Rep. Carl Glimm (R) HD6
Montana Legislature

A wide array of interest groups and state officials lined up to testify against a bill that purports to give Montanans more religious freedom, because they say it would only guarantee the freedom to discriminate.

Carl Glimm, a Republican Representative from Ashley Lake, is sponsoring a bill that, he says, would ensure that the government could not infringe on a person’s religious rights unless it had a “compelling interest” in doing so.

Conner Gorry On Life In Cuba As An American

Mar 25, 2015

Visualize a small business that occupies one room, serves tea, coffee, and pastries and sells books and an array of magazines from Time to Gentleman's Quarterly. There are chairs and couches for reading and conversation and in the small yard outside, rich in tropical plants are tables and chairs, a bench, and even a hammock. A mixed color, curly hair Terrier, Toby, wags a greeting from the open door. Walking by on the sidewalk, you get the feeling that it would be a nice place to relax and visit for ten minutes, or an hour.

Evening Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Critics of a Montana “religious freedom” bill say that the measure would actually promote discrimination, even anarchy, if it’s passed.

For Senator Buttrey, Medicaid Expansion Is A Riddle And A Risk

Mar 25, 2015
Sen. Ed Buttrey (R) SD13
Montana Legislature

Middle ground on Medicaid expansion eluded the Montana Legislature in 2013, and since then Senator Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, has studied the issue, talked to hospitals and members of the other party and others to get to where he was last week: standing in front of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee.

Criminalizing Physician Assisted Suicide On Thursday's Legislative Agenda

Mar 25, 2015
William Marcus

Thursday at the Montana Legislature will bring round two for a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to help someone die, making them face up to 10 years in jail and/or a $50,000 fine.

Dems Promise 'Silver Bullet' To Keep Governor's Infrastructure Bill Alive

Mar 25, 2015
Rep. Nancy Ballance (R) HD87
Montana Legislature

The fight over how to fund infrastructure projects in Montana continues in the state legislature.

Morning Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday passed a bill requiring fetuses past twenty weeks of gestation to be anesthetized before any surgery.

A House tax panel is expected to take action this week on a three-year state revenue estimate that's a compromise between the latest recommendations from lawmakers and the governor's office.

The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday approved expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, a huge new airspace for military bombers to practice.

Los Angeles Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan talks about and reads from his book Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film.

Clare Menahan & Annie Dillard: Startled Into Enchantment

Mar 25, 2015

Clare Menahan recalls a vivid encounter with a great horned owl:

Evening Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State Department of Revenue officials today sided against former real estate mogul Tim Blixeth, who challenged the state's tax claims.

A new study has found no evidence that forests infested with mountain pine beetles are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

A University of Montana student is recovering from a hantavirus infection that left him hospitalized for nine days.