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Medicaid expansion in Montana is expected to cost the state more than $58 million annually in a couple of years. But, a new economic analysis says the healthcare program in on track to pay for itself by then through savings in other parts of the state budget and increased economic activity.

Authorities Identify Billings Man Shot By Police Officer

Apr 11, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed by a Montana police officer after allegedly threatening patrons at a casino with a pellet gun thought to be a semi-automatic pistol.

The Yellowstone County coroner's office said Wednesday that 44-year-old Shawn Michael Hubbard of Billings was killed by two gunshot wounds to the chest.

Missoula Sues To Expand Background Checks For Gun Purchases

Apr 11, 2018
The group "Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense" rallies in Missoula, MT for stronger gun laws, Dec. 14, 2015.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The city of Missoula sued Montana's attorney general Wednesday in an attempt to move ahead with plans to expand background checks to include private gun sales in the city.

The lawsuit, filed in Missoula County District Court, asks a judge to overrule Attorney General Tim Fox's opinion that Missoula's background check ordinance is prohibited by state law.

Gov. Bullock signs the Medicaid expansion plan into law, April 29, 2015 at the state Capitol. The bill's sponsor Sen. Ed Buttrey, and supporter Stephanie Wallace look on.
Steve Jess

Governor Steve Bullock is praising a new report outlining the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion in Montana. The program expanding health insurance coverage for people with low incomes is set to expire next year unless it’s reauthorized by state lawmakers.

There are two forums for the candidates in Montana’s primary races coming up. 

On Wednesday night, the Democrats running for their party’s nomination in Montana’s U.S. House race meet in Seeley Lake. The Democrats will be joined at the forum by the Libertarian and Green Party candidates for the House seat. 

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