Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

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.

Morning Newscast 05-04-15

May 4, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the chief executive of Montana's largest mining company says he's determined to be the industry's "last man standing" after recent price drops have hit commodities ranging from gold and copper to oil and coal.

The state of Montana has agreed to buy about 100 acres from a Lincoln couple who sued, saying construction of a mine waste repository in the upper Blackfoot River drainage entitled them to compensation.

Evening Newscast 05-01-15

May 1, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The Obama administration says it has concerns about provisions in Montana's new law to expand Medicaid, but it is willing to work with the state to overcome them.

Work will soon be underway at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company facility. Glencore, the firm which owns the site, hired an Oregon-based salvage company to demolish the shuttered plant site along the Flathead River.

A former basketball coach at Lone Peak High in Bozeman has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge in exchange for a recommended 15-year prison sentence.

A health care consulting firm says about six percent of Montana's rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure.

Morning Newscast 05-01-15

May 1, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana Republican Party claims a non-profit group from Billings broke election laws during the 2014 campaign season.

U.S. senators from six states want the government to charge companies a fee to ship oil and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars involved in numerous fiery explosions.

The governor has announced that actor Jeff Bridges and a national nonprofit have contributed an additional $40,000 to the Montana No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Evening Newscast 04-30-15

Apr 30, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has posted on its website the names of former priests and other employees who were accused of sexually abusing children.

The former Butte Central music teacher and band director has denied charges that he provided alcohol to students during a state basketball tournament in Hamilton and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

Morning Newscast 04-30-15

Apr 30, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana lawmakers went home this week having secured a budget proposal and passing a typical amount of legislation.

Republican lawmakers joined Democratic Governor Steve Bullock as he signed Medicaid expansion into law in Montana yesterday.

U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are asking Congress to approve a water rights settlement with the Blackfeet tribe that's been in the works for more than three decades.

The governor has signed a bill to expand Medicaid eligibility to thousands of low-income Montanans.

Evening Newcast 04-29-15

Apr 29, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, backers of Medicaid expansion celebrated in Helena today as Governor Bullock signed the bill extending the health coverage to an estimated 45,000 more Montanans.

After several years and a long bumpy road to passage, Governor Steve Bullock today signed a bill into law to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income Montanans.

Republican lawmakers joined Democratic Governor Steve Bullock as he signed Medicaid expansion into law in Montana today/yesterday. Eric Whitney reports from Helena.

Morning Newscast 04-29-15

Apr 29, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, one issue remaining from the Montana Legislature is a bill to phase out the Montana Developmental Center.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says although he's disappointed in the small group of state lawmakers that he said didn't want to get anything done on infrastructure, people shouldn't lose sight of "all the good" that came out of the legislative session.

Police say illegal drugs were being manufactured in a house that exploded in Billings last week, critically injuring three men.

Evening Newscast 04-28-15

Apr 28, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state legislature adjourned this morning, and while legislative leaders and the governor say they’re disappointed that the statewide infrastructure bill failed, they say there are major accomplishments from the 2015 session.

Officials in Chouteau County have identified the man who was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 87 near Loma.

A man has been arrested after apparently "liking" a Crimestoppers Facebook posting that listed him as one of Cascade County's "most wanted" in April.

Morning Newscast 04-28-15

Apr 28, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana lawmakers have adjourned the 64th Legislative session three days early and without passing an infrastructure bill that has been a sticking point for days.

Max Baucus, the U.S. Ambassador to China, is scheduled to speak at the University of Montana's graduation ceremony on May 16.

Park County sheriff's officials say two women had to be rescued after they got stuck in a snowdrift on the Beartooth Highway, which is still closed this time of year.

Morning Newscast 04-27-15

Apr 27, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, two University of Montana pharmacy students are OK after the massive earthquake that struck Nepal and left more than 3,700 people dead.

A growing movement to transfer federal land to state control in western states is being debated in Montana and other states.

The search for an 8 year old girl who fell into the river while playing at Headwaters State Park continued yesterday after rescuers failed to find any sign of her on Saturday.

The low winter snow pack may have some positive consequences for some outdoor enthusiasts.

Morning Newscast 04-24-15

Apr 24, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a Montana judge who was censured by the state's high court for his comments about a 14 year old rape victim has been chosen for a lifetime achievement award by his local bar association.

Two earthquakes, a magnitude 4.1 and a 4.2 jolted north Idaho last night, with residents from northeastern Washington to northwestern Montana saying they felt the tremors.

Gov. Steve Bullock today plans to approve a tribal water use agreement that has been decades in the making despite a lawsuit challenging the pact.

Evening Newscast 04-23-15

Apr 23, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, the state Legislature has passed a proposal to phase out the Montana Developmental Center, by a final vote of 44-6 in the Senate today.

In other news from the capitol, lawmakers on Thursday brought the state employee pay plan back into the state budget.

A man charged with striking and killing a Cascade County deputy during a police chase is seeking new defense attorneys.

Morning Newscast 04-23-15

Apr 23, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the legislative committee charged with finding a compromise on a two year state budget bill is meeting at this hour after days of closed-door negotiations.

The governor has signed a measure he says will make Montana elections the most transparent in the nation.

Blackfeet tribal leaders have joined with environmental groups, other American Indian tribes and the band Pearl Jam to campaign for the cancellation of oil and gas leases near Glacier National Park.

Evening Newscast 04-22-15

Apr 22, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst lashed out at Author Jon Krakauer today, saying his book about sexual assaults in Missoula released yesterday contains, quote, “many factual errors.

The Montana Attorney General's office is asking a state judge to dismiss a lawsuit intended to stall the Flathead tribal water compact.

Morning Newscast 04-22-15

Apr 22, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Montana has finally joined every other state in the nation with the signing of an anti-bullying law.

A handful of Montana representatives have reversed their votes and overturned a proposal to allow residents of small school districts to establish their own high schools.

Senator Jon Tester wants to reduce the number of student tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Bullock Signs Bully Free Montana Bill Into Law

Apr 21, 2015
Jackie Yamanaka

Local school districts in Montana are charged with coming up with a process so their students can report bullying at school and have those complaints formally addressed.

Evening Newscast 04-21-15

Apr 21, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed the Bully Free Montana Act into law on today at Jefferson Elementary in Helena.

Senator Jon Tester wants to reduce the number of student tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Montana's unemployment rate dropped point-two percentage points in March to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since October 2007.

The Montana House voted to suspend its rules and accept a bill to hire an outside investigator to examine allegations of abuse at the Montana State Hospital.

Morning Newscast 04-21-15

Apr 21, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a Montana Senate Committee has voted against confirming Jonathan Motl as Commissioner of Political Practices.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s office has fired its former public information officer for lying.

A Thompson Falls man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of neglecting an elderly man with dementia and illegally gaining ownership of his money and property.

Author Jon Krakauer’s new book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is released today.

Evening Newscast 04-20-15

Apr 20, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Tuesday sees the release of Author Jon Krakauer’s new book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s office has fired its former public information officer for lying.

A federal judge in Helena ordered developer Tim Blixeth back to jail today, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from a Mexico resort sale.

Morning Newscast 04-20-15

Apr 20, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Jon Krakauer's book about campus rape will be in bookstores tomorrow, and national media outlets already are running stories about it.

A new law enacted this year by the Montana Legislature clarifies when hunters must tag animals they successfully take in the state.

A family farm advocacy group ranks Montana as the seventh-best state in being committed to locally produced foods.

A 30 year old Columbia Falls man has died in an ATV crash near Eureka.

Evening Newscast 04-17-15

Apr 17, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's Evening Newscast: A fire at an automobile salvage yard near Somers sent thick plumes of black smoke throughout the Flathead Valley this afternoon.

Missoula residents are also seeing smoke this afternoon from a controlled burn at Blue Mountain, west of the city. The Lolo National Forest reported, quote, “beautiful” results from the prescribed fire on their Facebook page a few hours ago.

Montana’s compromise Medicaid expansion bill came a step closer to becoming law today.

Today at the state Legislature, the Senate Finance and Claims Committee passed a bill to increase prices on hunting tags.

Morning Newscast 04-17-15

Apr 17, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the largest and last of seven Montana tribal compacts has passed out of the state Legislature and will soon move to the U.S. Congress for authorization.

Technological glitches aren't stopping most of Montana's school districts from administering tests linked to Common Core.

Republican representatives have advanced a proposal to provide tax credits for anyone who donates to certain educational programs, both public and private.

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