Evening Newscast 09-13-17

Sep 13, 2017

At 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, an evacuation warning was issued for the Apgar area of Glacier National Park in anticipation of a weather change on the Sprague Fire.

A Montana coal company says more than 80 miners could be laid off in coming months after environmentalists successfully sued to halt its expansion.

Officials have released the name of a 25-year-old man who was shot in Great Falls after reportedly brandishing a weapon at a Great Falls police officer. Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown said that Thomas Jordan Addison of Great Falls died late Monday.

Numbers from the state show Montana public school students' standardized test scores did not increase from last year to this year.

The Bozeman School District board of trustees has approved a preliminary design for a new high school that would be heated and cooled via a geothermal system. 

For the first time in several days, the Alice Creek Fire area outside Augusta is not under a Red Flag Warning Wednesday. Fire activity is expected to decrease with an incoming cold front that will bring cooler temperatures and some rain.

State lawmakers got an update on Wednesday on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program. The program will launch at the end of next April.

Architects designing three new elementary schools in Helena are asking the public for their opinions. Central, Bryant, and Jim Darcy Elementary Schools will be replaced thanks to a 63 million dollar bond approved by city voters in May.

There’s a decision coming up on a proposal to have the state of Montana take over management of some federal lands. The Lake County Conservation District board will decide Thursday whether to move forward with state management of some Flathead National Forest land in the Swan Valley. 

The Secretary of State’s Office will expand on its claims of illegal votes cast during the special election earlier this year before a joint legislative committee Thursday.

The key architect of the Affordable Care Act has changed his mind and now supports a single-payer health care system. Former Senator Max Baucus says when he was working on the ACA, more commonly called Obamacare, having a system like Medicaid for all was off the table because they wanted to create a “uniquely American solution.”