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 State News    October 17, 2016

Judge who gave suspended sentence for incest speaks out

Amy Beth Hanson Associated Press HELENA — An eastern Montana judge who has been criticized for handing down a suspended prison sentence in an incest case defended his decision in a statement released Friday. District Judge John McKeon said Valley...

 By Matthew Brown    State News    October 13, 2016

Jury: Founder of posh resort used wife to shield assets

BILLINGS — A federal jury awarded creditors of a Montana resort for the ultra-rich a $9 million judgment against the wife of the resort’s founder after she was accused of helping conceal assets in the fallout from the club’s bankruptcy. The...

 By MATT VOLZ    State News    September 21, 2016

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows killed in car crash

HELENA — Mike Fellows, the state Libertarian Party chairman who was making his eighth run for Montana’s U.S. House seat, died in a car crash, authorities said Tuesday. Fellows, 59, was in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Montana...

 State News    September 20, 2016

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows killed in car crash

HELENA (AP) — Authorities say Mike Fellows, the Libertarian Party's candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat, died in a car crash. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Fellows, a 1976 graduate of Havre High School, died in a head-on collision...

 By AP    State News    July 8, 2016

10 states - including Montana - sue over transgender restrooms

10 states sue over restrooms transgender students can use LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ten states sued the federal government Friday over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms conforming to their gender identity,... Full story

 By AP    State News    June 29, 2016

Sheriff: Grizzly kills person near Glacier National Park

KALISPELL (AP) — Montana authorities say a grizzly bear has killed a person in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry tells the Flathead Beacon (http://bit.ly/29dSG1Y) the person was...

 State News    June 2, 2016

Families connect with culture through equine therapy

HOLLY MICHELS Billings Gazette BILLINGS (AP) — Shelly Fyant from Arlee painted circles around the eyes of a horse named Big Medicine. “The circle gives us a clear vision so we can see our enemy,” she said. The enemy Fyant is talking about is...

 State News    April 27, 2016

Woman pleads not guilty to murder in Montana baby's death

MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS — A woman on a Montana American Indian reservation pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder in the alleged beating death of a 13-month-old relative who was under her care, court officials said. Janelle Red Dog,... Full story

 State News    April 27, 2016

Author's case over rape records goes to Montana high court

MATT VOLZ Associated Press BOZEMAN — "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer goes to the Montana Supreme Court Wednesday to demand the release of records that could explain whether the state's higher education commissioner reversed a decision to expel...

 State News    March 18, 2016

Bullock to repay state for campaign-related travel

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has agreed to reimburse the state more than $2,500 for travel using a state-owned plane that coincided with campaign events after Republicans criticized Bullock's use of the plane, including a Feb. 10 trip... Full story

 State News    March 11, 2016

Authorities identify 3 people found shot to death

BOZEMAN (AP) — The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says a Gallatin County woman shot and killed her husband and their infant child before killing herself on Friday. Authorities on Saturday identified the victims as Jennifer and Joseph Knarr and...

 State News    November 20, 2015

Barry Beach freed from prison

DEER LODG (AP) — The latest in the clemency request from a Montana man convicted in a 1979 murder he has long denied (all times local): Barry Beach has walked out of the Montana State Prison after serving three decades behind bars for a 1979... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ    State News    November 2, 2015

Federal health officials OK Montana Medicaid waiver

HELENA — Montana will become the 30th state to expand its Medicaid program after federal health officials on Monday approved provisions that include requiring beneficiaries to pay premiums that amount to 2 percent of their income. Gov. Steve...

 By ROB GILLIES    State News    November 2, 2015

TransCanada asks US to suspend pipeline application review

TORONTO (AP) — TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast, has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project. TransCanada said Monday it had sent a letter to... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ    State News    October 22, 2015

Juneau may challenge Zinke for House seat

HELENA — Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is considering challenging U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke for Montana's U.S. House seat next year, a spokeswoman for the Democrat said Wednesday. Juneau, 48, has been the state's public schools...

 State News    October 9, 2015

Plans for active shooters vary on Montana campuses

HELENA — Montana's colleges and universities are required to develop emergency operation plans that include responding to an "active shooter" on campus, but what goes in them and how often staff and students are trained for such a situation varies...

 By Allison Noon    State News    September 1, 2015

Court rejects appeal for full hearing on contribution limit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal court has rejected Montana's request to rehear its defense of state campaign contribution limits. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that none of its 44 judges moved to reconsider the case that the...

 State News    August 28, 2015

8 p.m. Update: Better weather conditions help some Montana firefighters

HELENA nday, while other fires closer to the central part of the state continued to spread and threaten rural residences. After most fires grew on Saturday because of warm, windy conditions, Sunday's weather brought at least cooler temperatures acros...

 State News    August 28, 2015

Wilks brothers plan to open road on ranch

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Access to 50,000 acres of federal land in the Upper Missouri River Breaks in north-central Montana will be reopened to the public soon. The road on the ranch owned by Dan and Farris Wilks has been closed since 2011. But in a... Full story

 State News    August 25, 2015

PSC settles with CenturyLink on maintenance, broadband

HELENA (AP) — Montana has reached a settlement with CenturyLink requiring the telecommunications company to improve maintenance response times and accept a federal grant to expand broadband in the state. The Public Service Commission voted 4-0...

 State News    August 14, 2015

Smoke prompts air quality alert for southwest Montana

HELENA (AP) — Smoke of wildfires fouled the air in southwest Montana as firefighters continued battling dozens of fires in the western half of the state. Cooler temperatures on Saturday helped some, but most fires remained active thanks to erratic... Full story

 State News    August 7, 2015

Ex-political reporter named to historical society

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed former Montana political reporter Charles Johnson to the state Historical Society Board of Trustees. Bullock announced the appointment of Johnson and Blaine County Museum executive director Jude...

 State News    August 7, 2015

New land exchange proposal involving Wilks ranch

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Montana's largest landowner is proposing a new land exchange with the federal Bureau of Land Management after a previous one met opposition from hunters. Farris Wilks and his brother, Dan, who own the NBar Ranch at Grass Range...

 State News    August 7, 2015

Montana State Fair numbers solid this year

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Nearly 55,000 people attended this year's Montana State Fair in Great Falls. The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1DxOQd6 ) that Saturday, July 25, had the best turnout of the nine-day fair with just more than...

 By l MATT VOLZ    State News    July 31, 2015

Man accused of shooting family recently released from jai

HELENA (AP) - An 18-year-old man accused of shooting a family that stopped to help him on a Montana roadside was released from a Wyoming jail two weeks earlier while facing unrelated burglary and...


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