Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 06-29-15

Jun 29, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: firefighters are working to suppress a 30-acre wildfire in northern Montana. Officials say the fire started Saturday in the Flathead National Forest near Glacier National Park at a gravel pit west of the North Fork of the Flathead River.

A Helena judge has rejected environmental groups' claims that Gov. Steve Bullock violated open-meetings laws before nominating 5.1 million acres of forest land for priority management.

New state data shows that vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Evening Newscast 06-26-15

Jun 26, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Gay couples can now marry in Montana without a cloud of uncertainty following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure requiring federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers.

Opponents of same-sex marriage continue to look for ways to take a stand, even as the Supreme Court today declared it to be the law in every state.

A Gallatin County jury is deliberating in the case of an Iraq war veteran charged with shooting and killing a man during an argument outside a Bozeman house party.

Morning Newcast 06-26-15

Jun 26, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Supreme Court’s decision not to strike down subsidies to buy health insurance means nothing really changes for the 42,000 or so Montanans who’ve done so.

Montana has given up on barring corporations from the political arena and is instead attempting to expose every penny spent by them.

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure that requires federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers following two major oil spills into the Yellowstone River.

Evening Newscast 06-25-15

Jun 25, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The Supreme Court’s decision not to strike down subsidies to buy health insurance means nothing really changes for the 42,000 or so Montanans who’ve done so so far.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have filed paperwork claiming water use rights in Montana both on and off the Flathead reservation.

Hunters have less than a week to throw their name in the hat to win the chance for a dream hunt. Corin Cates-Carney reports on Montana’s SuperTag lottery deadline.

Yellowstone County officials are asking state prison officials to move their inmates quickly to help with jail overcrowding.

Search and Rescue teams rescued a family of ten from Texas, after they got lost during a hike in southwestern Montana.

Morning Newscast 06-25-15

Jun 25, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: an analysis of the state's finances last year has revealed 125 errors and a lack of internal controls that could have brought the inaccuracies to light earlier.

A new indictment charges a Havre businessman with bribing the head of the Chippewa Cree tribe's roads department and overcharging the work his company did as part of a $10.6 million federal stimulus grant to the tribe.

Yellowstone County officials are asking state Department of Corrections administrators to move their inmates quickly to help with jail overcrowding.

Evening Newscast 06-24-15

Jun 24, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Embarrassed officials from the Bullock administration today apologized to state lawmakers for releasing a report that auditors later found contained massive errors.

There’s a new indictment against a Havre businessman for allegedly defrauding the federal government.

The Private company  that owns Missoula's city water system is appealing a judge's order that forces it to sell the water company to the city.

Montana oil and gas regulators are considering a requirement for energy companies to maintain a buffer between homes and drilling activities.

Morning Newscast 06-24-15

Jun 24, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana Tech's chancellor says he did not conspire with Saudi diplomats to fly students involved in a grade-changing scandal out of the United States.

The 2016 election is more than sixteen months away, but the race for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House already has its first candidate, James St. Goddard, a former Blackfeet Tribal Council member.

Two candidates have entered the race to replace Montana's term-limited Superintendent of Public Instruction: Elsie Arntzen and Melissa Romano-Lehman.

Evening Newscast 06-23-15

Jun 23, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The Montana University System's spokesman says Montana Tech's chancellor appropriately handled a grade-changing scandal involving students from Saudi Arabia.

A Blackfeet tribal member said Tuesday he is running for Montana's U.S. House seat as a Democrat in 2016.

An iconic ski area northeast of Missoula is up for sale more than a decade after its pink chair lifts stopped running.

Morning Newscast 06-23-15

Jun 23, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana is among a group of Republicans who received donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof.

Helena voters defeated a $70-million-dollar school facilities bond proposal.

Documents published by WikiLeaks show that Saudi students caught up in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were secretly offered flights home by the kingdom's diplomats to avoid possible arrest or deportation.

Evening Newscast 06-22-15

Jun 22, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Helena school officials are considering their next move in the wake of last week's defeat of a $70-million elementary school bond.

Artist and historian Robert F. "Bob" Morgan, the founder of Helena's Western Rendezvous of Art, has died of kidney failure. He was 85.

After four years as the deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park, Kym Hall is leaving Montana.

A federal appeals court has decided the U.S. Forest Service failed to thoroughly analyze or publicize the impact of snowmobiles on wildlife in Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Morning Newscast 06-22-15

Jun 22, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Yellowstone National Park has seen about 24 percent more visitors January through May of this year compared to the same time period in 2014.

Investigators have determined that the fire at the Livestock Commission Building in Miles City was an accident.

The Chippewa Cree tribe will hold a special election for a new chairman on June 30.

The Montana World Trade Center at the University of Montana recently completed a trade mission to Canada.

Evening Newscast 06-19-15

Jun 19, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana farmers will have to take the changing climate into account, even planting different species to accommodate warmer temperatures.

Health officials are joining a push for the Environmental Protection Agency to acknowledge East Helena meets air quality standards for sulfur dioxide and lead.

A Billings car dealer is once again proposing a ballot measure to ban medical marijuana in Montana.

Montana will keep doing business with a testing company despite technical flaws this year that likely dropped the state below a required participation rate.

Morning Newscast 06-19-15

Jun 19, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: after a three day sentencing hearing, the case involving the vandalism and closing of the Flathead Valley’s only clinic to provide abortions came to an end today.

The younger sister of Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke was arrested after officers found methamphetamine in a vehicle during a northeastern Montana traffic stop.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is proposing to place the image of the first woman elected to Congress on the new $10 bill.

The test maker behind Common Core assessments in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota has denied a breach of contract accusation after computer problems forced a halt to the online exams in April.

Evening Newscast 06-18-15

Jun 18, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana’s 21 thousand miles of streams and rivers are open for free fishing this weekend in honor of father’s day.

The younger sister of Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke was arrested after officers found methamphetamine in a vehicle during a northeastern Montana traffic stop.

After a three day sentencing hearing, the case involving the vandalism and closing of the Flathead Valley’s only clinic to provide abortions came to an end today.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is proposing to place the image of the first woman elected to Congress on the new $10 bill.

Morning Newscast 06-18-15

Jun 18, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is calling for a congressional hearing on the government's pipeline safety agency following two oil spills into Montana's Yellowstone River in the past five years.

Hundreds of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless got some welcome assistance at the Flathead County Fairgrounds yesterday. The sixth annual Project Homeless Connect is a place to get a free lunch, a dental screen, shots and replacement ID card.

A Montana man investors say is raising money for a fake documentary insists the film is real, but some promises he made are not. A Helena judge has ordered him to stop raising money for his cowboy documentary until a hearing in August.

Law officers are looking for a man in connection with a shooting outside a northwest Montana bar that left two people injured.

A former Missoula Parking Commission employee who stole a big chunk of change from a parking meter has been ordered to repay the city $17,400.

Evening Newscast 06-17-15

Jun 17, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bill to to expedite forest management activities on federal forests continues to pick up steam in Congress.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is calling for a congressional hearing on the government's pipeline safety agency following two oil spills into Montana's Yellowstone River in the past five years.

Federal prosecutors say nine people in Montana have been convicted in an operation that uncovered more than $550,000 in fraudulent payments from Social Security, Medicaid and two programs for the needy.

A Montana man accused of raising money for a fake documentary insists the film is real, but some promises he made are not.

Morning Newscast 06-17-15

Jun 17, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Governor Steve Bullock today capped a two-day summit meeting with leaders of Montana’s eight tribal nations by signing an executive order creating a new Office of American Indian Health.

Opponents of animal trapping are again trying to petition voters to ban such activity on state and federal land.

The Wyoming State Engineer says he expects it may take a year to resolve the legal dispute between Wyoming and Montana over water rights on the Tongue River.

Evening Newscast 06-16-15

Jun 16, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The lifespan of Montana’s Native Americans is twenty years shorter, on average, than others in the state.  Montana Governor Steve Bullock is launching an effort to close that gap by finding and fixing the shortcomings of the health care system for the state’s Indian population.

A Billings man faces a criminal endangerment charge after a standoff at a Bozeman motel that began when dispatchers received a 911 call and heard a child state that he was scared because there was a "bad guy" in the room.

Officials in Missoula County have identified a 30-year-old woman who died after being thrown from a horse over the weekend.

Morning Newscast 06-16-15

Jun 16, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: a judge has sided with the city in Missoula's effort to gain ownership of the water company that serves its residents.

The U.S Forest Service could have fewer firefighting air tankers than it originally planned for this fire season.

Leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians want Montana officials to allow its members to hunt more bison that leave Yellowstone National Park.

A Cascade-area couple says state firefighters unnecessarily cut down a tree housing a bald eagle's nest and killed an eaglet while fighting a fire last week.

Evening Newscast 06-15-15

Jun 15, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S Forest Service could have fewer firefighting air tankers than it originally planned for this fire season.

A 24­ year­ old man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the stabbing death of a Billings photographer and philanthropist who often gave money to people in need.

Fire danger is now high in Missoula County, one month earlier than last year.

Today in Helena, an appointed committee began preparations to close the Montana Developmental Center and put its clients into community­based treatment.

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating the University of Washington over its response to a report of sexual violence.

Morning Newscast 06-15-15

Jun 15, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has extended the public comment period from 30 to 60 days on a proposed elk hunting season.

A wildlife group is asking a federal judge to stop domestic sheep grazing that it says is a threat to wildlife on U.S. National Forest land in the Gravelly Mountains of southwest Montana.

A Montana Human Rights Bureau investigation has found that the Missoula Marathon discriminated against disabled athletes who wanted to travel the course using hand cycles.

Evening Newscast 06-12-15

Jun 12, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: One of four companies offering individual health insurance in Montana on healthcare.gov is pulling out of the state.

Assurant Health plans to notify its Montana customers that it will stop selling and renewing health insurance coverage at the end of the year.

Eight people in Montana are receiving rabies shots as a precaution after a middle school student found a bat at home and brought it to science class in a bag.

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a Bigfork man must pay $618,000 in restitution to a woman whose leg was amputated after a vehicle crash.

Morning Newscast 06-12-15

Jun 12, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: An attempt to strip a bonding provision from a new forest management bill failed yesterday on Capitol Hill.

Lobbyists spent at least $5.8 million to influence Montana lawmakers and the issues they discussed this year.

Police are looking for a gray car that hit an 8-year-old boy while he was riding his bike yesterday morning.

The Montana Supreme Court says a former Disaster and Emergency Services spokeswoman waited too long to sue over claims that her job was eliminated because she spoke against sexual favoritism at work.

Evening Newscast 06-11-15

Jun 11, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Union workers at Stillwater Mining Co. have rejected a proposed four-year contract that they said could result in a reduction in take-home pay.

An attempt to strip a bonding provision from a new forest management bill failed today on Capitol Hill.

Lobbyists spent at least $5.8 million to influence Montana lawmakers and the issues they discussed this year.

Glacier National park marked another attendance milestone Thursday morning as the 100 millionth visitor in park history drove through the west entrance.

Morning Newscast 06-11-15

Jun 11, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning  newscast: the daughter of the man police hold responsible for Sunday's murder-suicide in a Montana log cabin says her father was in denial about having mental health problems.

Starla Shannon says she's convinced her father, Augustine "Mike" Bournes, had an undiagnosed mental illness that turned dangerous.

A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze in the atmosphere from the burning of coal in Montana for electricity consumed across the Pacific Northwest.

A Montana man on probation for running a scam involving fake children's programs is being investigated for allegations of raising money for a fake documentary.

Evening Newscast 06-10-15

Jun 10, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this evening's newscast: A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze in the atmosphere from the burning of coal in Montana.

The daughter of the man police hold responsible for Sunday's murder-suicide in a Montana log cabin says her father was in denial about having mental health problems.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a motorist can be convicted of driving under the influence after inhaling aerosol propellants.

Despite one of the worst drought years on record, hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest should not see their operations disrupted too much this summer.

Morning Newscast 06-10-15

Jun 10, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this morning's newscast: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on a black bear poached just south of St. Regis. Anyone with information about this poaching is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments today over whether a Louisiana company should be allowed to drill for natural gas on land near Glacier National Park that is considered sacred to the Blackfeet Indians.

A man who prostituted his 17-year-old girlfriend faces 10 years in jail if he violates his probation.

Evening Newscast 06-09-15

Jun 9, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Detectives are trying to piece together the story behind a family fight that led a Deer Lodge area man to kill his wife and three children Sunday morning, before turning the gun on himself.

Record heat in the Spokane area damaged a portion of US Highway 195.

A 30 ­year­-old Utah man has drowned while trying to "river surf" just west of Glacier National Park.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on a black bear poached just south of St. Regis.

The Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior and the U.­S. Forest Service chief expect above average wildfire activity this year, especially across the Western U.­S.

Morning Newscast 06-09-15

Jun 9, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Officials in southwestern Montana are investigating after a man shot and killed his wife and three children, set a fire in the family's one­-room cabin and then killed himself. Detective Steve Barclay said an investigation determined the man shot his wife and 1­-year­-old child inside, then went outside and shot two more children -­ ages 4 and 6.

The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million to nearly 12,000 landowners on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations to buy fractionated parcels of land and turn them over to tribal governments.

Evening Newscast 06-08-15

Jun 8, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The investigation continues into a multiple murder suicide outside Deer Lodge Sunday.

The Montana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has hired a new executive director.

A federal judge in Montana will decide how long former billionaire Tim Blixseth will remain in jail now that an appeals court rejected the fallen real estate mogul's plea to be released.

The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million to nearly 12,000 landowners on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations to buy fractionated parcels of land and turn them over to tribal governments.

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