Montana News

Cyber Security
4:55 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Bill Requires A.G. To Be Notified When Hackers Hit Montanans

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox wants his department to be notified any time online hackers steal personal information about Montana residents. 

Fox’s bill, being sponsored by Butte Democrat Ryan Lynch, was heard in the House Judiciary Committee Monday morning. 

Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion says the Consumer Protection office needs to be kept in the loop when Montanans are the victims of data theft.

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Wolverine Sighting
4:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Citizen Scientists See Evidence Of 3 Wolverines Near Helena

Wolverine.

Wolverines are solitary animals. There are only an estimated 200 to 250 wolverines left in the lower 48 and they slowly reproduce.

The notoriously fierce carnivore favors rugged and remote places.

Consider yourself lucky if you see signs of one in the backcountry.

A group of amateur trackers led by professional scientists didn't see just one this weekend during a forest carnivore study held about an hour north of Helena.

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Vote Tonight In Helena
11:58 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Friends, Foes Of Flathead Compact Speak Out

An opponent of the Flathead Water Compact in Ronan Friday night.
Credit Eric Whitney

 Tonight in Helena Montana’s Reserved Water Rights Commission meets, and is expected to approve a huge water rights settlement between the state, the Confederated Salish and Kootnai Tribes and the federal government.

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Legislative Roundup
6:27 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Rules Debates Dominate The First Week Of The Montana Legislature

The Montana Legislature opened Jan. 5.
Credit Michael Wright - Community News Service

The 2015 Montana Legislature convened Jan. 5, and ceremonial and educational events welcomed the 150 lawmakers from all over the state to Helena.

During the swearing-in ceremonies, the leaders of each party said they hoped the parties would work together to better the state.

“I look around this room and see 50 individuals dedicated to making Montana a better place,” said new Senate President Debby Barrett, R-Dillon. Barrett is the first woman elected Senate president, and she spoke about increasing the power of the legislative branch.

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Weather
3:32 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Weekend Snow Headed To Western Montana

Credit National Weather Service

Light to moderate snow will gradually overspread the region through Sunday morning creating hazardous travel at times. Mountain passes are expected to generally receive 3-6 inches of snow, while the valleys of western Montana see anywhere from 1-4 inches with only a light dusting possible for north central Idaho valleys. Slick roads are likely, especially back streets and parking lots which have not entirely cleared out from the last storm.

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Capitol Celebration
5:20 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

UM Journalism School Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

Credit Josh Burnham

A 100th anniversary celebration for the University of Montana’s Journalism School took place at the state capitol today.

It was 1914 when Dean Arthur Stone set up tents for journalism classes on the Missoula campus because no classrooms were available for the program’s twelve students. By the mid-seventies, when the Watergate scandal turned reporters into heroes, enrollment hit three hundred students. Today the UM Journalism program counts several Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni.

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Flu
5:03 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Flu Hits Montana Hard And Early This Year

Credit James Gathany (Public Domain)

Influenza infections continue to pick up steam across Montana.
We reported earlier this week there's been a significant jump in Influenza activity in Montana.

Montana Health Department influenza surveillance coordinator, Elton Mosher, says the past couple of flu seasons were dominated by a more mild flu-strain known as "H1N1":

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Capitol Talk
4:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'Capitol Talk' Returns To Guide You Through The 2015 Legislature

Rules debates, the home-schooled chair of the House Education committee, Medicaid expansion, and two new murals honoring Montana women at the state capitol; Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Mike Dennison talk about all this and more in this episode of "Capitol Talk".

"Capitol Talk," our weekly legislative news and analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the legislative session. MTPR's Sally Mauk is joined by Lee Newspapers reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Legislative Rules Compromise
5:13 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Legislative Compromise Gives Hope To Dems, Heartburn To Speaker

House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R), HD 34
Credit Montana Legislature

A compromise over the rules in the Montana House gives the minority Democrats a little more power, while preventing a lengthy and acrimonious floor debate.

Tuesday the House Rules committee labored for hours as Democrats brought up a long list of changes to give their pet projects a slightly better chance of passing, or at least not dying in committee. The minority threatened to do the same thing on the House floor Thursday afternoon, until both sides reached a last-minute deal.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
4:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Senate Energy Committee Passes Keystone Pipeline Bill

Montana Senator Steve Daines testifying in favor of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Montana Senator Steve Daines sits on the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee, which today passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He told the committee it’s important for Montana’s economy.

"Not everybody has a fly rod in their hand and is on the ski hill," said Daines.

Daines said the pipeline will move 100,000 barrels a day of oil produced in Montana and North Dakota.

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