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Evening Newscast 04-28-17

Apr 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Legislature has ended the 2017 legislative session. The Senate adjourned this morning after waiting for the House to take action on an $80 million infrastructure package and a related rural water system bill.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate has adjourned for the day after its attempt to bring the House back to the floor to pass an infrastructure package failed.

The state Senate has rejected Governor Steve Bullock's attempt to allow Montana's designated resort communities to raise the 3 percent sales tax they now collect.

Self-described 'mountain man' Don Nichols has been granted parole after serving nearly 32 years for kidnapping a world class athlete and killing her would-be rescuer in July 1984.

Evening Newscast 04-26-17

Apr 26, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A charter schools bill has won passage in the Montana Senate. The schools bill is tied to broader negotiations over an infrastructure bonding package.

Members of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe have voted overwhelmingly to approve a water compact that quantifies the tribe's water rights and confirms its jurisdiction over those rights on the reservation near Glacier National Park.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands. Trump called the protection efforts "a massive federal land grab" by previous administrations.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has endorsed a new measure that would charge some hospitals in the state more than $13 million to pay for a three-year expansion of a voluntary pre-school rating program.

The state House and Senate today passed a measure to give residents the option to buy a driver's license or identification card that complies with the federal Real ID Act.

Lawmakers wrapped up day 85 of their scheduled 90-day regular session with no agreement on a bonding package. Key lawmakers sat down this morning with the governor to talk about what could break the impasse.

Evening Newscast 04-24-17

Apr 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate has rejected an attempt by Gov. Steve Bullock to revive a bill that would have allowed counties to conduct the May 25 special congressional election by mail.

The Montana House has rejected another attempt to bring back an infrastructure bill that it previously voted down twice.

A bill to reform state campaign finance laws hit a snag today when Senators rejected work by their peers in the House.

Evening Newscast 04-21-17

Apr 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Donald Trump Jr. is in Montana to campaign and raise money for Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte. The president’s son is joining the Bozeman software entrepreneur turned political hopeful today and tomorrow to rally supporters on a 4 town tour of the state, in support for Gianforte’s bid for the U.S. House.

Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte welcomed the son of President Trump to a stage at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds today where a cheering crowd of more than 300 supporters gathered.

Evening Newscast 04-20-17

Apr 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The main state budget bill is now one vote away from being sent to the Governor’s desk.

Three minor party and independent candidates who want to run in Montana's special congressional election are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

A state higher education official says the University of Montana will offer buyouts or early retirement options to 80 to 100 employees in an effort to reduce school spending.

Evening Newscast 04-19-17

Apr 19, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has revived a bill to raise campaign contribution limits for state candidates a day after rejecting it on a tie vote.

A legislative committee has endorsed a Miami probation officer to lead Montana's Department of Corrections.

Yellowstone National Park on Friday will begin opening select roads for summer car traffic. Montana's utility regulators won a drawn out legislative struggle with the state’s largest utility today.

A federal judge has dismissed claims that Montana's commissioner of political practices retaliated against a state lawmaker who publicly disclosed a confidential ethics complaint against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

Evening Newscast 04-18-17

Apr 18, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Members of the Blackfeet Tribe are scheduled to vote Thursday on a water compact that’s been decades in the making.

Geese that died late last year after landing on the Berkeley Pit in Butte had severe internal tissue damage that appeared to have been caused by a corrosive substance.

An appeals court has denied a request by three minor party and independent candidates to place their names on the ballot for Montana's May 25 special congressional election.

A Whitefish woman is suing the publisher of a neo-Nazi website for orchestrating an online anti-Semitic campaign against her family.

Evening Newscast 04-17-17

Apr 17, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Congress may not know what to do about former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, but Montana lawmakers are pushing through legislation they believe will bring down healthcare costs and increase price transparency regardless of what happens in Washington.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines says he thinks American beef is almost back on the menu in China. The Montana University System will soon be paying current and former employees who are owed medical insurance claims.