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Newscast 10-06-17

Oct 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The owners of one of the largest underground coal mines in the United States said today that the clock is running on potential layoffs at the mine.

The Northern Cheyenne Constitutional Court issued an emergency order yesterday declaring that ongoing efforts to remove Tribal President Jace Killsback from office are illegal.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Belgrade News are being sold next month.

Montana utility regulators have approved more favorable contract terms for a proposed solar farm west of Billings.

Evening Newscast 10-05-17

Oct 5, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Some Republican legislative leaders are now saying Montana will need a special session to deal with the state’s current budget crisis, and that they may be open to targeted, temporary tax increases. 

The Interior Department says it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands
used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.

Evening Newscast 10-04-17

Oct 4, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State lawmakers started taking up the challenge of Montana's $282 million budget shortfall in the first of two days of hearings in Helena Wednesday.

Federal wildlife officials say a cat-sized predator that lives in old-growth forests of the Northern Rockies is not in danger of extinction despite worries about habitat loss and accidental trapping.

There has been hours of public testimony in Helena today about the $228 million in state budget cuts Governor Steve Bullock is proposing.

Evening Newscast 10-03-17

Oct 3, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A winter storm that dropped heavy snowfall in north-central Montana Monday night closed roads and schools and brought down power lines.

An attorney for Montana Representative Greg Gianforte now says the congressman does not object to the release of his mug shot.

As many as 900 people are without power on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation following a record-breaking snowstorm.

Evening Newscast 10-02-17

Oct 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Interior Department's office of inspector general says it is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke's use of charter flights. Zinke disclosed last week that he has taken three charter flights, including a late-night trip from Las Vegas to Montana costing more than twelve thousand dollars.

The Chippewa Cree tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs can't fully account for $3.5 million, primarily in federal funds. That includes money for a corruption-plagued water project that's resulted in numerous convictions, according to government audits and federal officials.

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a 70-year prison sentence for Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man convicted of shooting a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage. The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case. 

The scoping period began Monday for an environmental impact statement on the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine, located near a Smith River tributary. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment until November 16.