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Proposed Rules Target Oil, Gas Waste On Public Lands

Jan 22, 2016
Oil pump.
Dan Boyce

The federal government today proposed new rules to reduce the amount of natural gas released into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

Sen. Duane Ankney (R) SD20
Montana Legislature

On Wednesday four Montana state senators testified before a legislative committee in Washington state. They said that even a partial closure of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant that supplies electricity to Washington would raise power rates in both states and cause big job losses in Montana.

Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman
Eric Whitney

A day after officially joining the race for the governor’s office, Greg Gianforte continued a two-day campaign swing through the state. Today he drew a crowd at Helena Sand and Gravel.

Billings Clinic Launches Statewide Project For Mental Health

Jan 21, 2016
Jackie Yamanaka

Billings Clinic launched a new project in Montana yesterday that will provide peer support to health care providers across the state. This pilot project will start in the area of addictions and behavioral health for the Montana Department of Corrections.

In his first stump speech in the state capitol since announcing a bid for Governor, Greg Gianforte said he would not take special interest PAC money in his campaign.
Corin Cates-Carney

Thursday, in his first stump speech in the state capitol since announcing a bid for Governor, Greg Gianforte said he would not take special interest PAC money in his campaign.

Josh Burnham

If you got a couple dozen of the most powerful and influential health care leaders in Montana together in a room, they'd tell you that, overall, spending on health care here could be a lot more efficient.

That's actually exactly what happened Tuesday in Helena.

Montana Officials Oppose Mining Limits Aimed At Protecting Sage Grouse

Jan 20, 2016
Greater Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (CC-BY-2)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor and attorney general objected Wednesday to a federal proposal to withdraw almost a million acres of public land in the state from future mining to protect greater sage grouse.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Louisiana company has asked a federal judge to block government plans to cancel a long-stalled federal energy lease on land considered sacred to American Indians.

Train near Essex, MT.
Flickr User Roy Luck (CC-BY-2.0)

A legislative audit released last year had Montana’s Public Service Commission examining today whether it should be responsible for railroad safety in the state.

Republican candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte.
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

Republican Greg Gianforte officially kicked off his campaign for governor in Lockwood, just east of Billings this morning. It was the start of a two-day fly-around across the state.

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