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Montana Newscasts
7:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Evening Newscast 02-26-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a 34-year-old man has been sentenced for trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl as she played with her brother in a Missoula park.

Democratic governor Steve Bullock is likely to veto an advancing Republican plan to cut income taxes.

Montana Veterans Affairs named John Ginnity as the permanent director today, after serving 8 months as the acting director.

The Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling today that allowed Great Falls casino owners to sidestep an anti-smoking law.

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2015 Legislature
7:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

House Tax Cut Bill Faces Likely Veto

Credit William Marcus

Thursday, the Montana House of Representatives passed a bill to increase tax cuts for all Montanans. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Keith Regier, brought this bill back to the House floor after a committee amended it to increase the tax cuts from .1 percent to .2 percent.

Regier says it’s good to give back when the government is in the black.

“A smart, responsible governor will recognize who’s funding the government and give them a break.”

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2015 Legislature
6:47 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bill Diverts Coal Trust Taxes To Fund Infrastructure Projects

Credit Montana Coal Council

The Montana Senate gave final approval to a pair of bills seeking to make long-term infrastructure investments using coal severance tax money. To do that, voters would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment.

The effort faces an uphill battle to get the necessary votes in the House to put the issue before voters.

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2015 Legislature
6:31 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

'Dark Money' Disclosure Bill Narrowly Passes Senate

Credit William Marcus

The Senate gave final approval to a bill that would shine the light on so-called “dark money” donations in Montana’s political campaigns.

Senator Duane Ankney says when neighbors contribute to a political campaign, the candidate is required to report that person’s name, address, and occupation.

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2015 Legislature
5:59 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Senate Votes Down 'Nicer De-icer' Bill

Snow plow with de-icer tank attached.
Credit Montana Department of Transportation

As it rushed toward its mid-session break, the Montana Senate Thursday killed a bill to cut back on the corrosive de-icing chemicals sprayed on the state’s roadways each winter.

Republican Dee Brown of Hungry Horse says the Montana Transportation Department is using more salt-based chemicals to melt ice on Montana’s highways, potentially damaging not just cars and trucks, but the environment as well.

"I am very concerned that the runoff and continuing runoff of chloride-based products is not good for us," Brown said.

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Hazardous Material Transport
5:03 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Rail Safety Analysis Sparks Concern Over Oil Trains

Oil train.
Credit flickr user: Roy Luck (CC-BY-2.0)

A new analysis of train safety and recent accidents involving spilled crude oil has caught the attention of many Montanans, especially as more trains carrying oil are moving through the state.

That’s because a lot crude moves on our rail lines.

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Montana Newscasts
10:16 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Morning Newscast 02-26-15

Credit Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Public Radio, Montana senators have given initial approval to a proposed water-use agreement on the Flathead Reservation.

The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to provide state funding for a limited number of students who turn 19 years old while in high school.

The multi-national company that owns the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant opposes the plant's listing on the Superfund program's National Priorities List.

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Documentary Special
9:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Should the World Bet on America? - An Intelligence Squared Debate

03/01/2015 - America owes $6 trillion to China, the War on Terror has stripped us of the moral high ground, and our middle class is no longer the world's most affluent.  Are our best days behind us or should the world still bet on America?

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1251-declinists-be-damned-bet-on-america

Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Marc Cohn

In 1991, Marc Cohn took home the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the two decades since, he has recorded a series of self-titled albums full of piano-based gospel-blues folk songs, and has performed around the world. In 2005, a harrowing near-death experience helped sharpen Cohn’s musical focus.

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Amendments Fail
11:32 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Flathead Compact Survives The Senate

Montana Senate chamber.
Credit William Marcus

Supporters of the proposed Flathead Water Compact, involving the state, the federal government, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have a victory to celebrate. The compact, one of the most contentious issues of the current Legislative session not only survived a debate and vote in the Montana Senate, but did so with a sizable margin.

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