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Evening Newscast 10-20-16

Oct 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A jury has found a 29-year-old Kalispell man guilty of the drug-related stabbing death of another man whose body was left in a creek east of Creston.

A parasite that caused a major die-off of mountain whitefish in the Yellowstone River this summer has been found in seven other rivers in Montana.

A Fairview man has been convicted of deliberate homicide in the Valentine's Day 2013 death of his girlfriend, whose body has not been found.

Evening Newscast 10-19-16

Oct 19, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's attorney general will issue a legal opinion on a Missoula ordinance requiring background checks for private gun sales.

A Lincoln County official is asking a federal judge to strike down a Montana law that bars nonpartisan candidates from campaigning as Democrats or Republicans.

US Attorney’s Office in Montana will sponsor a conference on the opiate or heroin epidemic that has gripped other parts of the country at Montana State University’s Bozeman campus Thursday, Oct. 20.

Evening Newscast 10-18-16

Oct 18, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Montana Department of Justice official says the agency does not have the authority to investigate what happened to Governor Steve Bullock's emails when he was attorney general.

A U.S. senator says loopholes in federal laws have left authorities with little leverage in seeking the return of tribal religious items. These items are illegal to trade in the country, but sell for thousands of dollars in foreign markets.

Driving under the influence cases that involve methamphetamine have quadrupled according to tests done at the state crime lab.

Evening Newscast 10-17-16

Oct 17, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A new Lee Newspapers poll shows Republican incumbent Ryan Zinke leading Democratic challenger Denise Juneau by a wide margin in the race for Montana’s seat in the U-S House.

A state judge has ruled a drug dog's search of the parking lot at Florence-Carlton High School was illegal, and dismissed a marijuana charge filed against a student. 

Big game licenses are sold out for hunters who live outside Montana. 

Evening Newscast 10-14-16

Oct 14, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana voters who will soon receive absentee ballots will find more citizen initiatives than in any election since 2010.

A Montana Supreme Court candidate told a colleague at the University of Montana in a recently-released email that she believes the court will be dealing with a lot of freedom-of-religion cases, and she wants to be a part of making those decisions.

Five cases of flu have been confirmed in MIssoula and Lewis and Clark Counties. These are the first flu cases of the season in Montana.

Evening Newscast 10-13-16

Oct 13, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State officials say a Canadian company’s proposal to explore for gold and other precious metals near Yellowstone National Park will have no significant environmental impact.

An Anti-Muslim speaker whose lecture drew 150 protesters in Missoula Tuesday is speaking in Kalispell tonight.

An Anaconda military veteran who joined Ammon Bundy at the very beginning of the Oregon standoff case wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Evening Newscast 10-12-16

Oct 12, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

About a hundred and fifty people congregated on both sides of the street outside a hotel in Missoula last night to denounce an anti-Islamic lecture taking place inside. 

Beartooth Pass on the Montana-Wyoming border has closed for the winter.

A federal jury has awarded creditors in the bankruptcy of a Montana resort for the ultra-rich a 9 million dollar judgment against the wife of the resort's founder.

Evening Newscast 10-11-16

Oct 11, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana has received a $24 million pledge from Indigo Partners investment firm co-founder Bill Franke and his family.

Montana residents are being called upon to vote in the upcoming state Supreme Court race.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case from government officials who were ordered to consult with a wildlife agency about steps they should take to protect Canada lynx in the Northern Rockies.


Oct 10, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte said during a debate Saturday night he will continue to support Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Montana Department of Justice says about 110,000 Montanans have been victims of data breaches in the past year.

A group campaigning for the expansion of renewable energy sources rallied nearly a hundred supporters in Butte today.

Evening Newscast 10-07-16

Oct 7, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Groups trying to influence the outcome of a Montana Supreme Court race are on track to set a record for the most fundraising collected for a justice seat. 

Newly released documents show a Montana state senator was fined $500 and had his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges suspended after pleading guilty to poaching a whitetail deer.

The head of the Montana Department of Corrections defended his agency Thursday after state auditors told a legislative committee that the department broke the law by housing adults at youth correctional facilities. 

Evening Newscast 10-06-16

Oct 6, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The head of the Montana Department of Corrections defended his agency today after state auditors told a legislative committee that the department broke the law by housing adults at youth correctional facilities.

The Montana governor's race has generated more broadcast television ads than all but one of the 12 states with gubernatorial elections this year.

State School Superintendent Denise Juneau was asked during last night’s debate what she would do to protect the rights of LBGT individuals.

Evening Newscast 10-05-16

Oct 5, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke will meet in their third debate in the race for Montana's U.S. House seat tonight.

The federal government is using a new assessment of mineral resources in six Western states to decide whether to ban potential mining on the land to protect an imperiled bird called the sage grouse.

Federal and tribal wildlife agencies are offering a four thousand dollar reward for information about the illegal shooting of a female grizzly bear north of St Ignatius.

Evening Newscast 10-04-16

Oct 4, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An audit says the Montana Department of Corrections is breaking the law by housing youth and adult offenders in the same facility, and by sending girl offenders out of state.

A Kalispell woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her toddler son more than a year after the child was beaten by her former boyfriend.

A 17-year-old grizzly bear has been relocated in northwest Montana after killing a domestic pig. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the 524-pound male bear was trapped in the Seventeen Mile Creek area of the Yaak Valley on Thursday and moved to a different area of the Yaak the same day.

Evening Newscast 10-03-16

Oct 3, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte is pouring more of his own money into his campaign to unseat Democratic Governor Steve Bullock.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has favorably reviewed a proposal to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming out of a Washington port. 

A battered and blood-streaked survivor of a bear attack shot a video of himself on his way to the hospital in which he says, "Life sucks in bear country." 

Evening Newscast 09-30-16

Sep 30, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's elections regulator says blogs that provide political commentary penned by anonymous authors are not subject to campaign finance reporting and disclosure laws. 

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is asking state lawmakers to pass an automatic voter registration bill in the next legislative session.

Biologists and wildlife officials have released 18 black-footed ferrets on the Crow Reservation.

Evening Newscast 09-29-16

Sep 29, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Democrats launched a double salvo against Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte this week.

A federal judge has ordered former luxury real estate mogul Tim Blixeth to pay $286 million to creditors of a Montana club for the ultrarich that he's accused of fleecing for personal gain. 

Montana is getting a $2 million federal grant to help clear its backlog of so-called rape kits.

Evening Newscast 09-28-16

Sep 28, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The city of Bozeman is hiring a lobbyist to push for local sales taxes during the 2017 legislative session.

This week the Department of Interior asked a federal judge to give them more time to respond to a lawsuit over cancelled oil and gas leases in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

A new budget analysis projects that the state’s general fund balance will fall by more than half by the end of 2017. That’s because state revenues are expected to continue declining into the next fiscal year.

Evening Newscast 09-27-16

Sep 27, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An organization that advocates for abused and neglected children faces an uncertain future due to a lack of funding, but its work will continue.

A high-ranking Democratic lawmaker opposes removing federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears without more stringent restrictions on future hunts for the animals.

Wildlife advocacy groups are suing to force the U.S. government to study whether the hunting and slaughter of bison that wander outside of Yellowstone National Park threaten the animal's survival.

Evening Newscast 09-26-16

Sep 26, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Government investigators are due in Yellowstone National Park tomorrow to look into an employee's claims of sexual exploitation of female workers, and financial misconduct.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says his agency is depending on partnerships with states and private organizations to manage 60 million acres in need of restoration because of staff and budget cuts.

Authorities say a man lured two women into a Montana-based sex trafficking scheme, and had just recruited three teenage girls from the Midwest before he was arrested.

Evening Newscast 09-23-16

Sep 23, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana announced preliminary fall enrollment numbers today.

Robbie Knievel, the youngest son of late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, has received a two-year deferred sentence for a drunk-driving crash in Butte.

China is one of the top beef-consuming nations in the world. But American producers have been locked out of that lucrative market since a Mad Cow Disease scare 13 years ago. That changed this week.

Evening Newscast 09-22-16

Sep 22, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has accepted the Libertarian Party's replacement candidate for the U.S. House race.

Montana is reopening the last closed segment of the Yellowstone River south of Livingston tomorrow.

A House committee is investigating complaints of sexual harassment, bullying and other misconduct at national parks across the country, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.

Evening Newscast 09-21-16

Sep 21, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Exxon Mobil Corporation has agreed to pay a settlement for a 2011 pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River. The spill fouled an 85-mile stretch of the river starting upstream of Laurel.

The Montana Standard has asked a judge to make negotiations on the Butte Hill Superfund site public after 14 years.

A hearing on a request to move two Montana State Hospital patients held in an intensive treatment unit into the general population has been continued to December.

Evening Newscast 09-20-16

Sep 20, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Mike Fellows, the Libertarian Party's candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat, was killed in a car accident last night returning from a candidate forum in Seeley Lake. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Fellows died in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percent to 4.3 percent in August.

A small technology firm based in Polson has filed a lawsuit against oilfield services giant Halliburton, one of the world's largest corporations.

Evening Newscast 09-19-16

Sep 19, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On Monday, Montana’s Supreme Court ruled on author Jon Krakauer’s request for University of Montana student records related to an alleged 2012 sexual assault. 

The Missoulian is reporting legendary Montana wildlife biologist John Craighead has died.

A psychiatrist at the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs says there's good reason for holding two patients in long-term isolation. 

Evening Newscast 09-16-16

Sep 16, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Four state psychiatric patients are suing the state health department and several employees alleging they violated their own policies, and state and federal laws, in their treatment of the patients.

The U.S. Senate has approved a 420 million dollar water rights settlement with the Blackfeet Tribe as part of the larger Water Resources Development Act.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes today said they’ve modified their proposal to take over management of the National Bison Range.

Evening Newscast 09-15-16

Sep 15, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Montana legislative committee says American Indian tribes should be allowed to hunt bison inside of Yellowstone National Park.

Bozeman's mayor suggests Montana State University should not continue increasing its enrollment without also adding housing.

A missing and endangered person advisory has been issued for a 27-year-old DonnaLynn Russell who was reportedly taken at gunpoint near Billings. 

Evening Newscast 09-14-16

Sep 14, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Preliminary numbers show student enrollment is up system-wide for the Montana University system, but exact fall enrollment numbers for the University of Montana have not yet been released.

A Texas man charged with killing a Montana man and shooting two others told investigators he feared for his life.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has scaled back its proposed premium increases for insurance policies sold in the individual marketplace after a state analysis and public hearings.

Evening Newscast 09-13-16

Sep 13, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled to keep a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state on November's election ballots.

A Louisiana energy company is asking to reverse the cancelation of a 33-year-old oil and gas lease on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.

Candidates for Montana’s contested Supreme Court seat, and for Secretary of State will face off at a public forum Monday in Seeley Lake.

Evening Newscast 09-12-16

Sep 12, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana officials say the integrity of November's election would be in peril if the state Supreme Court grants Republican Party chairman Jeff Essmann's petition to delay the printing of ballots to remove a candidate's name.

A government-commissioned study says there's "substantial risk" that a 57 million dollar dam and fish bypass proposed on the Yellowstone River won't meet its goal of helping pallid sturgeon.

Environmental organizations in two Montana cities are participating in a national rally tomorrow afternoon in support of the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Evening Newscast 09-09-16

Sep 9, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An interim committee is sending five bills meant to blunt the economic impact of a partial closure of Colstrip's coal-fired power plant to the Montana Legislature.

A state judge has ordered DNA testing on several pieces of evidence collected during the investigation of a 1994 homicide in the Helena area.

The Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has sought federal recognition for almost 4 decades.