MTPR

Evening Newscast 10-17-17

Oct 17, 2017

The ACLU of Montana is challenging the constitutionality of a proposed ballot initiative that would require transgender residents to use public bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.

The University of Montana announced today that it will try to cut excess personnel through a voluntary severance strategy.

High winds in the Flathead Valley are stirring up fires and causing power outages. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says fire crews are still responding to fires reported outside of Kalispell.

Law enforcement officials have announced a program to crack down on organized crime in Montana, mainly through increased efforts to stop drug trafficking.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs says officials with the Northern Cheyenne tribe acted within their authority when they removed the tribe's president from office for reportedly neglecting his duties.

Visitation in Montana was up five percent last year with more than 12 million travelers visiting the state according to new numbers from the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

A hunting and conservation group is criticizing the fast food chain Arby’s for offering a new elk sandwich. The Montana Wildlife Federation sent a letter asking the company not to sell the sandwich, which will be available starting on October 21 at the Arby’s in Billings, as well as two other locations in Wyoming and Colorado.