Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 04-13-15

Apr 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state House Judiciary Committee held a rare Saturday hearing on the Flathead tribal water rights this weekend.

Government scientists say a warming climate could significantly reduce the amount of greater sage grouse habitat in portions of Wyoming, a key stronghold for the troubled bird species.

A 28 year old Bozeman skier has died after being swept over a rock face by a small avalanche in Gallatin County.

The Bonner School superintendent has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a family member.

Evening Newscast 04-10-15

Apr 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The fight to stop Medicaid expansion in Montana isn’t over yet. Republicans in the state house are trying a new approach to stopping the bill that the House approved yesterday.

Capitol Reporter Steve Jess has an update on today's House Rules Committee meeting over the Medicaid expansion bill.

The Montana House endorsed a bill that would require health insurance companies to offer coverage plans that do not cover elective abortions.

Montana representatives passed a bill that would request the federal government to pay Montana 5% of all public land sales.

Morning Newscast 04-10-15

Apr 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a Medicaid expansion proposal that has been called the most conservative in the nation.

Montana senators have endorsed a budget to fund state services for the next two years.

Senators have turned away a proposal to repeal federal Common Core standards from Montana's public education system.

Montana lawmakers are slated to hear public testimony on a proposed water deal concerning the Flathead Reservation.

Evening Newscast 04-09-15

Apr 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75.

The Montana House has passed the hotly-contested Medicaid expansion bill. MTPR's Steve Jess followed the debate at the capitol.

Friday at the state Legislature, lawmakers will hear about a bill that would change who investigates false medical marijuana claims, and ups the penalties.

Morning Newscast 04-09-15

Apr 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, despite two days of political maneuvering by opponents, a Medicaid expansion bill will come up for debate and vote in the Montana House today.

Veterans seeking care at Montana's largest VA hospital experience more long delays than the national average despite pledges by senior officials to cut down on wait times.

Evening Newscast 04-08-15

Apr 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Medicaid expansion bill is still alive at the Montana legislature. It will be voted on by the full House of Representatives tomorrow afternoon.

State lawmakers debated reproductive rights today.

The Ravalli County commission is trying to find someone who can track down former county treasurer Valerie Stamey.

Morning Newscast 04-08-15

Apr 8, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, one of the biggest bills in this year’s Montana Legislature remains in limbo.

Montana senators are contemplating a fee system to pay for repairs to pedestrian trails around the state.

The Montana Senate has voted down a proposal that would have punished people who watch, not organize, animal fights.

The company responsible for a 30,000 gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River will try to remove its breached pipeline today as regulators investigate the cause of the accident that contaminated downstream water supplies.

Evening Newscast 04-07-15

Apr 7, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Democratic leadership at the state legislature is trying to revive a compromise Medicaid expansion bill on the House Floor

Former Montana Governor Tim Babcock died Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

A 24-year-old man has acknowledged stabbing a well-known photographer and philanthropist to death in downtown Billings.

Poor weather may have played a role in a small airplane crash that killed a Canadian pilot in MAHR County in March.

Morning Newscast 04-07-15

Apr 7, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a judge has heard closing arguments in the city of Missoula's effort to gain ownership of the water company that serves its residents.

U.S. safety officials say tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months.

A Montana man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering after prosecutors said his companies ran up $70 million in unauthorized charges on phone bills across the nation in a "cramming" scheme.

Evening Newscast 04-06-15

Apr 6, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, closing arguments concluded today in the condemnation trail for the City of Missoula’s water system.

A 46-year-old California man with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to 100 years in prison in a Montana drug case.

A lawyer for the company that owns Missoula’s city water system says it’s proven it can operate the system better than the city, and therefore it should not be forced to sell it to the city through condemnation.

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