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Evening Newscast 01-13-16

Jan 13, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today at Missoula’s Sentinel High School that 86 percent of students graduated in 2015. That’s a jump of nearly six percent since 2009.

A man who was shot by two Kalispell police officers yesterday was hospitalized in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

The Washington state legislature is preparing to take up a bill that could close a portion of Montana’s Colstrip power plant. Today Montana lawmakers voted to send two representatives to Olympia try to save Colstrip.

MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham


A state judge re-opened a case yesterday contesting whether state regulators have jurisdiction in the sale of the water system that serves the city of Missoula.

 

The state Board of Livestock has appointed a new executive officer of the Department of Livestock. Mike Honeycutt was appointed yesterday  to administer, protect, promote and regulate the state's livestock industry.

A jury has convicted a Billings man of shooting his neighbor to death in 2013.

Freezing Rain has been reported throughout Western Montana this morning. Alberton schools are running two hours late due to the conditions. Road condition updates can be found at mtpr.org.

Evening Newscast 01-12-16

Jan 12, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A state judge today re-opened a case contesting whether state regulators have jurisdiction in the sale of the water system that serves the city of Missoula.

Yellowstone National Park had a record breaking number of visitors last year.  The park counted over four million visitors in 2015, placing new strains on the park’s capacity.

The remains of an Anaconda man have been positively identified nearly 75 years after he was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A Kalispell police officer shot a man during a confrontation this afternoon.

Morning Newscast 01-12-16

Jan 12, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

The owner of the water system that serves the city of Missoula has sold it to another company without the approval of the state Public Service Commission. This despite a court ruling that gives the city the right to buy the utility for a little under $90 million.

A central Montana coal mine that cut about 20 percent of its workforce last month has reached an agreement with environmentalists and state regulators that's intended to avoid a major shutdown.

A woman charged for her alleged role in the December killing of one woman in Missoula and an assault on another made an initial court appearance Monday.

Evening Newscast 01-11-16

Jan 11, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The owner of the water system that serves the city of Missoula has sold it to another company without the approval of the Public Service Commission. This despite a court ruling that gives the city the right to buy the utility for a little under $90 million.

A central Montana coal mine that cut about 20 percent of its workforce last month has reached an agreement with environmentalists and state regulators that's intended to avoid a major shutdown.

Today the state agency that oversees child abuse and neglect services challenged parts of an audit of their work released last fall.

Republican Senator Steve Daines’s guest at tomorrow night’s state of the union address will be coal industry advocate Jason Small. Small is the president of the Helena Based trade union Boilermakers Local 11. He’s from Busby and a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it will conduct a 12-month review to determine if the Northern Rockies fisher should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Morning Newscast 01-11-16

Jan 11, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Officials say the number of child abuse and neglect cases in Montana is overwhelming state agencies in charge of handling them. A legislative committee that oversees the Division of Child and Family Services is meeting in Helena on Monday.

Republicans are widely condemning an attempt by armed ranchers in Oregon to force the federal government to return western lands to local communities. But the GOP has grown more supportive of the ranchers' goal, if not their tactics.

An inmate is facing an assault with a weapon charge after being accused of beating a fellow prisoner at the Ravalli County Detention Center.

Evening Newscast 01-08-16

Jan 8, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

New rules that govern a campaign finance law passed last year took effect today.

Today, a federal district court allowed an extension in a case over energy development  in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Officials say the number of child abuse and neglect cases in Montana is overwhelming state agencies in charge of handling them. A legislative committee that oversees the Division of Child and Family Services is meeting in Helena on Monday.

Preliminary government figures show U.S. coal production has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years.

There’s a lot riding on how much precipitation Montana gets this winter and spring. So far, it’s a mixed bag.

MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham


The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Montana has announced the end of a yearslong investigation that resulted in 21 convictions of men involved in an online forum created by a Montana man that allowed members to exchange child pornography.

 

A Helena judge has permanently barred a man who said he was producing a documentary narrated by Clint Eastwood from soliciting investments in Montana.

 

Attorney General Tim Fox says that enhanced security measures included in Montana's new driver's licenses are not meant to comply with federal standards he says could create an "Orwellian national ID system."

Evening Newscast 01-07-16

Jan 7, 2016
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Attorney General Tim Fox says that enhanced security measures included in Montana's new driver's licenses are not meant to comply with federal standards that he says could create, quote, an "Orwellian national ID system."

A man who allegedly scammed investors out of money to produce a documentary to be narrated by Clint Eastwood has been permanently barred from soliciting investments in Montana.

The Two Rivers jail in Hardin that had as many as 250 inmates at its peak of operations is now in standby mode after its cells were emptied this week.

A 24-year-old woman found guilty but suffering from mental illness in the death of her 3-month-old daughter in Billings has been sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Hospital.

Morning Newscast 01-07-16

Jan 7, 2016
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

Two Montana judges say there was corruption in the 2010 primary elections, and the state plans to use those rulings to defend its limits on campaign contributions.

For the first time, Montanans can now see state campaign contribution reports online as soon as they’re filed. The first reports were filed on Tuesday.

The Two Rivers jail in Hardin that had as many as 250 inmates at its peak of operations in the fall of 2014 is now in standby mode after its cells were emptied this week.

Billings Clinic is expanding its presence in Bozeman with the purchase of 54 acres next to Interstate 90. The health care organization says its leaders have been gauging expansion opportunities in the Bozeman area for a number of years.

Environmental groups challenging the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine say state regulators have failed to address its effects on streams and aquifers. The state Department of Environmental Quality approved the 12-million-ton expansion of the Rosebud Mine south of Colstrip in December.

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