MTPR

Evening Newscast 07-03-17

Jul 3, 2017

Gas and diesel prices ticked up over the weekend as a new state tax went into effect. The new tax will increase every July 1 for the next six years, to fund maintenance on bridges and roads across the state.

Montana students who participate in a five-state regional medical school program are being asked to commit to work in Montana for three years or pay additional fees.

Lewis and Clark County officials have identified the victim of a fatal weekend shooting in Helena. Coroner Bryan Backeberg says 23-year-old Katherine Spencer died at the hospital after officers responded to the reported shooting.

Nurses, hospitals and other health care providers are holding a public forum on the proposed Senate health care bill this Thursday in Helena. It’s being put on by the Montana Nurses Association.

When Montana opened its first government-run health clinics for state workers five years ago, it was touted as a bold experiment in providing low-cost health care to government workers. There are no co-pays or deductibles. While there were big promises of huge financial savings, a scathing state audit says there is no proof the clinics have saved the state any money.

A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, that shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site has burned about 31 square miles.