Montana Evening Edition

Monday - Friday 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Hosted by , Edward O'Brien
  • Local Anchor Anchors Christopher Allen and Eric Whitney

Local and regional stories from the Montana Public Radio Newsdesk.

Newscast 11-14-2014

Nov 14, 2014

The second year of buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow - we've got a couple of stories on that on tonight's Montana Evening Edition. We've also got news from the state capitol, and it turns out a federal judge in Great Falls won't hear arguments challenging Montana's gay marriage ban.

Newscast 11-13-2014

Nov 13, 2014

The Democratic party has chosen Jon Tester to lead their campaign efforts for the 2016 election. We’ll also hear from Democrats in the state legislature who are calling for climate change policies, and from folks helping out with the transfer of a herd of former Yellowstone Bison from Ted Turner’s ranch to the Fort Peck Reservation. News about getting Native Americans to buy health insurance, too.


Newscast 11-12-2014

Nov 12, 2014

This just in: It’s still really cold. We get a little insight from a meteorologist on that. We’ll also hear what’s new and not-new about buying health insurance in Montana as opening day for approaches. We also have a story on a new scorecard that ranks Montana cities on their policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Newscast 11-11-2014

Nov 11, 2014

Forecasters say the current cold snap could break records before things warm back up again. A Kalispell man is charged in a Halloween assault on Whitefish's police chief, and veterans in Missoula and from around Montana talk about what today means to them.

Newscast 11-10-2014

Nov 10, 2014

Two hunters reported missing near Whitehall have been found. The attorney general will hold a hearing next week in Missoula on the sale of Community Medical Center. Sen. Tester talks about election losses, and leading the Democratic Party's Senate campaign in 2016.

Newscast 11-07-2014

Nov 7, 2014

We have more on the “crowd-shooting” incident outside Helena last weekend where hunters shot more than thirty elk. Our Campaign Beat analysts talk about what candidates did right and wrong this year - and look ahead to next year’s legislative session. We’ll also hear from educators and businesspeople in Helena who’re working to get more girls into science careers.

Newscast 11-06-2014

Nov 6, 2014

Thirty elk were killed last Sunday near Helena in an incident of questionable ethics. We'll also take a look at Montana's new tourism campaign, and human error has been ruled out in the train derailment that dumped the bodies of six jumbo jets into the Clark Fork river.

Newscast 11-05-2014

Nov 5, 2014

Voter turnout in Montana was basically the same this election as it was in the last mid-term contest in 2010. A round-up of election numbers is our top story. We'll also tell you which six counties John Lewis and Amanda Curtis won, and Edward O'Brien has an interview with a researcher who's speaking tonight at the University of Montana - about wildlife in the anthropocene.

Newscast 11-04-2014

Nov 4, 2014

Four out of five absentee voters in Montana have turned in their ballots, but overall voter turnout won't be know until the polls close. We get a taste of voting in small-town Montana, and Gov. Bullock says he's hoping the election results in a legislature he can work with.

Newcast 11-03-2014

Nov 3, 2014

The past and present owners of the paper mill in Frenchtown miss another deadline to propose their clean-up plans. Missoula's city council is talking over the purchase of Mountain Water tonight. A former Griz makes the NBA. And our election-night analysts tell us what they'll be watching for as

the returns roll in.

Newscast 10-31-2014

Oct 31, 2014

Montana’s political practices commissioner says a campaign mailer state Republicans are complaining about is not a problem. We’ll also tell you about the biggest ever donation to the University of Montana’s athletic department. We have a $10,000 fish story and our campaign beat analysts break down election happenings for the last time before voting day Tuesday.

Newscast 10-30-2014

Oct 30, 2014

More than 150,000 Montanans have already turned in their absentee ballots. A federal appeals court denies a request to block Montana's campaign finance laws. And a top bear biologist in the state says Yellowstone-area grizzlies are ready for state-level management.

Newscast 10-29-2014

Oct 29, 2014

A Missoula teenager pleads guilty in a burglary at Markus Kaarma's house. Grizzly bear deaths are down around Yellowstone, but one shot Monday near Glacier has died. Fish, Wildlife and Parks drops plans for a hunter confidentiality law. And a study on landslides inside the

Berkeley Pit in Butte will be made public soon. Those stories, bat news, the weather and a commentary are coming up in two minutes on Montana Evening Edition.

Newscast 10-28-2014

Oct 28, 2014

Stanford and Dartmouth are apologizing for a controversial Montana campaign mailer. Ryan Zinke and his opponents come to different conclusions about newly revealed details of his military service. And author Tim O'Brien is in Missoula to talk about his "big read."

Newscast 10-27-2014

Oct 27, 2014

One of the two universities involved in a controversial campaign mailer is negotiating with Montana election authorities - but not the other. Candidates for federal office make their final campaign swings across the state this week. And new figures show far less outside spending in Montana's Senate race than in 2012.

Newscast 10-24-2014

Oct 24, 2014

It was a busy week in election news. Our Campaign Beat analysts recap both the senate and house debates. They'll also discuss the controversial political mailer sent to thousands of Montana voters. That's our top story tonight on Montana Evening Edition. Also, hundreds of farmers are meeting this week in Great Falls. Edward O'Brien speaks with a leader in the farming community about modern challenges in Montana agriculture.

Newscast 10-23-2014

Oct 23, 2014

Montana Evening Edition continues its series of in-depth interviews with the major party candidates to represent Montana - tonight, News Director Eric Whitney's conversation with Steve Daines. We'll also hear from election officials about a political mailer that's causing confusion and complaints from Montana voters.

Newscast 10-22-2014

Oct 22, 2014

Our in-depth interviews with the major party candidates to represent Montana in Congress continues - tonight, Amanda Curtis. That's our top story on Montana Evening Edition. We'll also hear the latest on real estate sales in Missoula and elsewhere in Montana, and have a commentary.

Newscast 10-21-2014

Oct 21, 2014

There's one more debate for Montana's open seat in the U.S. Senate tonight. A look at how the major party candidates performed last night is our top story on Montana Evening Edition. And we continue our series of interviews with the four Democrats and Republicans running for federal office in Montana. Tonight: Ryan Zinke on why he deserves Montana's lone House seat.

Newscast 10-20-2014

Oct 20, 2014

Tonight on Montana Evening Edition, we'll have lots of election coverage, including the first in our series of in-depth interviews with candidates from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races. We begin that series with House candidate John Lewis. Also, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We'll hear from Montana author Doug Peacock.

Newscast 10-17-2014

Oct 17, 2014

A poll out today shows Republicans leading Democrats in the races to represent Montana in the U.S. House and Senate. Also, our Campaign Beat analysts will talk about what the poll numbers mean, and about the big fundraising lead Ryan Zinke now has over John Lewis.

Newscast 10-16-2014

Oct 16, 2014

Missoula's Providence St. Patrick Hospital is one of four nationwide that's made special preparations to care for a patient with Ebola, but at least two Missoula physicians say they're not sure it's really ready. We'll also hear from the U.S. Forest Service's top official in the northern region about harvesting more timber.

Newscast 10-15-2014

Oct 15, 2014

Montana's ACLU asks a federal judge to rule quickly on the state's same-sex marriage ban. Gov. Bullock visits Missoula to stump for his early childhood education proposal. And Ryan Zinke fights back against charges he wants to sell public lands.

Newscast 10-14-2014

Oct 14, 2014

The employees of Missoula's water company say the city should give up trying to take it over. Local health officials say there's little risk to the public if St. Patrick hospital gets a patient with Ebola. And Republicans react to Gov. Bullock's plan to spend more on early childhood education.

Newscast 10-13-2014

Oct 14, 2014

Gov. Bullock makes the case to give Montana preschoolers an "early edge." Both sides in the debate over election day voter registration say it's about making election day easier for everyday Montanans. Three thousand teachers are on their way to Missoula to sharpen their skills.

Newscast 10-10-2014

Oct 10, 2014

The Army War College has found Sen. John Walsh guilty of plagiarism, and revoked his master's degree. Montana's insurance commissioner issues a new rule for prescription drug coverage. And our political analysts take a look at Montana's state legislative races and ads.

Newscast 10-09-2014

Oct 9, 2014

The two candidates for Missoula County Sheriff have very different opinions about the ruling that one of them broke campaign finance laws. We'll have reactions from both of them.  Also, U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis uses a Billings rally to chastise her opponent, Steve Daines, for what she says is a poor record on women's issues.

Newscast 10-08-2014

Oct 8, 2014

The flu officially arrives in Montana. Groups from across the state meet to decide the future of a bison herd. We'll hear three different opinions on how they should be managed. And an author and survivor of wars in South Sudan arrives in Missoula to give some high school students some perspective.

Newscast 10-07-2014

Oct 7, 2014

A federal court with jurisdiction in Montana throws out gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. State wildlife officials are considering anonymity for hunters. Sen. Jon Tester wants Congressional debate on funding to fight ISIS. And health officials in Omaha offer Missoula advice for accepting patients with Ebola.

Newscast 10-06-2014

Oct 6, 2014

Absentee voting starts today in Montana. Gay marriage advocates are applauding today's Supreme Court decision. Montana's U.S. House candidates turn in a more spirited performance this weekend in Bozeman. And a reporter in Polson is arrested while doing his job.