Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

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.

Morning Newscast 02-11-15

Feb 11, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the attorney general's request to put a hold on his appeal of a court ruling that Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

A unanimous House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at addressing the mental health crisis in Montana. A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state's indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants.

Evening Newscast

Feb 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

Relatively mild winter weather is bringing out the bears in Yellowstone National Park. Park spokesman Al Nash says the first report of grizzly bear activity was confirmed late Monday afternoon.

Montana could go from being the only state without a law against bullying to the 20th state to criminalize cyberbullying.

PPL Montana is shutting down its J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings. It’s the latest in a wave of plant closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling.

 

Morning Newscast 02-10-15

Feb 10, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana says the state's county jail system is unsafe and badly in need of reform while the snow pack levels have dropped across much of Montana.

Lawmakers are considering whether to ban Montana drivers from using cell phones and the Montana House yesterday overwhelmingly killed a bill after it was approved in committee. Yesterday at the Montana Capitol, legislators heard about privacy.

Evening Newscast 02-09-15

Feb 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

Author Jon Krakauer’s book about sexual assaults in Missoula and at the University of Montana will be released April 21st. The book is called 'Missoula, Rape and the Justice System in a College Town', and the website for Publisher’s Weekly says 500,000 copies will be printed in an initial press run.

In a rare move, the Montana House Monday overwhelmingly killed a bill after it was approved in committee. The measure would have allowed local sheriffs to block arrests, searches, or seizures by the FBI or other federal agencies

Morning Newscast 02-09-15

Feb 9, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, it's been a year since dozens of missile launch officers were implicated in a cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base while Yellowstone National Park will require an overnight backcountry permit fee.

Evening Newscast 02-06-15

Feb 6, 2015
Josh Burnham

Lawyers for Markus Kaarma say Missoula District Court will hear their motion for a re-trail half an hour before Kaarma is scheduled to be sentenced for deliberate homicide February 12th.

A Montana legislator is reviving a bill that, critics say, would allow public school teachers to include the concept of intelligent design in science classes.

A Billings law maker is looking to require that contractors hire more Montana residents for public works projects.

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