Montana News

Justice Mike Wheat
6:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Justice Wheat: Attack Ads Won't Impact Court Decisions

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat
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Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat says the partisan attack launched against him as he ran for re-election won’t impact his work on the state’s highest court.

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6:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Half Of Montana Kids Live In Low Income Families

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Nearly half of all Montana kids are growing up in low income homes.

That’s according to the latest Montana KIDS COUNT policy report, put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report concludes it's going to take a coordinated approach to help lift kids out of those circumstances.

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CO2 Emissions
6:28 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Montana Dems: Meet CO2 Limits With Conservation, Renewables

The coal power generators at Colstrip are the single biggest source of CO2 emissions in Montana.
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As the State of Montana grapples to find ways of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions under proposed new federal rules, a collection of business people, scientists, and Democratic lawmakers is pushing the incoming legislature to put more renewable energy to work as part of the solution.  The group is nudging the Republican-controlled legislature to take small steps.

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Bison Relocation
6:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Transferred To Fort Peck Reservation

Wild bison transferred from Yellowstone National Park arrived at the Fort Peck Reservation Thursday, Nov 13.
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A herd of wild bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park arrived at Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation today.

The bison were initially captured migrating out of the park, and were kept on media mogul Ted Turner’s ranch for the last five years.

Tommy Christian is a 15-year member of the Assiniboine & Sioux tribal council. He says many tribes, including those he represents on Fort Peck, have a strong relationship with the animals, and have only recently been able to express it since hunters nearly massacred the entire species.

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Montana Politics
3:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Tester Named Chair Of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

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Montana Senator Jon Tester was named chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today.

On his Twitter feed Tester said, “I’m accepting this position with the DSCC to recruit and support candidates who understand the issues facing regular, working Americans.”

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Affordable Care Act
6:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Health Insurance Premiums Up Only Slightly In Montana

Montanans who buy their own health insurance, or who want to, can start buying policies for next year starting on Saturday. It’s the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s second so-called “open enrollment” period.

The process will be similar to last year, but significantly different, says Adam Schafer, at the Montana insurance commissioner’s office.

"Folks should not experience the same problems that came up last year," he says.

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Municipality Equality Index
6:34 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Montana Gets Good, Bad Marks On LGBT Scorecard

A new report says at least four Montana cities can do more to protect their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and employees.
According to the Municipality Equality Index, produced by the Human Rights Campaign, the average score for cities in Montana is 44 out of 100 points. That's below the national average of 59.

Billings scored 23 points, Bozeman 40 and Helena 53. Great Falls scored 2 points and Missoula 100.  

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Montana Legislature
6:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

State Lawmakers Elect Party Leaders

Republican Debby Barrett will serve as President of the Senate in the 2015 legislature.

State lawmakers chose their party leaders for the upcoming 2015 legislative session in Helena today.

Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanaka says they’re talking about working together to benefit Montana.

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Oral History Project
5:52 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Younger Montana Veterans Share Stories

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Miles Netzer served with the U.S. Marines from June 2002 through July 2011. He deployed several times to multiple theaters. His parent unit was VMGR-352, a squadron. The unit's planes conducted air-to-air refueling on helicopters and jets, ground refueling of helicopters and vehicles and aerial delivery of supplies, people, illumination and "pretty much anything you can think to throw out the back of an airplane."

Listen to Netzer's story here.

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Missoula Vets' Event
5:51 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

'Every Day Is Veterans Day'

A child looks up at a flag at the Missoula County Courthouse on Veterans Day.
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For Missoulian Bob Ferris, every day is Veterans Day.

Ferris was stationed with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines during the Vietnam war. That particular battalion sustained heavy casualties; 749 men were killed in action and two went missing in action during it's Vietnam service. Ferris attended today's annual Forgotten Warriors Post 101 Veterans Day ceremony.

"You wouldn't let a little snow and ice and anything else keep you from being down here," Ferris said. "It's very important."

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