Evening Newscast 03-09-17

Mar 9, 2017

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock says the number one concern he has with the Legislature’s proposed budget is the lack of funding for essential services. 

Federal inspectors found several safety issues at the Montana State Hospital, including staffing shortages that put patients at risk of injury by other patients or themselves.

Republican and Democratic leadership in the state legislature failed to come to an agreement today on a list of candidates to take over the office of the Commissioner of Political Practices. If the disagreement continues, the top lawmakers will forfeit their right to limit who the governor can select as the state’s top political cop.

Montana officials said they are continuing to explore a bid for one of the country's largest outdoor trade expos, even as they acknowledged today that they may not have adequate facilities to host the massive event.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will travel to Montana on Friday to meet with regional Department offices. He’ll kick the trip off with a visit to Glacier National Park, where he’ll talk with leadership about the park system's multi-billion-dollar maintenance backlog.

Republican members of the Montana House Appropriations Committee are resisting efforts by Democrats to restore proposed budget cuts to government agencies and programs.

Stanford University and Dartmouth College have paid nearly $13,600 to settle a Montana campaign practices complaint over postcards sent to voters in 2014.

Avalanche warnings are in effect after heavy snowfall in the mountains of western and southwestern Montana.