Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

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.

MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On today's Montana Evening Newscast:

House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter says the Republican-led committee trying to kill Governor Bullock’s Medicaid expansion bill abused its power when the bill was heard late Friday. It failed on a party line vote.

Columbia Falls may know by autumn whether the now-closed aluminum smelter there will become a Superfund site.

A coroner's inquest began today in the case of a Missoula police officer who shot a man to death after a car chase through the city early on New Year's Eve.

Morning Newscast 03-09-15

Mar 9, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the U.S. Forest Service is considering a single habitat management plan for grizzly bears in five national forests in northwest Montana

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose adding a closed Columbia Falls aluminum plant to a federal priority list of contaminated sites that need to be cleaned.

Montana's timber industry is guardedly optimistic about its future.

Evening Newscast 03-06-15

Mar 6, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Montana Senators voted to pass a bill to give schools bordering Montana’s oil country more of the taxes generated from oil development in their area.

A Montana man is accused of threatening police officers with a hammer and using his children as shields after officers drew their weapons.

Governor Bullock’s Medicaid expansion plan is getting its first hearing in the Montana Legislature at this hour.

Two Gallatin County jail inmates face charges they attacked a detention officer during a recent escape attempt.

Morning Newscast 03-06-15

Mar 6, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the chairman of the Senate Taxation Committee again is trying to simplify Montana’s income tax system.

A Republican senator from Bozeman has proposed higher speed limits and higher fines for speeding on Montana's highways.

A Senate finance committee today will hear four GOP-sponsored mental health care bills and one Democrat-sponsored one.

After six weeks in limbo, the governor's plan to expand Medicaid to 70,000 low-income Montanans gets its first legislative hearing today.

Evening Newscast 03-05-15

Mar 5, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast:

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill to make careless gun handling a criminal offense.

The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval today to a bill to barring  minors from buying or possessing electronic cigarettes.

Missoula County has settled a lawsuit filed by a sheriff's deputy who said she was discriminated against when she was repeatedly questioned about a kiss she shared with a married deputy at her residence during a time when he failed to respond to a 911 call.

Morning Newscast 03-05-15

Mar 5, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, crews in Bigfork are flushing hydrants and treating the water supply with chlorine in an effort to eliminate bacteria that was discovered last month.

A federal judge has confirmed a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

A Senate finance committee today hears three GOP-sponsored mental health care funding bills that fall far short of longer-term proposals by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's Evening Newscast, both of Montana's senators voted to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline today.

A federal judge has cleared the way for nearly $20 million in payments to victims of sex abuse perpetrated by clergy for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

Kalispell Republican Representative Kieth Regier wants to require doctors to be present when women take abortion-inducing medication.

Morning Newscast 03-04-15

Mar 4, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast,State lawmakers are on their mid-session break until tomorrow and Madelyn Beck reports on some of what won't change in Montana as a result.

A Kalispell man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her 15 year old daughter on Christmas Day 2010 died of self-inflicted suffocation.

Two clergy sex abuse settlements involving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena are poised to move forward in federal bankruptcy court.

Evening Newscast 03-03-15

Mar 3, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Columbia Falls Aluminum Company announced today it’s permanently closing its doors. The plant stopped production in 2009 during the height of the recession.

Civil rights attorneys were in federal court today to argue that hundreds of racist emails from Montana's former Chief U.S. District Judge should be preserved as potential evidence in future lawsuits.

A 74-year-old Libby man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot another man to death in his living room.

Morning Newscast 03-03-15

Mar 3, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast,Governor Steve Bullock’s Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing at the state legislature Friday, and that has groups for and against it trying to rally support.

This weekend dozens of people gathered in Great Falls, Missoula and Kalispell to show support for Medicaid expansion in Montana.

A former girls' basketball coach at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky who is accused of raping two of his players will remain jailed on $750,000 bail.

Evening Newscast 03-02-15

Mar 2, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Greg Gianforte, the founder of Bozeman start-up RightNow Technologies, is donating $1 million to Montana State University to help the school educate more computer science majors.

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Montana Resources contributed a total of $1-million dollars to bring a proposed $2-million dollar American Legion baseball facility to Butte.

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

Morning Newscast 03-02-15

Mar 2, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Morning Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Morning Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Morning Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Morning Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Morning Newscast
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
MTPR Evening Newscast
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
MTPR Morning Newscast
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.

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