Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 03-02-15

Mar 2, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, residents of an assisted living facility in Kalispell have been given 30 days to find a new place to live because the center is closing.

Two men have been rescued from the backcountry in Gallatin County.

Biologists are trying to determine the cause of six moose deaths in the Upper Big Hole Valley in southwest Montana since 2013.

A state senator's aide has been asked to quit after his registration as a lobbyist was revealed as a potential ethics violation.

Evening Newscast 02-27-15

Feb 27, 2015
Josh Burnham

Attorney General Tim Fox says he needs more time to analyze how $65 million from the sale of Missoula’s Community Medical Center should be used.

State health officials are rescinding a finding that no sexual abuse occurred in a January incident between two clients at the Montana Developmental Center.

The former president of Stone Child College and her husband have denied federal income tax fraud charges.

Tribal representatives from around the country are converging in Washington state to discuss the risks and rewards of marijuana legalization.

Evening Newscast 02-26-15

Feb 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a 34-year-old man has been sentenced for trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl as she played with her brother in a Missoula park.

Democratic governor Steve Bullock is likely to veto an advancing Republican plan to cut income taxes.

Montana Veterans Affairs named John Ginnity as the permanent director today, after serving 8 months as the acting director.

The Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling today that allowed Great Falls casino owners to sidestep an anti-smoking law.

Morning Newscast 02-26-15

Feb 26, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Public Radio, Montana senators have given initial approval to a proposed water-use agreement on the Flathead Reservation.

The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to provide state funding for a limited number of students who turn 19 years old while in high school.

The multi-national company that owns the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant opposes the plant's listing on the Superfund program's National Priorities List.

Evening Newscast 02-25-15

Feb 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Montana is doing a better job than most states at getting people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Matt Rosendale of Glendive says the public should have more information about the pipelines that cross Montana’s navigable rivers.

The Flathead basin water compact has just crossed a major threshold in the state legislature, passing the Senate Wednesday evening. 

Morning Newscast 02-25-15

Feb 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Flathead Water Compact working its way through the legislature was briefly killed yesterday, but quickly brought back to life.

Montana senators have passed a bill that would allow elementary school districts with at least 1,000 students to create a high school district.

The acting director of the VA Montana Health Care System has been removed from the job at Fort Harrison.

A bill aiming to protect property rights in Montana from an obscure global development concept known as Agenda 21 has failed in the House.

Evening Newscast 02-24-15

Feb 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation issued statements criticizing President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

With little debate and on a party-line vote a bill to cut state income taxes took another step toward landing on the Governor’s desk.

A new survey says Montana’s uninsured rate dropped by nearly 5 percent between 2013 and last year.

Montana senators have passed a bill that would allow elementary school districts with at least 1,000 students to create a high school district.

Morning Newscast 02-24-15

Feb 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House Monday came within one vote of approving a bill to abolish the death penalty.

A Bozeman lawmaker wants to make big changes to the way the Montana Legislature does its work.

A Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing a Montana teacher in an oil boom town will be sentenced this spring.

A former Youth Services counselor has pleaded guilty to two felony rape charges for having sex with a 17 year old girl under his supervision.

Evening Newscast 02-23-15

Feb 23, 2015
Josh Burnham

A Bozeman lawmaker wants to make big changes to the way the Montana Legislature does its work.

A jury has acquitted the former president of Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and her husband of taking kickbacks from a construction company.

The Montana House Monday came within one vote of approving a bill to abolish the death penalty.

A Republican lawmaker has revived a proposal to provide tax credits for private education that narrowly failed the 2013 Montana Legislature.

Morning Newscast 02-23-15

Feb 23, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades.

A new study reports that Montana's high-tech industries are booming, and the growth isn't showing signs of stopping.

Forested counties across Montana are looking at big decreases in their budget after Congress failed to reauthorize the $330 million Secure Rural Schools Act last year.

Evening Newscast 02-20-15

Feb 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

A former Michigan resident has made an initial court appearance in Montana on charges that he made a series of online threats to schools and religious leaders.

Montana’s House has passed a measure that would require certain welfare applicants to take drug tests.
A bill aiming to lower Montana's high suicide rate by requiring training for health care providers has narrowly passed through a House committee.

A former state employee has been given a six-year deferred sentence and was ordered to pay $36,500 in restitution for embezzling from the Department of Livestock.

Morning Newscast 02-20-15

Feb 20, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Salish-Kootenai water compact faces its first big vote today while Senator Jon Tester’s office has apologized for an error the Senator made in an interview with Montana Public Radio.

A Livingston lawmaker has introduced several bills seeking to revoke the federal Common Core educational standards and set new standards for Montana schools.

Musselshell County authorities say one of two people who were injured in a weekend shooting near Roundup is wanted for violating his probation on drug charges.

Evening Newscast 02-19-15

Feb 19, 2015
Josh Burnham

Senator Jon Tester’s office has apologized for an error the Senator made in an interview with Montana Public Radio.

Montana state senators are considering a bill that would make it easier for school trainers and coaches to bench an athlete suspected of having a concussion.

A Livingston lawmaker has introduced several bills seeking to revoke the federal Common Core educational standards and set new standards for Montana schools.

State senators are considering updates to Montana’s bicycle laws.
 

Morning Newscast 02-19-15

Feb 19, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana lawmakers yesterday considered the first part of a Republican plan to expand healthcare without the full-scale Medicaid expansion being proposed by the Governor. Montana senators are considering a bill aimed at widening laws on campaign-finance disclosures. 17,000 more Montanans used HealthCare.gov to buy health insurance this year than last year.

Evening Newscast 02-18-15

Feb 18, 2015
Josh Burnham

The deadline to buy health insurance at HealthCare.gov was Sunday, and today the federal government said more than 54,000 Montanans signed up for health plans.

The Montana House approved a bill Wednesday to let anyone carry a concealed weapon if they’re legally eligible to own a handgun.

One day after the Montana House voted down a bill that would criminalize doctor-assisted suicide, another bill was introduced with the same goal.

Morning Newscast 02-18-15

Feb 18, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the governor's bill to expand Medicaid to 70,000 low-income Montanans finally has a date with a legislative committee. The Montana House narrowly defeated a bill that said doctors could face criminal charges for prescribing life-ending medications.

Yellowstone National Park is hosting a tour today of a wild bison holding facility that's used to temporarily keep animals destined for slaughter while republicans are pushing two bills that would significantly limit Montanans' access to food assistance and child health programs.

Morning Newscast 02-17-15

Feb 17, 2015
Josh Burnham

    

Gov. Steve Bullock and others spoke to hundreds at a rally in Helena opposing the transfer of federal lands to the state.

Members of Gov. Steve Bullock's cabinet are pushing for a bill that would increase state employee pay and insurance contributions.

Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to "blast" three tabled bills to the Senate floor, including one that would ban discrimination against gays.

Evening Newscast 02-17-15

Feb 17, 2015
Josh Burnham

Two Yellowstone County sheriff's deputies involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect near Huntley have resigned.

Authorities arrested a man in connection with a shooting on Sunday after crashing his vehicle and running into the woods.

A 28-year-old Kalispell man was arrested on suspicion of making online threats of violence to schools.
Republicans are pushing two bills that would limit Montanans' access to food assistance and child health programs.

Evening Newscast 02-13-15

Feb 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock is calling on the Obama administration to strengthen pipeline rules. This after two pipeline breaches that spilled a combined 93,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone river in 2011 and last January.

The state Commerce Department announced today that nine Montana Native American entrepreneurs will split an $84-thousand dollar state grant.

Ranchers who lose livestock to mountain lion attacks would get compensation from the state of Montana under a bill the Senate approved Friday.

Morning Newscast 02-13-15

Feb 13, 2015
Josh Burnham

Montana authorities say they are seeing more fake tax returns filed due to a rise identity theft.

The Interior Department is extending for 60 days a comment period on a proposal to increase industry royalty payments for coal, oil and natural gas extracted from public leases.

The family of a 17-year-old German exchange student who was shot to death last spring in Montana has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the home where he was shot.

Evening Newscast 02-12-15

Feb 12, 2015
Josh Burnham

Montana Lawmakers have moved to help fund an effort to prevent child abuse by taking money from the budget for the governor's office.

A 24-year-old Harlem man is charged with involuntary manslaughter for a car crash that killed a passenger last spring. Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018. 

A Missoula judge today sentenced Markus Kaarma to 70 years in prison for killing German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage last April.

Morning Newscast 02-12-15

Feb 12, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a district judge will sentence Markus Kaarma Thursday for the charge of deliberate homicide in the April killing of 17 year old Diren Dede. Meanwhile, a Missoula man who pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary that preceded the fatal shooting of Dede has been given a three-year deferred sentence.

Republican lawmakers have proposed three bills in the House Judiciary Committee to augment Montana gun laws while dairy farmers and Grocery retailers brought a dispute over milk to the Montana Legislature Tuesday.

Evening Newscast 02-11-15

Feb 11, 2015
Josh Burnham

Dairy farmers and grocery retailers brought a dispute over milk to the Montana Legislature Tuesday.

A Missoula man who pleaded guilty to his role in the burglary that preceded the Diren Dede shooting has been given a three-year deferred sentence for conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal trespass to vehicles.

Wildlife workers captured and collared 45 elk south of Helena as part of an effort to gauge the effects of mountain pine beetles on forests.

Morning Newscast 02-11-15

Feb 11, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the attorney general's request to put a hold on his appeal of a court ruling that Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

A unanimous House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at addressing the mental health crisis in Montana. A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state's indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants.

Evening Newscast

Feb 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

Relatively mild winter weather is bringing out the bears in Yellowstone National Park. Park spokesman Al Nash says the first report of grizzly bear activity was confirmed late Monday afternoon.

Montana could go from being the only state without a law against bullying to the 20th state to criminalize cyberbullying.

PPL Montana is shutting down its J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings. It’s the latest in a wave of plant closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling.

 

Morning Newscast 02-10-15

Feb 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana says the state's county jail system is unsafe and badly in need of reform while the snow pack levels have dropped across much of Montana.

Lawmakers are considering whether to ban Montana drivers from using cell phones and the Montana House yesterday overwhelmingly killed a bill after it was approved in committee. Yesterday at the Montana Capitol, legislators heard about privacy.

Evening Newscast 02-09-15

Feb 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

Author Jon Krakauer’s book about sexual assaults in Missoula and at the University of Montana will be released April 21st. The book is called 'Missoula, Rape and the Justice System in a College Town', and the website for Publisher’s Weekly says 500,000 copies will be printed in an initial press run.

In a rare move, the Montana House Monday overwhelmingly killed a bill after it was approved in committee. The measure would have allowed local sheriffs to block arrests, searches, or seizures by the FBI or other federal agencies

Morning Newscast 02-09-15

Feb 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, it's been a year since dozens of missile launch officers were implicated in a cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base while Yellowstone National Park will require an overnight backcountry permit fee.

Evening Newscast 02-06-15

Feb 6, 2015
Josh Burnham

Lawyers for Markus Kaarma say Missoula District Court will hear their motion for a re-trail half an hour before Kaarma is scheduled to be sentenced for deliberate homicide February 12th.

A Montana legislator is reviving a bill that, critics say, would allow public school teachers to include the concept of intelligent design in science classes.

A Billings law maker is looking to require that contractors hire more Montana residents for public works projects.

Morning Newscast 02-06-15

Feb 6, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana’s Gov. Steve Bullock is teaming up with an unlikely ally to push for campaign-finance reform while the Montana State Senate approved an across-the-board cut in state income taxes.

A Democratic lawmaker has called for Montana to support a convention that would amend the U.S. Constitution and the Montana Senate yesterday passed a bill on a 26-23 vote that would make it legal for students to carry guns on college campuses.

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