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Evening Newscast 12-08-16

Dec 8, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A judge says he will not open to the public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site.

Montana authorities want to put convicted murderer Barry Beach back in prison after he was granted clemency by the governor last year.

The U.S. House has approved a water rights settlement with the Blackfeet tribe as part of a broader bill addressing water projects across the nation.

Evening Newscast 12-07-16

Dec 7, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Medical marijuana advocates won a victory in court Wednesday.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that there have been three times the number of norovirus outbreaks usually reported during this time of year. 

Montana lawmakers got a financial checkup on state pensions Tuesday.

Evening Newscast 12-06-16

Dec 6, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality announced today that Moore Oil, Inc. has agreed to resolve multiple violations at one of the company’s facilities in Libby.

Governor Steve Bullock’s nearly $10-billion-dollar budget proposal could mean Montanans will end up paying a little more for wine and cigarettes. Medical pot, too.

Evening Newscast 12-05-16

Dec 5, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The results of a voter approved constitutional initiative were certified today by the Secretary of State. But officials did not say when the crime victims’ rights amendment takes effect. 

Federal officials have approved a $57 million dam and fish bypass on the Yellowstone River, but construction can't proceed until a judge signs off.

Western Montana’s major suicide prevention collaborative relaunched under a new name today.

Evening Newscast 12-02-16

Dec 2, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Debate over the constitutional amendment voters passed this year has now turned into a lawsuit filed with the Montana Supreme Court.

Montana officials working to identify and contain invasive mussel populations are prohibiting the launch or removal of boats and docks from the Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

Evening Newscast 12-01-16

Dec 1, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom is stepping down effective December 31st, as the university continues to face declining enrollments and budget cuts.

An audit of the Office of the State Public Defender found the agency doesn't know how much money criminal defendants owe the agency, and that the office is not trying to collect the money while facing a three and a half million dollar budget shortfall. 

Workers who lost their jobs when the Weyerhaeuser Company shuttered its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls are now eligible to apply for federal benefits.

Evening Newscast 11-30-16

Nov 30, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Gov. Steve Bullock's budget proposal for the next two years includes a 10 percent cut for the Montana Highway Patrol — a 7.7 million dollar reduction that would mean the loss of 27 jobs, most of them troopers.

Modular homes that are left over from the boom in the Bakken oilfields will soon be helping house people in Missoula.

Gov. Steve Bullock declared a natural resource emergency today following the detection of aquatic invasive mussels in the state.

Evening Newscast 11-29-16

Nov 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Two bulls on a Beaverhead County ranch have tested positive for brucellosis.

The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says he expects visitor numbers to continue to grow but that he's gotten better at managing the crowds.

A defense attorney says a mentally disabled Colorado man serving a 100-year prison term in a Montana teacher's murder should be transferred to the custody of state mental health officials.

Evening Newscast 11-28-16

Nov 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Representative Ryan Zinke is considering a 2018 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jon Tester.

An attorney for a newspaper and an advocacy group will try to persuade a federal judge to strike down a 14-year-old court order that made settlement talks on Butte's ongoing mining waste cleanup confidential.

The federal government released rules today designed to help states improve schools and narrow achievement gaps.

Evening Newscast 11-23-16

Nov 23, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The federal government this week rejected Montana’s request to further delay implementation of the Real ID Act.

The Office of The Commissioner of Higher Education says UM needs to further reduce its faculty and staff numbers to match its lower enrollment numbers.

Montana's commissioner of political practices says state wildlife officials violated ethics laws by allowing the Montana Trappers Association to use state equipment to campaign against a ballot measure in 2014.