Montana Newscasts
6:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Evening Newscast 01-28-15

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2015 Legislature
6:21 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Mental Health Funding On Thursday's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

Thursday, the Montana Legislature will hear a bill funding new and expanded intervention for mental health crises. Republican Representative Ron Ehli of Hamilton is carrying the bill, and has spent some time working with the subject.

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2015 Legislature
6:12 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Legislators Debate Changes To Sexual Abuse Prosecutions

Sen. Jennifer Fielder (R) SD7
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Flathead Water Compact
5:42 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ag Groups Come Out In Support Of Flathead Water Compact

Credit Flickr user Brad Smith (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Some of Montana’s most influential agriculture organizations are lining up to support the Flathead water compact.

Yesterday the Montana Stockgrowers Association said it endorses the compact, which is a negotiated settlement between state and federal government and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Right now, ownership of water on the reservation is disputed, and the compact is an attempt to codify who owns and controls the water without having to go to court.

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2015 Legislature
5:28 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Dept. Of Revenue: Business Equipment Tax Cuts Will Increase Local Taxes

Rep Mike Miller (R) HD80 is the sponsor of a bill reducing business equipment taxes.
Credit Montana Legislature

Legislators are grappling over whether a proposal to further reduce Montana’s business equipment tax is a tax cut or a tax shift.

For proponents, the issue is clear. This tax on items like combines or welding equipment is punitive and stifles growth.

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Coal Royalties
4:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Headwaters Economics: Taxpayers Lose $210 Million A Year In Coal Royalties

American taxpayers are losing out on about $210 million a year in federal coal royalties. That’s according to the  Bozeman-based non-profit, "Headwaters Economics".

Mark Haggerty, with Headwaters, says coal companies aren’t being taxed as much as federal law allows.

“The problem that we've encountered is that the current royalty structure is relatively opaque and we don't have a really good sense of what kind of return we're getting.”

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2015 Legislature
4:10 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

House Votes To Give Governor Power To Grant Clemency

Rep. Margaret (Margie) Macdonald (D) HD51
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The Montana House Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to give the governor the power to grant clemency, even if the board of Pardons and Parole disagrees.

Billings Democrat Margie Macdonald says it’s not fair that the Board can block a clemency request from going to the governor.

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Montana Newscasts
11:31 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Morning Newscast 01-28-15

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Gov. Steve Bullock is set to deliver his State of the State address to Montana lawmakers in Helena on Wednesday while yesterday, Representatives considered a bill to make sure no future federal gun ban could be enforced in Montana.

The debate over legalizing the sale of raw milk returns to the Montana Legislature today with House Bill 245 and four Georgetown teens are missing after disappearing Monday night.

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Fiction
6:21 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Novel Goes Inside The Mind Of A Man With Alzheimer's

Laura Pritchett talks about and reads from Stars Go Blue, a novel in which a Colorado rancher and his wife deal with his diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

About the Book:

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Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Regan deVictoria & Ed Lahey: Leaving Butte

Ed Lahey
Credit courtesy of the Lahey family

"You come to Butte, Montana direct from seven exhausting years in the city, seeking solace, expecting blight, and finding home."  Missoula native Regan deVictoria fell for Butte "as you do a man with a harelip despite deformities, and later, because of them." Poet Ed Lahey was born to a family of Butte miners in 1936. From his adopted home of Missoula, he looked back at The Mining City:

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