Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

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.

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