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In Ronan, Kalispell
11:16 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Flathead Compact Public Meetings Scheduled

Negotiating teams for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana, and the United States have completed a revised draft of a proposed water right compact.

However, a copy of the draft is not yet publicly available.

A Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation press release says: "For copies of the public review draft of the Revised Compact and associated documents please check the RWRCC website during the week of January 5, 2015"

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Medicaid Expansion
10:52 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is giving Medicaid expansion another try.
Matt Volz AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 10:54 am

The Affordable Care Act is on the move in Western states, with the governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana all working on deals with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid in ways tailored to each state.

But getting the federal stamp of approval is just the first hurdle. The governors also have to sell the change to their state legislators, who have their own ideas of how expansion should go.

The latest example is Montana, where the governor and the legislature have competing proposals about how much federal Medicaid expansion cash the state should try to bring in.

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Dangerous Roads
6:54 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Snow, Freezing Rain Bring Hazardous Driving Conditions To Western Montana

Credit National Weather Service, Missoula, MT

Driving conditions in Western Montana are the worst they’ve been all year. That’s according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Luke Robinson.

“We haven't seen driving conditions like this, probably since last year, so this is pretty bad.”

Robinson says a winter storm warning remains in effect for western Montana through 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Montana Department of Transportation crews cleared a wreck involving a semi from Highway 200 near Bonner earlier today.

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Montana Legislature.
6:36 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

'Law School' For Legislators, Rules Committee Meetings On Tuesday's Agenda

The 2015 Montana legislature continues at 8 a.m. Tuesday and the legislators are getting down to business. Law school for the new legislators is the first item on the agenda, while later on there will be meetings on the rules of the House and Senate.

These are mainly to help the new legislators, many of whom have very little experience with bill proposals and the legislative process of passing those bills.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
5:57 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Sen. Tester: Build The Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Jon Tester.

The 114th Congress opens Tuesday. One of its first orders of business will be to vote on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester says he’s voting for it.
 

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Mountain Water Legal Bills
5:29 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Missoula Mayor Says Legal Fees For Water Company Takeover Are Worth The Cost

Missoula mayor John Engen
Credit Courtesy photo

Media outlets including Montana Public Radio earlier reported that the legal bill for the City of Missoula in its condemnation action against Mountain Water Company had reached $3.5 million. Missoula Mayor John Engen says that number is not accurate.
 

Mountain Water Company has maintained throughout the condemnation proceedings that the city is better off leaving its water supply to the private sector, and that money being spent on condemnation would better be directed to more pressing municipal needs.
 

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2015 Legislature Opens
5:04 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Leaders Call For Bipartisanship On Legislature's Opening Day

Debby Barrett - R, Senate President.
Credit Courtesy Montana Legislature

This was opening day for the 64th session of the Montana Legislature. There was the usual pomp and circumstance, but there was also some real history being made.

Republican Debby Barrett of Dillon became the first woman to take the gavel as Senate president. She was selected by her Republican colleagues during caucuses back in November, but the full Senate made it official Monday on a unanimous voice vote.

Barrett suggested that the legislature has lost some of  its stature, and she aims to rectify that.

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Winter Storm
5:28 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Video: High Impact Winter Storm Briefing For Western Montana

Credit National Weather Service

A potentially long-lasting winter storm will affect the Northern Rockies this Sunday through at least Tuesday and bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation. Watch the storm briefing below.

"Bottom line is we could be talking about a winter storm that could last several days and impact a lot of people."

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Death Threats
11:25 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Sanders County Wolf/Coyote Hunting Event Canceled

Grey wolf.
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Organizers have canceled the coyote and wolf hunting event in Sanders County, Montana that was scheduled for January 16 - 18. The owner of the hotel where registration was going to take place tells us he received death threats against himself and his family, and threats of "character assassination and business assassination," but has no comment beyond that.

Click here to see the Facebook post announcing the event's cancelation.

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New Year's Greetings
7:47 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Edward O'Brien's Postcard From Vienna

Dancing in Vienna's streets!

Happy New Year, Montana! This is Ed O'Brien from the MTPR newsroom.

My wife and I are celebrating our honeymoon in Europe; specifically, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna. It's our first trip overseas and - wow, what a grand adventure! Woke up this morning to the sound of cathedral bells pealing across the city and the clop, clop, clopping of horse-drawn carriages for tourists.

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