Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

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.

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