Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Evening Newscast 04-02-15

Apr 2, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A 25-year-old Columbia Falls man says he was intoxicated and looking for drugs when he broke into a Kalispell clinic last year and caused significant damage.

Following a tour of some of Montana’s V-A health facilities this week, Democrat Jon Tester sent a letter to fellow senators asking for $244 million to train more nurses.

Montana's Crow Tribe has reached an agreement with federal officials to jointly develop hydropower on the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam.

Evening Newscast 04-01-15

Apr 1, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Today at the state legislature, discussions started in the Senate about the state budget.

The assistant helitack manager on the Helena National Forest is the only survivor of helicopter crash in Mississippi Monday.

The only Medicaid expansion plan that’s still alive in the Montana Legislature has been assigned to a House Committee – the same committee that killed Governor Bullock’s original Medicaid expansion plan last month.

State lawmakers passed a measure urging school employees to complete suicide awareness and prevention training.

Evening Newscast 03-31-15

Mar 31, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Today at the state Legislature, the House of Representatives voted down a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

Authorities on the high line have recovered the body of a Canadian man, the last of three foreign tourists who were found dead after going missing during a November fishing trip.

VA secretary Robert McDonald is hearing a range of concerns about his agency's performance on a two-day tour of VA facilities in Montana.

Evening Newscast 03-30-15

Mar 30, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Senate has passed a Republican lawmaker's compromise Medicaid expansion bill.

Some conservation groups and outdoor-related business are critical of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for his vote on an amendment related to federal land transfers.

A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005.

Ravalli County officials have released the name of a 74-year-old Conner man who died after falling into the Bitterroot River while fishing.

Evening Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A problem with the company that’s administering Montana's student achievement tests has postponed the start of the so-called “Smarter Balanced” exams.

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings.

A 74-year-old Darby-area man drowned in the Bitterroot River yesterday after the boat he and two others were in struck a submerged log, throwing all three men into the river.

Morning Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Montana senators have endorsed the only surviving bill to raise highway speed limits.

State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000 gallon oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The last-standing Medicaid expansion bill in the Montana Legislature has had a second hearing after it stalled in a different committee.

Evening Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Critics of a Montana “religious freedom” bill say that the measure would actually promote discrimination, even anarchy, if it’s passed.

Morning Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday passed a bill requiring fetuses past twenty weeks of gestation to be anesthetized before any surgery.

A House tax panel is expected to take action this week on a three-year state revenue estimate that's a compromise between the latest recommendations from lawmakers and the governor's office.

The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday approved expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, a huge new airspace for military bombers to practice.

Evening Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State Department of Revenue officials today sided against former real estate mogul Tim Blixeth, who challenged the state's tax claims.

A new study has found no evidence that forests infested with mountain pine beetles are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

A University of Montana student is recovering from a hantavirus infection that left him hospitalized for nine days.

Morning Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a bill signed by Montana's governor could pave the way to clemency for Barry Beach.

A state Senate committee has stalled in its consideration of a measure to expand Medicaid to low-income Montanans that would require they pay health care premiums and copayments.

Montana lawmakers have rejected a move designed to eliminate some of Montana's least populated counties.

Montana lawmakers are considering whether to appropriate state funds to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Evening Newscast 03-23-15

Mar 23, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Montana senators have given nearly unanimous approval to a slate of bills that would boost community-based mental health care.

A Glacier National Park ranger shot and killed a mountain lion this weekend as it fought with a park employee's dog.

Tuesday at the Montana Legislature, one state lawmaker is going on the defensive to protect the Colstrip power plant and the surrounding community.

Morning Newscast 03-23-15

Mar 23, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald will tour Montana VA facilities on March 31 and April 1.

The Legislature has passed a measure to update Montana's indecent exposure law and to include electronic transmission of images.

Medical professionals from across the country met at the University of Montana to brainstorm ideas on how to solve the health care problems of rural communities.

An auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls grossed just over $5.6 million.

Evening Newscast 03-20-15

Mar 20, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast, Two Republican Medicaid expansion bills got hearings in the state legislature today.

Montana regulators say they won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal, Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application.

The University of Montana says it’s been notified of a case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Missoula County. Hantavirus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and death.

Morning Newscast 03-20-15

Mar 20, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock had strong words yesterday for House Republicans as they continue to shut out Democratic attempts to restore programs and funding proposed in his biennial budget.

Exxon Mobil Corp. has completed $1.3 million in environmental projects as part of its settlement of water pollution violations from a 2011 pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River.

Republicans in the state House yesterday approved a two year, $10 billion spending package for state government.

Evening Newscast 03-19-15

Mar 19, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock had strong words today for House Republicans as they continue to shut out Democratic attempts to restore programs and funding proposed in his biennial budget.

A new bill to expand Medicaid in Montana gets its first hearing in the state legislature tomorrow.

Democrats in the Montana House Thursday tried to resurrect Governor Steve Bullock’s “Early Edge” plan for statewide pre-school programs.

Morning Newscast 03-19-15

Mar 19, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, attorneys presented their opening arguments yesterday in the city of Missoula’s lawsuit to force the sale of its water utility from current owner the Carlyle Group.

The Montana House has begun a contentious two-day debate on the state's biennial budget, making last session's bipartisan House budget deal seem a distant memory.

Federal judicial officials have been ordered to preserve hundreds of racist and inappropriate emails that prompted Montana's former chief U.S. District Judge to resign.

Evening Newscast 03-18-15

Mar 18, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a bomb threat prompted evacuation of both Montana State University Billings and its 2-year affiliate program, City College, this morning.

The Montana House began a contentious two-day debate Wednesday on the state's biennial budget, making last session's bipartisan House budget deal seem a distant memory.

Attorneys presented their opening arguments today in the city of Missoula’s lawsuit to force the sale of its water utility from current owners, Mountain Water Company and the Carlyle Group.

Morning Newscast 03-18-15

Mar 18, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, with the governor's Medicaid expansion proposal defeated, a Great Falls lawmaker has unveiled another health coverage plan that also seeks to reduce the number of people in poverty.

Montana Lawmakers are considering a resolution asking Congress and the President to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama has already vetoed once.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.4 percent in January.

Evening Newscast 03-17-15

Mar 17, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast,  the so-called dark money bill in Montana's legislature took another step forward on Tuesday after passing the Senate last month.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.4 percent in January.

The Montana Legislature would meet every year if Stevensville Senator Fred Thomas gets his way.

A Missoula man serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen's family.

Morning Newscast 03-17-15

Mar 17, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, former Montana Senator Max Baucus returned to his home state for the first time in over a year Monday night.

Teachers, school officials and lawmakers are debating whether to repeal national education standards that Montana enacted in 2013.

A GOP-led House panel considering the Democratic governor's infrastructure plan allowed about 80 people to testify in support of the measure while no one testified in opposition.

Evening Newscast 03-16-15

Mar 16, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Glendive's water supply was shut down briefly this weekend due to contamination from the January 17th oil spill into the Yellowstone River.

The House has passed a measure to make it illegal for doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

The state House endorsed a bill today that would make it a crime to provide abortion services through telemedicine, which involves doctor’s consultation using video or similar electronic communication.

Morning Newscast 03-16-15

Mar 16, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Missoulian newspaper reports officials are investigating the death of a male student at a University of Montana residence hall yesterday afternoon.

Missoula County authorities say an 18 year old University of Montana student has died in an accidental shooting.

A 54 year old inmate has died after collapsing in his cell at the Missoula County Detention Center.

Evening Newscast 03-13-15

Mar 13, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A pair of bills intended to increase privacy in the digital age are making their way through the state legislature.

Montana State University has set a spring enrollment record for the seventh straight year, while the University of Montana reports an enrollment drop of 4.7 percent.

Butte native Rob O'Neill, a retired Navy Seal who said he fired the shots that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has joined FOX News as a contributor.

Morning Newscast 03-13-15

Mar 13, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Another bill that would make it illegal for doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who ask for it has been endorsed by the House.

Lawmakers have narrowly endorsed a bill to add the chickenpox vaccine to those required for public school students.

Members of Montana's congressional delegation are proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations.

Evening Newscast 03-12-15

Mar 12, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:

Members of Montana's congressional delegation are proposing to make permanent a tax break for coal mined from American Indian Reservations.

Today at the state Legislature, the House  passed a bill that would criminalize physician-assisted suicide.

The state House has narrowly approved an updated list of mandatory vaccinations for Montana school students; even though the Senate rejected the House’s attempt to add an exemption for “personal beliefs.”

Morning Newscast 03-12-15

Mar 12, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a judge has issued a written order denying a new trial for a man who shot and killed a German high school student who was trespassing in his garage in Missoula.

The state Senate yesterday passed two gun-rights bills that are virtual copies of bills the Governor vetoed in the last session.

The Senate has advanced a proposal to allow Montana law enforcement agencies to disregard future federal gun laws.

Evening Newscast 03-11-15

Mar 11, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:

Oil could soon start flowing again through a pipeline that was shut down in January after spilling 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River near Glendive.

The Ronan School Board has rejected the recommendations of Ronan Superintendent Andy Holmlund and will readmit five students who were suspended following their arrests on drug distribution charges in February.

Morning Newscast 03-11-15

Mar 11, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state House has officially killed the governor's proposal to expand Medicaid to about 70,000 low-income Montanans.

An income tax cut bill advanced to the full House at the state legislature today.

Montana's Legislature is again considering whether county officials should have a say in the relocation of wild bison.

The state House has endorsed a bill that would ban texting while driving.

Evening Newscast 03-10-15

Mar 10, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:

Montana’s House has officially killed Governor Bullock’s Medicaid expansion proposal.

Missoula’s housing authority is getting $600,000 to help build new apartments for the homeless. Those with mental illness will get priority.

An income tax cut bill advanced to the full House at the state legislature today.

State senators are contemplating repealing Montana's oil and gas tax holiday under a recurring Democratic proposal.

Morning Newscast 03-10-15

Mar 10, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter says the Republican-led committee trying to kill the Medicaid expansion bill abused its power during a hearing.

A Cascade County division of the Montana Republican Party has censured one of its most senior representatives.

A coroner's inquest has determined that a Missoula police officer was justified when he shot a man to death after a high-speed chase through the city early on New Year's Eve.

The Sears store and its Auto Center at Southgate Mall in Missoula are closing in mid-June.

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