Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Evening Newscast 12-11-14

Dec 11, 2014

Flathead Water Compact

Montana officials said today they've reached a new agreement on a water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Secure Rural School Funding

Officials in 33 Montana counties are keenly aware of what's not in the trillion dollar federal spending bill to keep government open; an extension of the Secure Rural Schools - or SRS - program that Montana counties have relied on since 2000.

Campaign Finance Violation

Evening Newscast 12-10-14

Dec 10, 2014

Authorities locked down four Bozeman schools.

Neighbors of the Missoula man on trial for killing a German exchange student testified that the man's girlfriend told them they planned to bait intruders to catch them in their garage.

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

Newscast 12-09-14

Dec 9, 2014

Garage Shooting

A teen who was with German exchange student Diren Dede the night he was fatally shot in Missoula testified today that the student thought burglarizing garages was a game.

Libby Health Risk Report

Libby Mayor Doug Roll hopes E.P.A's new health risk study could lead to an economic shot in the arm for the community.

Bullock Elected Governors Association Chairman

Newscast 11-21-14

Nov 21, 2014

 Same-sex Marriage Appeal

A deadline’s been set for opening arguments against the court order striking down Montana’s gay marriage ban. State Attorney General Tim Fox says its his duty to uphold Montana’s constitution. The gay marriage ban is a constitutional amendment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has given Fox until February 27 to submit his arguments for why the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Open Meeting Laws

Newscast 11-17-2014

Nov 17, 2014

The budget Governor Steve Bullock released today calls for the state to expand Medicaid. He says doing so would keep Montana’s tax money at home.

A lawsuit filed in Missoula today challenges protection of the Canada lynx in the lower 48 states. Attorney Matthew Bishop says the US Fish and Wildlife Service should have done more science before concluding Lynx have enough habitat to survive.

Court records show that a man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his Missoula garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula.

The second year of buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow - we've got a couple of stories on that on tonight's Montana Evening Edition. We've also got news from the state capitol, and it turns out a federal judge in Great Falls won't hear arguments challenging Montana's gay marriage ban.

The Democratic party has chosen Jon Tester to lead their campaign efforts for the 2016 election. We’ll also hear from Democrats in the state legislature who are calling for climate change policies, and from folks helping out with the transfer of a herd of former Yellowstone Bison from Ted Turner’s ranch to the Fort Peck Reservation. News about getting Native Americans to buy health insurance, too.


This just in: It’s still really cold. We get a little insight from a meteorologist on that. We’ll also hear what’s new and not-new about buying health insurance in Montana as opening day for approaches. We also have a story on a new scorecard that ranks Montana cities on their policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Forecasters say the current cold snap could break records before things warm back up again. A Kalispell man is charged in a Halloween assault on Whitefish's police chief, and veterans in Missoula and from around Montana talk about what today means to them.

Two hunters reported missing near Whitehall have been found. The attorney general will hold a hearing next week in Missoula on the sale of Community Medical Center. Sen. Tester talks about election losses, and leading the Democratic Party's Senate campaign in 2016.

We have more on the “crowd-shooting” incident outside Helena last weekend where hunters shot more than thirty elk. Our Campaign Beat analysts talk about what candidates did right and wrong this year - and look ahead to next year’s legislative session. We’ll also hear from educators and businesspeople in Helena who’re working to get more girls into science careers.

Thirty elk were killed last Sunday near Helena in an incident of questionable ethics. We'll also take a look at Montana's new tourism campaign, and human error has been ruled out in the train derailment that dumped the bodies of six jumbo jets into the Clark Fork river.

Voter turnout in Montana was basically the same this election as it was in the last mid-term contest in 2010. A round-up of election numbers is our top story. We'll also tell you which six counties John Lewis and Amanda Curtis won, and Edward O'Brien has an interview with a researcher who's speaking tonight at the University of Montana - about wildlife in the anthropocene.

Four out of five absentee voters in Montana have turned in their ballots, but overall voter turnout won't be know until the polls close. We get a taste of voting in small-town Montana, and Gov. Bullock says he's hoping the election results in a legislature he can work with.

The past and present owners of the paper mill in Frenchtown miss another deadline to propose their clean-up plans. Missoula's city council is talking over the purchase of Mountain Water tonight. A former Griz makes the NBA. And our election-night analysts tell us what they'll be watching for as

the returns roll in.

Montana’s political practices commissioner says a campaign mailer state Republicans are complaining about is not a problem. We’ll also tell you about the biggest ever donation to the University of Montana’s athletic department. We have a $10,000 fish story and our campaign beat analysts break down election happenings for the last time before voting day Tuesday.

More than 150,000 Montanans have already turned in their absentee ballots. A federal appeals court denies a request to block Montana's campaign finance laws. And a top bear biologist in the state says Yellowstone-area grizzlies are ready for state-level management.

A Missoula teenager pleads guilty in a burglary at Markus Kaarma's house. Grizzly bear deaths are down around Yellowstone, but one shot Monday near Glacier has died. Fish, Wildlife and Parks drops plans for a hunter confidentiality law. And a study on landslides inside the

Berkeley Pit in Butte will be made public soon. Those stories, bat news, the weather and a commentary are coming up in two minutes on Montana Evening Edition.

Stanford and Dartmouth are apologizing for a controversial Montana campaign mailer. Ryan Zinke and his opponents come to different conclusions about newly revealed details of his military service. And author Tim O'Brien is in Missoula to talk about his "big read."

One of the two universities involved in a controversial campaign mailer is negotiating with Montana election authorities - but not the other. Candidates for federal office make their final campaign swings across the state this week. And new figures show far less outside spending in Montana's Senate race than in 2012.

It was a busy week in election news. Our Campaign Beat analysts recap both the senate and house debates. They'll also discuss the controversial political mailer sent to thousands of Montana voters. That's our top story tonight on Montana Evening Edition. Also, hundreds of farmers are meeting this week in Great Falls. Edward O'Brien speaks with a leader in the farming community about modern challenges in Montana agriculture.

Montana Evening Edition continues its series of in-depth interviews with the major party candidates to represent Montana - tonight, News Director Eric Whitney's conversation with Steve Daines. We'll also hear from election officials about a political mailer that's causing confusion and complaints from Montana voters.

Our in-depth interviews with the major party candidates to represent Montana in Congress continues - tonight, Amanda Curtis. That's our top story on Montana Evening Edition. We'll also hear the latest on real estate sales in Missoula and elsewhere in Montana, and have a commentary.

There's one more debate for Montana's open seat in the U.S. Senate tonight. A look at how the major party candidates performed last night is our top story on Montana Evening Edition. And we continue our series of interviews with the four Democrats and Republicans running for federal office in Montana. Tonight: Ryan Zinke on why he deserves Montana's lone House seat.

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition, we'll have lots of election coverage, including the first in our series of in-depth interviews with candidates from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races. We begin that series with House candidate John Lewis. Also, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We'll hear from Montana author Doug Peacock.

A poll out today shows Republicans leading Democrats in the races to represent Montana in the U.S. House and Senate. Also, our Campaign Beat analysts will talk about what the poll numbers mean, and about the big fundraising lead Ryan Zinke now has over John Lewis.

Missoula's Providence St. Patrick Hospital is one of four nationwide that's made special preparations to care for a patient with Ebola, but at least two Missoula physicians say they're not sure it's really ready. We'll also hear from the U.S. Forest Service's top official in the northern region about harvesting more timber.

Montana's ACLU asks a federal judge to rule quickly on the state's same-sex marriage ban. Gov. Bullock visits Missoula to stump for his early childhood education proposal. And Ryan Zinke fights back against charges he wants to sell public lands.

The employees of Missoula's water company say the city should give up trying to take it over. Local health officials say there's little risk to the public if St. Patrick hospital gets a patient with Ebola. And Republicans react to Gov. Bullock's plan to spend more on early childhood education.

Gov. Bullock makes the case to give Montana preschoolers an "early edge." Both sides in the debate over election day voter registration say it's about making election day easier for everyday Montanans. Three thousand teachers are on their way to Missoula to sharpen their skills.