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State Minimum Wage Set To Increase Next Year

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Montana’s minimum wage will increase by 10 cents starting next year.

A little over one percent of Montana’s workforce receives minimum wage, which is currently $8.05 an hour.

Evening Newscast 09-29-16

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Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

Montana Democrats launched a double salvo against Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte this week.

A federal judge has ordered former luxury real estate mogul Tim Blixeth to pay $286 million to creditors of a Montana club for the ultrarich that he's accused of fleecing for personal gain. 

Montana is getting a $2 million federal grant to help clear its backlog of so-called rape kits.

Dr. Phil Kinsey, director of the Montana State Crime Lab, explains rape kit testing protocols to the task force.
Mara Silvers

Montana is getting a $2 million federal grant to help clear its backlog of so-called rape kits.

Attorney General Tim Fox made the announcement today. He says it will allow the state crime lab to process 1,100 boxes of evidence in sexual assault cases dating back to 1995.

Testing the kits could result in suspects being identified in some unsolved rape cases.

First Of Its Kind Veteran's Resource Opens In Missoula

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Denise Juneau, right, cuts the ribbon Ed Lesofski holds up at the grand opening ceremony for the Rural Institute for Veterans Education and Research in Missoula Thursday, Sept. 29. RIVER is considered a first-of-its kind program for veterans.
Edward O'Brien

A first-of-its-kind training and intervention program for veterans celebrated its grand opening in Missoula Thursday, Sept. 29.

The Rural Institute for Veterans Education and Research – “RIVER” for short – helps vets reintegrate back into civilian life after their military service ends.

Executive Director Ed Lesofski says, “just like when they went into the military it took a while to learn how to become a military person, they have to relearn what society is all about and that’s part of what we do.”

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An unanticipated surge in prisoner numbers means Montana’s Department of Corrections has gone over budget, and will likely have to ask state lawmakers for more money in the 2017 legislative session.

The Legislative Finance Committee heard that in Thursday's budget update.

The budget lawmakers passed last year projected that the state would need to pay county jails to house 250 prisoners whom there’s no room for in the state prison system.

Courtesy Jon Tester's office

Senator Jon Tester is asking Montanans who think they’ve been caught up in problems with Wells Fargo to get in touch with his office.

Click here for a link to do that. 

Earlier this month the bank acknowledged opening more than two million customer accounts without their consent, incurring fees and other negative financial consequences.

Joseph Navas

Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault has taken "the small roads," building his independent career through a relentless international touring schedule and his critically-acclaimed recordings. The New Yorker praises his work as "Stark, literate songs that are as wide-open as the landscape of his native Midwest."

Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R)
Montana Legislature

Just hours after The Missoula City Council passed a new ordinance requiring background checks on gun sales, a Republican state lawmaker challenged it.

House Speaker Austin Knudsen is asking State Attorney General Tim Fox to review the law. 

Evening Newscast 09-28-16

Sep 28, 2016
Montana Evening News
Josh Burnham

The city of Bozeman is hiring a lobbyist to push for local sales taxes during the 2017 legislative session.

This week the Department of Interior asked a federal judge to give them more time to respond to a lawsuit over cancelled oil and gas leases in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

A new budget analysis projects that the state’s general fund balance will fall by more than half by the end of 2017. That’s because state revenues are expected to continue declining into the next fiscal year.

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