Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Evening Newscast 06-03-15

Jun 3, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A new strike force will target organized crime that law enforcement  says continues to plague the Baaken oil patch. According to Montana U.S Attorney, Mike Cotter, those offenses range from drug and weapon trafficking to environmental and white-collar crimes.

Three men in Montana's Republican Party are vying for the role of party chair. Party executive director Chris Shipp said today that Representative Jeff Essmann of Billings and former Madison County Commissioner Dan Happel will challenge Will Deschamps of Missoula for the position. Deschamps has been chairman since 2009.

Insurance companies offering plans in Montana under President Barack Obama's health law are requesting double-digit rate increases next year.

The first part of June has brought badly-needed rain to Montana, but it's barely making up for a particularly dry month of May.  

Morning Newscast 06-03-15

Jun 3, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Gianforte's interview with The Associated Press yesterday is the Bozeman resident's first confirmation of the widespread speculation that he is mounting a challenge to incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

The remains of six veterans whose unclaimed remains were found at a Great Falls funeral home will be interred later this week. They'll be laid to rest Friday at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena.

Morning Newscast 06-02-15

Jun 2, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana lawmakers are planning to consider whether state officials can issue permits required under the EPA's new clean-water rule.

The city of Missoula has been awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for redevelopment.

A Yellowstone County coroner's official has identified the 5-year-old who drowned in a culvert last week as a Billings boy. Lt. Bill Jones confirmed yesterday that Tristan Hunt died of fresh-water drowning.

Evening Newscast 06-01-15

Jun 1, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The National Weather Service says thunderstorms packing powerful winds, potentially-large hail and brief torrential rain are likely across our listening-area this evening. Meteorologist Luke Robinson says a particularly strong system could affect an area from Missoula to the Bitterroot Valley.

Flathead Lake is a good two feet below full pool following this particularly dry spring in northwest Montana. Northwestern Energy, which manages Kerr Dam, has notified tribal and federal agencies that water levels are low which could affect outflows this summer.

The longtime operator of one of the largest coal-fueled power plants in the West has completed a spin-off of assets that includes the 2,000-megawatt Colstrip Generating Station in southeastern Montana.

Evening Newscast 05-29-15

May 29, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:  A Helena law-enforcement official says human remains found in a wilderness area northeast of the city are believed to be a Colorado man reported missing in 2013.

Montana's commissioner of political practices has enlisted two Billings attorneys to head a campaign violations case against a Bozeman Republican.

Yellowstone National Park's new snowmobile lottery system was a hit this winter with at least one national motorized access group.

The Idaho Conservation league, the Nez Perce Tribe and a local resident are seeking a public comment period for an air quality permit for Clearwater Paper in Lewiston. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley's largest employer is requesting the permit so it can move forward with a $160 million project which includes a new chip pulp digester.

The Missoulian newspaper is reporting that Former University of Montana football player Beau Donaldson was denied parole today. But he will be allowed to attend a correctional boot camp. Donaldson was convicted of raping a childhood friend in 2010.

Evening Newscast 05-28-15

May 28, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against a Havre businessman for his alleged role in defrauding the Chippewa Cree Tribe.

Shad James Huston pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit theft, theft from an Indian tribal organization, and wire fraud.

Montana's largest mining company announced a tentative labor agreement with about 900 workers on today, setting up a vote next week by union members bitter over recent pay raises for some executives.

For the second day in a row Montana’s Republican representatives in Washington are blasting an Obama administration environmental initiative. Yesterday it was new clean water rules proposed by the EPA. Today, it’s new plans to protect sage grouse in 10 western states revealed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The parent company of the Missoulian newspaper has sued a former publisher and four former advertising employees, alleging they stole confidential client information from the newspaper to form a competing marketing agency.

Evening Newscast 05-27-15

May 27, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The National Weather Service has a flood advisory in place for an area stretching from Butte west through Missoula and Lolo and into Granite county. It says slow-moving to stationary thunderstorms are expected to continue developing this evening, and they’re capable of producing very heavy rain. Flash flooding could occur in areas with wildfire burn scars and in the city of Butte.

Montana’s Republican representatives in Congress want new clean water rules issued today by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency repealed. Both Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke say the new rules, adding protections to small stream, tributaries and wetlands is overreach by the Obama administration.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in April, the lowest rate since September 2007.

Five Democratic senators including Montana’s Jon Tester are asking colleagues to fund preservation efforts for the imperiled greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse. The senators yesterday urged the Appropriations Committee to fund programs that include cooperative efforts with landowners.

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating who shot and killed a female grizzly bear found May 20 in northern Montana near Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 05-26-15

May 26, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A federal appeals court has sent a campaign finance case back to a Montana judge.

 The ruling by a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could make it more difficult for states to defend their restrictions on how much money individual donors give candidates in state elections.

A Billings woman accused of making several false rape reports failed to appear in court on felony charges filed in Flathead and Yellowstone counties.

The company that owns the Copper King Hotel in Butte has filed for bankruptcy protection, postponing a public auction that was set for next week.

A federal judge heard arguments this afternoon over whether a court order is needed to preserve hundreds of racist and inappropriate emails sent by Montana's former chief U.S. District Court judge.

Evening Newscast 05-21-15

May 21, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana Senator Jon Tester hopes Wednesday’s 10-hour filibuster over the Patriot Act will convince his colleagues that the controversial law needs a full Senate debate.  

A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snow Montana saw this year, draining the state of water needed to prevent and fight worsening drought conditions.

The Montana Board of Regents today took up a proposal to change the name of the University of Montana School of Law. University of Montana President Royce Engstrom brought the proposal before the Board of Regents, to decide whether to name the law school after its biggest donor - Alexander Blewett III.

Evening Newscast 05-20-15

May 20, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Great Falls trial lawyer is giving the University of Montana law school $10 million, and the school is one step away from being re-named in his honor.

A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land.

Evening Newscast 05-19-15

May 19, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Wisconsin man was fined more than two thousand dollars Monday for accidently killing a grizzly in Northwest Montana.

Fish biologists are blaming a fungus called sapprolegnia for low brown trout numbers in the Clark Fork River downstream of Warm Springs Ponds.

Evening Newscast 05-18-15

May 18, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, local police, County Sheriffs, and the Montana Highway Patrol are putting extra patrols on the road from now through Memorial Day.

Montana's elected officials from the governor to district judges will receive pay raises starting July 1.

Evening Newscast 05-15-15

May 15, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a federal appeals court has dismissed part of a lawsuit that seeks to allow only Republican voters to participate in Montana's GOP primaries.

Two Vermont women are seeking to start a class-action lawsuit for people who borrowed money from an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe.

A restoration plan for the Upper Clark Fork Basin's largest wetland is now up for public review.

Montana wildlife officials are considering stricter regulations in an effort to reduce the chances of Canada lynx being caught in traps set for other animals outside Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says a January oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana did not affect paddlefish.

Beset by power plant closures and changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle, a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

Montana wildlife officials are considering cutting bobcat quotas across a broad swath of central and northern Montana.

Evening Newscast 05-14-15

May 14, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock says while he did veto three Republican tax relief bills, the measure to provide a tax break to industry for installing pollution control equipment is different.

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.

A former Missoula County sheriff's deputy is suing the county, the sheriff and other county officials saying she was fired for political reasons.

Morning Newscast 05-14-15

May 14, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state Supreme Court has revived the case of a woman who says it's unfair for hospitals to charge different rates to treat insured and uninsured patients.

Montana will spend about half-a-million dollars annually to assemble a team to oversee management of sage grouse.

A new law will allow rideshare firms like Uber to operate in Montana, but some taxi drivers say it does not include enough regulation.

Montana wildlife officials think they have hit on the right formula in regulating wolf hunting and trapping season.

Evening Newscast 05-13-15

May 13, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state Supreme Court has revived the case of a woman who says it's unfair for hospitals to charge different rates to treat insured and uninsured patients.

The Governor’s Conference on Aging wraps up Thursday, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease, and the effect it’s having on society.

Montana will spend about half-a-million dollars annually to assemble a team to oversee management of sage grouse.

A new law will allow rideshare firms like Uber to operate in Montana, but some taxi drivers say it does not include enough regulation.

The Chouteau County sheriff's office is investigating after a Michigan couple reported being assaulted and left unconscious in the Bears Paw Mountains in north-central Montana.

Morning Newscast 05-13-15

May 13, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Dartmouth College and Stanford University violated Montana campaign laws last fall.

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic Diocese and a Catholic school say a Montana teacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock was a ministerial employee who can't sue for discrimination.

The U.S. oil industry is challenging new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail.

Evening Newscast 05-12-15

May 12, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Dartmouth College may be looking at a substantial fine for violating Montana’s campaign finance laws.

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic Diocese and school say a Montana teacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock was a ministerial employee who can't sue for discrimination.

Morning Newscast 05-12-15

May 12, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, U.S. Department of Justice officials says the Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found gender bias in how the city responds to reports of sexual assault.

Montana lawmakers have instituted a new state law that reflects a national GOP initiative to boost private education options.

The University of Montana will see a budget shortfall of $5.7 million for the upcoming year, according to figures provided at the most recent campus budget committee meeting.

Evening Newscast 05-11-15

May 11, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: U.S. Department of Justice officials today said the Missoula Police Department has made all of the changes required after federal investigators found gender bias in how the city responds to reports of sexual assault.

The University of Montana will see a budget shortfall of $5.7 million for the upcoming year, according to figures provided at the most recent campus budget committee meeting.

Beginning June first, it will cost more to visit Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service announced Monday that the entrance fee will increase to $30 per vehicle. The current fee is $25. The pass is good for seven days.

A new judge is presiding over court cases in Missoula and Mineral counties after Judge Ed McLean retired April 30.

The number of elk in the Bitterroot Valley continues to grow. A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist counted more than 8,000 elk in the valley and surrounding mountains during a five-week period this year. Last year, she counted about 7,400 during the same time.

Morning Newscast 05-11-15

May 11, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Public Radio, a shooting in Hamilton has left one man wounded and another man in custody.

The number of elk in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana continues to grow.

A Helena teenager has pleaded guilty to stealing a donation box and silver bowl from the Cathedral of St. Helena in January.

The National Park Service is preparing a draft environmental study of how to handle increasing traffic along Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road.

Evening Newscast 05-08-15

May 8, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, an estranged husband who shot and killed his television news director wife and a family friend before turning the gun on himself, died early today.

The University of Idaho says it won't graze sheep this summer on three high-elevation areas in eastern Idaho and western Montana until a lawsuit filed by environmental groups concerning a federal sheep research facility is resolved.

People in Montana who are out of work because of domestic violence will soon be able to get the same unemployment benefits as others who lose their jobs.

Morning Newscast 05-08-15

May 8, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, three Republican tax relief bills have died at the pen of Montana's democratic governor.

Montana water users are being told to brace for early and below-average snowmelt runoff this spring.

State officials are looking to alternative firefighting resources due to the above-average wildfire season predicted for Montana and throughout much of the West.

Evening Newscast 05-07-15

May 7, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, state officials are looking to alternative firefighting resources due to the above-average wildfire season predicted for Montana and throughout much of the West.

Author Jon Krakauer told a Missoula audience last night that he was “surprised” that townspeople didn’t like the name of his new book: Missoula, Rape and Justice in a College Town.

The mother of three killed an apparent double homicide in Missoula last night is being remembered as kind, compassionate and inspirational.

Morning Newscast 05-07-15

May 7, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, two people are dead and a third is injured after a shooting in a house at Missoula house yesterday evening.

Author Jon Krakauer was in Missoula last night, at a packed house forum to talk about his new book: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

The governor has signed a bill to close the Montana Developmental Center and move most of the 53 people with severe intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, and personality disorders to community-based settings.

MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montanans' property can still be seized if police suspect it's connected to criminal activity, but now it has to be returned if they can't get a conviction.  That hasn't always been the case. Montana's civil asset forfeiture law was reformed this week with a stroke of Governor Steve Bullock's pen.

A Montana judge has agreed to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed by his former court reporter and plans to resign on Jan. 1.

With no fanfare, Governor Steve Bullock late this afternoon signed Senate Bill 411, which calls for the closure of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.   Some families of M-D-C clients has opposed the closure, as had Boulder community leaders and the union representing the center’s 250 staff.

Tribal leaders from across Montana gathered at the state capitol today as Governor Steve Bullock signed two bills designed to preserve native languages.

Libby mayor Doug Roll says there are no big surprises in the Environmental Protection Agency's preferred asbestos cleanup proposal. EPA released the draft plan Tuesday. It calls for leaving some of the deadly material in places like walls or underground where it presents minimal risk of human exposure.

Morning Newscast 05-06-15

May 6, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana's governor has vetoed a bill he says would have created a task force to study the transfer or sell-off of public lands.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it can't remove all asbestos that presents a potential health risk to people in Libby.

Police in Havre say three Montana State University-Northern students were badly injured in a weekend stabbing at an off-campus apartment.

Evening Newscast 05-05-15

May 5, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the Environmental Protection Agency says it can't remove all asbestos that presents a potential health risk to people in Libby.

Speed limits on rural interstate highways in Montana will increase to 80 mph this fall, but the cost of a speeding ticket will go up, too.

Montana's top education official said on Tuesday the state is unlikely to reach the required participation rate in student achievement tests this year.

Montana's governor vetoed a bill Monday he said would have created a task force to study the transfer or sell-off of public lands.

Morning Newscast 05-05-15

May 5, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a cleanup proposal for Libby calls for leaving some of the dangerous material in place rather than removing it.

The remains of six Montana veterans will go to their final resting place next month, in the state veterans cemetery at Fort Harrison.

Firefighters from multiple agencies have contained wildfires on 50-70 acres of land about 15 miles northwest of Helena.

Evening Newscast 05-04-15

May 4, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the federal government's point man on grizzly bears says the Yellowstone ecosystem's grizzly population should be removed from the endangered species list.

The unclaimed remains of six Montana veterans will be interred next month at the state veterans’ cemetery, after being found in storage at a crematory in Great Falls.

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