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Montana Mandates 'Net Neutrality' For State Contracts

11 hours ago
Network cables.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality.

Sen. Jon Tester.
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Congress has approved an agreement to reopen the federal government after a three-day shutdown.

The deal is now on its way to President Trump’s desk for his signature.

In order to balance the state budget last year, Governor Steve Bullock and lawmakers signed off on $49 million in cuts to the state health department. The department’s response includes eliminating two-and-half-million worth of contracts to non-profits that serve people with developmental disabilities.

Cliven Bundy drew a large crowd in Paradise, MT January 20, 2018 in one of his first speeches since a conspiracy case against him was declared a mistrial.
Nicky Ouellet

Flannels, long beards and pocket Constitutions accented the crowd at an event billed as: “Freedom and Property: Cliven Bundy’s Story” in the town of Paradise Saturday night. Men posted around the Old Paradise School Gymnasium eyed the crowd and murmured security updates into earbuds, even through the opening prayer and pledge.

Women's Marches Draw Thousands Across Montana

Jan 21, 2018
Some of the estimated 3,000 people gathered for the Missoula womens march, January 20, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Thousands of people gathered at events across Montana Saturday to participate in this year’s Women’s March. Each event had its own organizers and theme.

In Missoula, pink hats, red sashes, and sassy signs peppered downtown Saturday morning, as an estimated 3,000 people gathered for the second Women’s March. Last year, a centralized march held at the state capitol drew an estimated 10,000 people. But this year, 9 cities hosted coordinated rallies.

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