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Evening Newscast 11-16-16

Nov 16, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

It was a big day for the Blackfeet tribe today.

Wednesday morning, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a negotiated settlement with an energy company to cancel oil and gas leases in the Badger Two Medicine area considered sacred to the tribe.

The Blackfeet water rights compact passed out of a key House committee Wednesday, moving next to the full House.

A Blackfeet woman who led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian trust funds will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor.

Evening Newscast 11-15-16

Nov 15, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican legislative leaders are calling the budget Montana Governor Steve Bullock released today unrealistic in a time of declining revenues.

Demonstrators across the nation Tuesday, Nov. 15, rallied against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Officials say an Oregon man who died after falling into a scalding Yellowstone National Park hot spring was looking for a place to "hot pot," the forbidden practice of soaking in one of the park's thermal features.

Evening Newscast 11-14-16

Nov 14, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The newly elected Republican leaders of the Montana Legislature say the upcoming session will be focused on a tightening state budget. 

County election offices were scheduled to start counting provisional ballots Monday afternoon.

About 80 people gathered on the north steps of the capitol today to let Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox know they don't like Montana police being sent to help with security around the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Evening Newscast 11-10-16

Nov 10, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Glacier National Park officials have temporarily closed boating on park lakes as a precautionary response to the discovery of larvae from invasive mussels in Montana waters for the first time.

Authorities are taking steps to revoke the probation of Barry Beach, a convicted murderer, who was granted clemency last year then jailed this week for a felony violation.

Evening Newscast 11-09-16

Nov 9, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

This morning, Governor Steve Bullock won a second term, and secured the Democrats' 12-year hold on the governor's office for another four years by defeating Republican challenger Greg Gianforte. 

Montana voters may have successfully reversed severe restrictions state lawmakers imposed on medical marijuana, but patients will have to wait nearly eight months before they can step into a dispensary again. 

The Gallatin County sheriff says he might not take four deputies to North Dakota, as he’d planned, to help law enforcement officers keep the peace during the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Evening Newscast 11-07-16

Nov 7, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte are wrapping up a bruising campaign as Bullock tries to keep his seat as one of only 18 Democratic governors in the nation. 

Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke is seeking tomorrow to hold off a challenge from Democrat Denise Juneau, and maintain a two-decade Republican lock on Montana's sole U.S. House seat. 

A Texas man who was convicted of killing a southwestern Montana man and shooting two others a year ago has been sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Evening Newscast 11-04-16

Nov 4, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Attorneys for two death-row inmates are questioning whether Montana Department of Justice officials told a witness to change his testimony in a case to halt lethal injections.

Gallatin County voters who haven't returned their absentee ballots will be able to drop them off on Election Day at tents outside the courthouse.

A Great Falls man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man at point-blank range while high on methamphetamine has been sentenced to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Evening Newscast 11-03-16

Nov 3, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

An organization to elect conservative judges has complied with the Montana commissioner of political practices order to report its contributions and spending in a state Supreme Court election.

A new analysis shows that Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte has aired more campaign ads than any other state candidate in the nation.

A $4.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract has been awarded to a subsidiary of the tribally owned S&K Technologies.

Evening Newscast 11-02-16

Nov 2, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana's Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a right to trial by jury before the state can take private property in civil forfeiture cases.

A federal appeals court has upheld a decision blocking two Montana logging projects to protect the Canada lynx.

An organization that has spent $268,000 to influence a Montana Supreme Court election says it doesn't need to register as a political committee with the state.

Evening Newscast 11-01-16

Nov 1, 2016
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

U.S. officials say a program to return land on American Indian reservations to tribal control likely will run out of money before millions of eligible acres are addressed.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has found that recent mail thefts in Billings have not targeted ballots.

The Democratic Governors Association is spending heavily to oppose Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte and to support Montana Democrats in the final days before the elections.