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Montana lawmakers in Washington voted for and against two sets of opposing gun control measures Monday.

None of the four amendments, which were spurred on by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, passed the Senate votes.

Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled his energy plan Tuesday.
Corin Cates-Carney

On Tuesday, Governor Steve Bullock released a plan to guide Montana’s energy future.

Montana Legislator Proposes Renaming Columbus Day

Jun 20, 2016

A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature rename Columbus Day with a name that celebrates Native Americans.

Meetings this week address revisions and amendments to a few of Montana's National Forest plans.
Flathead National Forest

Supervisors for the Flathead National Forest held an open house in Kalispell on Monday to answer questions about proposed revisions to its draft forest plan.

The plan provides long-term management goals and standards, and outlines the forest’s projected timber sales.

Blackfeet Tribe Greenlights New Constitution

Jun 20, 2016
The Blackfeet Tribe voted to redraft the tribe's constitution Monday.
Courtesy Photo

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has voted to redraft the tribe's constitution.

The Montana Alzheimer’s and Dementia Workgroup announced its new Montana Alzheimer’s State Plan on Monday.
Corin Cates-Carney

After two years of work, a group is releasing a plan to combat what it calls one of the most important health care crises of our generation.

Nurses across Montana campaign to prevent workplace violence for healthcare workers and emergency responders.
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 Missoula registered nurse Caitlin Shipp will never forget her overnight shift last July 15.

"(It) started like any other day – or night," she remembers. "I was expecting a patient to come up from the emergency department to be admitted.”

The patient was drunk.

Rep. Art Wittich (R) HD68
Montana Legislature

  Today a judge fined state Representative Art Wittich $68,000 for campaign finance violations from 2010 that a jury found him guilty of in April. But the judge said Wittich does not have to give up his seat in the legislature.

District Judge Ray Dayton handed down the penalty today in Anaconda.

A proposed ballot measure woul legalize recreational marijuana in Montana.
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Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into efforts to both expand and eliminate Montanans' legal access to marijuana.

The funds are fueling the work of initiative groups collecting signatures in hopes of creating law by ballot initiatives this November.

Montana Responds to Orlando Shooting With Pride

Jun 17, 2016
The gay pride rainbow was projected on UM's Main Hall last night
Mara Silvers

Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.

But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.

 

Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.

The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.

It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.

 

In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.

The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

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