a Montana wilderness area with her dog thanked her rescuers today.

Montana's Democratic U.S. House candidate has ties to a rental property not listed on state tax rolls.

Montana’s senior U.S. senator is calling for a special investigator to look into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Evening Newscast 03-20-17

May 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed seven more bills, including one that would prohibit doctors from performing late-term abortions and another that would allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons.

Four states are suing over the Trump administration's decision to restart the sale of coal leases on federal lands.

Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Billings on Friday to help Republican Greg Gianforte stump for votes ahead of the May 25 special election to fill Montana’s U.S. House seat.

It’s a short school week for students at a Helena middle school that was damaged by a fire yesterday afternoon.

Evening Newscast 05-08-17

May 8, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Officials in northwestern Montana are investigating two missing person's reports.

BNSF Railway says that, as a precautionary measure, it has removed material from the shore of Flathead Lake near Somers that has a mysterious, oily sheen.

Republican House Candidate Greg Gianforte’s campaign is downplaying his comments about the House health care bill that were secretly recorded and leaked to the media.

Montana’s been without a permanent U.S. Attorney for almost two straight months.

Evening Newscast 05-05-17

May 5, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

National Democrats are making a late bid to help their party's candidate in Montana's May 25 special congressional election.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to travel to Montana next weekend to campaign for Republican Greg Gianforte. Details on the trip have not yet been finalized.

Governor Steve Bullock used his veto pen yesterday to kill what he calls ‘a regular political game’ played by the legislature, to restrict the governor’s use of the state airplane.

Evening Newscast 05-04-17

May 4, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Environmental Protection Agency and BNSF Railway are responding to an unidentified sheen on the shoreline of Flathead Lake.

A Nevada consulting firm and three of its executives will pay a Native American tribe in Montana $2.5 million the tribe says was stolen from an online lending company it owns.

Montana didn’t have a vote on the health care bill that passed the U.S. House today.

Evening Newscast 05-03-17

May 3, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Three Montana cities have passed school bonds for construction, including a $125 million bond in Bozeman to build a new high school and remodel the current one.

With Montana lawmakers now adjourned, Gov. Steve Bullock faces a heap of bills to consider for his signature or veto.

The jail in Lake County is so overcrowded that there are more than 800 people on a waiting list to serve their time.

Evening Newscast 05-02-17

May 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Democratic candidate Rob Quist has reported an additional $57,000 in income previously not included in the financial disclosure statement he filed two months ago.

An eastern Montana man who was convicted of embezzling $1.9 million from 18 people that he convinced to invest in his "house flipping" business has been sentenced to 40 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

A federal agency that plans to build a new Yellowstone River dam and bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish only has about half the money needed for construction.

Evening Newscast 05-01-17

May 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

About 50,000 registered voters in the May 25th special election for Montana's lone congressional seat will be casting votes in new polling places.

Montana's federal bankruptcy judge has recused himself from overseeing the bankruptcy filing of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings because his former law firm provided assistance in the case.

Fire experts are predicting a slower than normal start to wildfire season in Montana this year, according to a season outlook released this afternoon.

Montana game wardens are investigating the poaching of 37 snow geese that were found southeast of Helena near Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

Evening Newscast 04-28-17

Apr 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Legislature has ended the 2017 legislative session. The Senate adjourned this morning after waiting for the House to take action on an $80 million infrastructure package and a related rural water system bill.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate has adjourned for the day after its attempt to bring the House back to the floor to pass an infrastructure package failed.

The state Senate has rejected Governor Steve Bullock's attempt to allow Montana's designated resort communities to raise the 3 percent sales tax they now collect.

Self-described 'mountain man' Don Nichols has been granted parole after serving nearly 32 years for kidnapping a world class athlete and killing her would-be rescuer in July 1984.

Evening Newscast 04-26-17

Apr 26, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A charter schools bill has won passage in the Montana Senate. The schools bill is tied to broader negotiations over an infrastructure bonding package.

Members of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe have voted overwhelmingly to approve a water compact that quantifies the tribe's water rights and confirms its jurisdiction over those rights on the reservation near Glacier National Park.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands. Trump called the protection efforts "a massive federal land grab" by previous administrations.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has endorsed a new measure that would charge some hospitals in the state more than $13 million to pay for a three-year expansion of a voluntary pre-school rating program.

The state House and Senate today passed a measure to give residents the option to buy a driver's license or identification card that complies with the federal Real ID Act.

Lawmakers wrapped up day 85 of their scheduled 90-day regular session with no agreement on a bonding package. Key lawmakers sat down this morning with the governor to talk about what could break the impasse.

Evening Newscast 04-24-17

Apr 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate has rejected an attempt by Gov. Steve Bullock to revive a bill that would have allowed counties to conduct the May 25 special congressional election by mail.

The Montana House has rejected another attempt to bring back an infrastructure bill that it previously voted down twice.

A bill to reform state campaign finance laws hit a snag today when Senators rejected work by their peers in the House.

Evening Newscast 04-21-17

Apr 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Donald Trump Jr. is in Montana to campaign and raise money for Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte. The president’s son is joining the Bozeman software entrepreneur turned political hopeful today and tomorrow to rally supporters on a 4 town tour of the state, in support for Gianforte’s bid for the U.S. House.

Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte welcomed the son of President Trump to a stage at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds today where a cheering crowd of more than 300 supporters gathered.

Evening Newscast 04-20-17

Apr 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The main state budget bill is now one vote away from being sent to the Governor’s desk.

Three minor party and independent candidates who want to run in Montana's special congressional election are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

A state higher education official says the University of Montana will offer buyouts or early retirement options to 80 to 100 employees in an effort to reduce school spending.

Evening Newscast 04-19-17

Apr 19, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has revived a bill to raise campaign contribution limits for state candidates a day after rejecting it on a tie vote.

A legislative committee has endorsed a Miami probation officer to lead Montana's Department of Corrections.

Yellowstone National Park on Friday will begin opening select roads for summer car traffic. Montana's utility regulators won a drawn out legislative struggle with the state’s largest utility today.

A federal judge has dismissed claims that Montana's commissioner of political practices retaliated against a state lawmaker who publicly disclosed a confidential ethics complaint against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

Evening Newscast 04-18-17

Apr 18, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Members of the Blackfeet Tribe are scheduled to vote Thursday on a water compact that’s been decades in the making.

Geese that died late last year after landing on the Berkeley Pit in Butte had severe internal tissue damage that appeared to have been caused by a corrosive substance.

An appeals court has denied a request by three minor party and independent candidates to place their names on the ballot for Montana's May 25 special congressional election.

A Whitefish woman is suing the publisher of a neo-Nazi website for orchestrating an online anti-Semitic campaign against her family.

Evening Newscast 04-17-17

Apr 17, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Congress may not know what to do about former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, but Montana lawmakers are pushing through legislation they believe will bring down healthcare costs and increase price transparency regardless of what happens in Washington.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines says he thinks American beef is almost back on the menu in China. The Montana University System will soon be paying current and former employees who are owed medical insurance claims.