Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's evening newscasts bring you headlines from across Montana.

Evening Newscast 04-19-18

Apr 19, 2018

A group trying to continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion past its 2019 expiration date, and to help pay for it by raising existing taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, kicked off a campaign today in Helena to gather signatures for their ballot initiative.

Gov. Steve Bullock declared a flooding emergency yesterday in seven northern Montana counties, the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and the town of Chester.

Governor Steve Bullock supports a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to raise the state’s tax on cigarettes by $2 as well as on other tobacco products. Money from the tax increase would go toward Medicaid expansion and other health services.

Evening Newscast 04-18-18

Apr 18, 2018

Governor Steve Bullock declared a flooding emergency today in seven northern Montana counties, the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, and the town of Chester. 

State wildlife officials located a small black bear that escaped from the state wildlife rehabilitation center west of Helena overnight, and will return it to the wild a bit earlier than planned. 

A Montana priest is calling for a boycott of a fundraiser for Billings Central Catholic Schools because two of the event's co-chairs are homosexual men. 

Evening Newscast 04-17-18

Apr 17, 2018

An outgoing University of Montana vice president, who was hired to increase the school's enrollment, says he's concerned the wife of university President Seth Bodnar is seeking confidential student information on behalf of a consultant that has offered to help recruit students.

Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has built a huge fundraising lead over the Republicans hoping to challenge him this fall.

The University of Montana today revealed preliminary plans to eliminate more than 50 faculty positions in order to bring its budget into balance.

Evening Newscast 04-16-18

Apr 16, 2018

Attorney General Tim Fox is recovering from colon cancer surgery and expects to begin chemotherapy next month.

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte's re-election campaign started the year strongly by raising more money in the first three months than the five Democratic contenders for the seat combined.

Evening Newscast 04-13-18

Apr 13, 2018

A conservative organization has agreed to pay $30,000 to Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices to avoid a trial on charges that it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the 2012 elections.

Former US House member and Senator John Melcher of Montana has died.

Candidates for Montana’s seats in the U.S. House and Senate are required to file quarterly fundraising reports by Sunday. Friday, several published fundraising results early about the donations they've been able to pull in since the start of the year.