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Funding For Montana LWCF Projects Doubles In 2016
Bob Wick (CC-BY-2)

Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund projects in Montana has more than doubled since it was last offered in 2014.

AP Corrects Butte Sexual Assault Story

Feb 4, 2016
Butte Central Catholic School
Sesamehoneytart (CC-BY-SA-4)

The Associated Press has corrected a story we broadcast Wednesday and Thursday about a former high school band teacher in Butte who is accused of sexually assaulting a student and providing alcohol to others.

That teacher, Scott L. Yorke, used to teach at Butte Central High School, not at Butte High, as the Associated Press reported.

Blackfeet Water Settlement Clears U.S. Senate Committee

Feb 3, 2016
U.S. Capitol
flickr user Tim Evanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved a $420 million water rights settlement with Montana's Blackfeet American Indian tribe on Wednesday, sending the measure to the full Senate with how to pay for it still unresolved.

UM President Royce Engstrom delivers his mid-year report, Feb. 03 2016 at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana will need to cut its budget by 2 - 2.5 percent in the next fiscal year to reconcile expenses with income. That’s in addition to the job cuts happening now. University President Royce Engstrom made that announcement this afternoon at his annual mid-year update address on campus.

Graduation Matters Montana is now accepting applications for the 2016 Challenge Fund. Submissions must be completed by March 4. It will provide more than $190,000 in competitive grants statewide.

Montana District Court caseloads.
Montana Legislative Fiscal Division

The number of child abuse and neglect cases in Montana is weighing down the state’s already burdened court system.

“It’s significant. It’s actually startling.”

Close to a hundred people turned out for a mid-day meeting offering an update on new student recruiting at the University of Montana today. Enrollment at the Missoula campus has dropped for the last six years, and since the fall of 2009 has declined by 18.5 percent.

Republican candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte.
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte launches a month-long statewide tour Thursday focusing on what he calls over-regulation of small business. The Bozeman entrepreneur says he’ll host 60 roundtable meetings to talk to business owners and ranchers to, "round up regulations" and "put the worst ones out to pasture."

Governor's Race Expected To Be The Most Expensive In Montana History

Feb 2, 2016
In his first stump speech in the state capitol since announcing a bid for Governor, Greg Gianforte said he would not take special interest PAC money in his campaign.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana's copper barons bought and sold public office like any commodity a century ago, and that legacy looms large in what could become the most expensive governor's race in state history. (CC-BY-2.0)

Legislative audits released today of the Montana University System came up clean and without criticism. After reviewing data for the fiscal year ending in June 2015, auditors saw no need for adjustments in how the universities handle their cash flow.