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Sheila Hogan is director of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services
State of Montana

The head of Montana's health department says she is, quote, “disappointed” to learn of the resignation of American Indian Health Director Mary Lynn-Billy Old Coyote.

Billy-Old Coyote submitted her resignation letter Saturday, a little more than a year after she was appointed to the newly created position by Governor Steve Bullock.

Mary Lynne Billy-Old Coyote is the director of Montana's Office of American Indian Health.
Courtesy Montana DPHHS

Montana's first-ever director of American Indian Health says she thinks state government lacks the commitment for her to do meaningful work, and is resigning.

Mary Lynn Billy-Old Coyote was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock in March of 2016. She submitted her resignation Saturday.

U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte.
Bree Zender

The two major party candidates for Montana’s U.S. House seat were in Missoula Monday and Tuesday, at events that sharply contrast their different bases of support.

The cover of a new report released by the Montana High Tech Business Alliance Monday
Montana High Tech Business Alliance

In the last several years, studies have shown that Montana is hotbed for entrepreneurs, people starting up new companies. A new study released yesterday examined what’s different about the so-called entrepreneurship ecosystem here.

Missoula Police are looking for Lacey Marie Moore
Missoula Dept. of Justice

Rob Quist at a campaign rally at MAP Brewing in Bozeman
Eric Whitney

On the day that Republican Candidate for Congress Greg Gianforte announced that Donald Trump Jr. is coming to Montana to help him raise money, his Democratic opponent Rob Quist drew about 300 people to a rally in Bozeman.

Quist held three rallies Tuesday; in Great Falls, Lewistown and Red Lodge. The Bozeman event was Wednesday, where an after-work hour crowd spilled out of the back of MAP Brewing.

Rob Quist talks with supporters during a campaign stop in Great Falls, April 11, 2017.
Eric Whitney

Democratic candidate for Congress Rob Quist today released his first quarter of 2017 fundraising total.

MontanaPBS had been planning a statewide televised debate between Gianforte and Quist on May 1, but on Monday, that plan fell apart.
MTPR News

At this point, there’s only one debate booked in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat. Early voting starts May 1, the last day to vote is May 25. Montana Television Network has booked Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte for a debate April 29.

MontanaPBS had been planning a statewide televised debate between Gianforte and Quist on May 1, but on Monday, that plan fell apart.

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Montana’s top insurance regulator is promoting a new healthcare coverage option that he doesn’t regulate.

It's called Medi-Share, and is run by a Christian non-profit in Florida that markets it as a ministry where members pay into accounts that are used to pay medical bills for other members.

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