Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 04-20-15

Apr 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Jon Krakauer's book about campus rape will be in bookstores tomorrow, and national media outlets already are running stories about it.

A new law enacted this year by the Montana Legislature clarifies when hunters must tag animals they successfully take in the state.

A family farm advocacy group ranks Montana as the seventh-best state in being committed to locally produced foods.

A 30 year old Columbia Falls man has died in an ATV crash near Eureka.

Evening Newscast 04-17-15

Apr 17, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's Evening Newscast: A fire at an automobile salvage yard near Somers sent thick plumes of black smoke throughout the Flathead Valley this afternoon.

Missoula residents are also seeing smoke this afternoon from a controlled burn at Blue Mountain, west of the city. The Lolo National Forest reported, quote, “beautiful” results from the prescribed fire on their Facebook page a few hours ago.

Montana’s compromise Medicaid expansion bill came a step closer to becoming law today.

Today at the state Legislature, the Senate Finance and Claims Committee passed a bill to increase prices on hunting tags.

Morning Newscast 04-17-15

Apr 17, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the largest and last of seven Montana tribal compacts has passed out of the state Legislature and will soon move to the U.S. Congress for authorization.

Technological glitches aren't stopping most of Montana's school districts from administering tests linked to Common Core.

Republican representatives have advanced a proposal to provide tax credits for anyone who donates to certain educational programs, both public and private.

Evening Newscast 04-16-15

Apr 16, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, bills on education funding and human trafficking both advanced at the legislature today, and moved to within one vote of going to the Governor’s desk.

Technological glitches aren't stopping most of Montana's school districts from administering tests linked to Common Core.

Morning Newscast 04-16-15

Apr 16, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday debated and approved the Flathead Reservation water compact.

A measure requiring more disclosure surrounding campaign donations has passed the Legislature and is headed to the governor for his signature.

Missoula's Samantha Moore thinks she may know why Montana produces so many AmeriCorps volunteers; more than any other state according to new data from the federal agency that runs the program.

As expected, the state House rejected the Senate's work on the state's main budget bill.

Evening Newscast 04-15-15

Apr 15, 2015
Josh Burnham

    

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the Montana House narrowly approved the Flathead Reservation Water Compact after more than three hours of debate on the House floor.

A measure requiring more disclosure surrounding campaign donations has passed the Legislature and is headed to the governor for his signature.

Morning Newscast 04-15-15

Apr 15, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the proposed Flathead Water Compact will come up for a vote in the Montana House today.

Gov. Steve Bullock is ramping up fundraising for his 2016 campaign.

The final deadline to file state and federal tax returns is now just hours off.

A state Senate panel has approved a plan to keep certain sex offenders from living near children.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass a bill yesterday that would create a two-year study on the Office of the State Public Defender.

Evening Newscast 04-14-15

Apr 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the proposed Flathead Water Compact will come up for a vote in the Montana House tomorrow.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal game wardens killed six bighorn sheep that escaped from the National Bison Range over concerns that they could have been exposed to pneumonia.

Federal land managers plan a summer roundup of wild horses from Montana's Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range to curb the size of its herd.

Morning Newscast 04-14-15

Apr 14, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, at the state legislature yesterday, a Republican-led House panel voted down the Flathead water compact, but that doesn’t mean the bill is dead.

The final pieces of a Republican plan to expand mental health care are approaching approval in the Legislature.

The Montana Legislature has passed a bill to join every other state in outlawing bullying.

The Montana Democratic Party has appointed Nancy Keenan as its new executive director.

Evening Newscast 04-13-15

Apr 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Republican-led House panel voted down the Flathead water compact, but that doesn’t mean the bill is dead.

Also in legislation, lawmakers passed a bill Monday to join every other state in outlawing bullying.

The Montana Democratic Party has appointed Nancy Keenan as its new executive director.

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.

Evening Newscast 04-03-15

Apr 3, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Highway Patrol has reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming the patrol improperly detained Hispanic drivers over unfounded concerns they were in the country illegally.

Fewer wolf deaths were reported in Montana in 2014 than in the previous year, but the population is trending downward.

The Montana Legislature is taking a Spring Break through Monday as it prepares for its final four weeks of work.  Steve Jess has a look at what lawmakers have done so far.

Evening Newscast 04-02-15

Apr 2, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A 25-year-old Columbia Falls man says he was intoxicated and looking for drugs when he broke into a Kalispell clinic last year and caused significant damage.

Following a tour of some of Montana’s V-A health facilities this week, Democrat Jon Tester sent a letter to fellow senators asking for $244 million to train more nurses.

Montana's Crow Tribe has reached an agreement with federal officials to jointly develop hydropower on the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam.

Evening Newscast 04-01-15

Apr 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Today at the state legislature, discussions started in the Senate about the state budget.

The assistant helitack manager on the Helena National Forest is the only survivor of helicopter crash in Mississippi Monday.

The only Medicaid expansion plan that’s still alive in the Montana Legislature has been assigned to a House Committee – the same committee that killed Governor Bullock’s original Medicaid expansion plan last month.

State lawmakers passed a measure urging school employees to complete suicide awareness and prevention training.

Evening Newscast 03-31-15

Mar 31, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Today at the state Legislature, the House of Representatives voted down a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

Authorities on the high line have recovered the body of a Canadian man, the last of three foreign tourists who were found dead after going missing during a November fishing trip.

VA secretary Robert McDonald is hearing a range of concerns about his agency's performance on a two-day tour of VA facilities in Montana.

Evening Newscast 03-30-15

Mar 30, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Senate has passed a Republican lawmaker's compromise Medicaid expansion bill.

Some conservation groups and outdoor-related business are critical of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for his vote on an amendment related to federal land transfers.

A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005.

Ravalli County officials have released the name of a 74-year-old Conner man who died after falling into the Bitterroot River while fishing.

Evening Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

A problem with the company that’s administering Montana's student achievement tests has postponed the start of the so-called “Smarter Balanced” exams.

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings.

A 74-year-old Darby-area man drowned in the Bitterroot River yesterday after the boat he and two others were in struck a submerged log, throwing all three men into the river.

Morning Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Montana senators have endorsed the only surviving bill to raise highway speed limits.

State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000 gallon oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The last-standing Medicaid expansion bill in the Montana Legislature has had a second hearing after it stalled in a different committee.

Evening Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Critics of a Montana “religious freedom” bill say that the measure would actually promote discrimination, even anarchy, if it’s passed.

Morning Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday passed a bill requiring fetuses past twenty weeks of gestation to be anesthetized before any surgery.

A House tax panel is expected to take action this week on a three-year state revenue estimate that's a compromise between the latest recommendations from lawmakers and the governor's office.

The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday approved expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, a huge new airspace for military bombers to practice.

Evening Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State Department of Revenue officials today sided against former real estate mogul Tim Blixeth, who challenged the state's tax claims.

A new study has found no evidence that forests infested with mountain pine beetles are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

A University of Montana student is recovering from a hantavirus infection that left him hospitalized for nine days.

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