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Shahid Haque-Hausrath is an immigration attorney with Helena’s Border Crossing law firm.
Courtesy Photo Border Crossing Law Firm

President Donald  Trump’s executive orders on immigration Wednesday came as little surprise to one Montana immigration attorney.

Helena’s Shahid Haque-Hausrath says he saw President Trump’s immigration orders coming from a mile away:

Josh Burnham

Healthcare employment in Montana grew by more than 3 percent last year, after years of growth below 1 percent. That's according to the new annual report from the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

2016 was the first full year of Medicaid expansion in Montana under the Affordable Care Act, which helped the state's uninsured rate drop by nearly two-thirds.

The priorities Governor Steve Bullock promoted last night during his 3rd State of the State Address were familiar themes from past speeches and from last fall’s re-campaign.

“Fiscal responsibility. Education. Infrastructure. Job Creation. Caring for others,” Bullock summarized.

Gov. Bullock entering the House chambers before his State of the State speech Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Helena.
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

Gov. Steve Bullock outlined his goals for the 2017 Legislature Tuesday during his third State of the State address, including a responsible state budget, infrastructure, business growth and education.

Montana Lawmakers Consider Suicide Prevention Grants

Jan 24, 2017

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would award grants through the Office of Public Instruction to develop a district-wide system of support to prevent students from suicide.

House Bill 265 would require schools that receive the grant adopt and implement a suicide prevention plan outlined in the bill. 

Northern Yellowstone Elk Numbers Stabilizing

Jan 24, 2017
Elk in Yellowstone National Park
Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park (PD)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State and federal biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park have stabilized after a long-term decline.

Bill Would Allow Firearms At Post Offices In Montana

Jan 24, 2017
Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would supersede federal law for any future ban on firearms and magazines.
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The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on four bills about gun control this morning at the 2017 Montana Legislature. House Bill 246 would allow firearms on postal service property in Montana, overriding a federal rule that prohibits it. This includes inside the post office, as well as the parking lot.

Montana's economy slowed significantly in 2016, and continued slow growth is projected for this year.
Courtesy BBER Montana

Montana's economy slowed significantly in 2016, and continued slow growth is projected for this year. That's according to new numbers released today by economists at the University of Montana.

Energy Panel Postpones Votes On Energy, Interior Nominees

Jan 24, 2017
Rep. Ryan Zinke at his Interior Secretary confirmation hearing Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has postponed a meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday to vote on the nominations of Ryan Zinke and Rick Perry to head the departments of Interior and Energy.

Watch Live: State Of The State Address 2017

Jan 24, 2017
Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

MontanaPBS provides live coverage and analysis of Governor Steve Bullock's State of the State Address. This speech, delivered before the joint chambers of the Montana Legislature, comes at the beginning of the governor's second term. The live coverage will include a response from the Montana Republican Party, interviews with lawmakers and analysis.

Tune in right here for MontanaPBS coverage of Governor Bullock's 2017 State of the State Address. The speech is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24.