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 By LISA BAUMANN    State News    January 29, 2015 

Bullock urges infrastructure in State of State

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock says in order for Montana to flourish state government must provide good roads, 21st century classrooms, safe bridges and clean drinking water. He used his second State of the State address Wednesday evening at the...

 
 By LISA BAUMANN AP    State News    January 26, 2015

Rep. Mile Miller settles in campaign finance case

HELENA — A Republican state lawmaker has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine and not run for public officer for four years to settle a lawsuit that accuses him of breaking campaign finance laws. The agreement with Rep. Mike Miller of Helmville was filed... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN    State News    January 23, 2015

Glendive gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river 

BILLINGS — Thousands of people in Glendive were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into a nearby river, and water in Williston, North Dakota, also was deemed...

 
 By ALISON NOON    State News    January 23, 2015

Montana Senate OKs bills to put electronics in privacy laws

HELENA — The state Senate approved two bills Thursday that would update peeping Tom and indecent exposure laws to prohibit committing those crimes through electronic means. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, passe...

 
 State News    January 23, 2015

Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Montana oil spill

BILLINGS (AP) — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. The order comes after Bridger... Full story

 
 By ALISON NOON    State News    January 23, 2015

Montana Senate passes bills to put electronics in privacy

HELENA — The Montana Senate has approved two bills that update peeping Tom and indecent exposure laws to prohibit committing those crimes through electronic means. Senate Bill 50, which is sponsored by Republican Jennifer Fielder, passed 47-0. It... Full story

 
 By AP    State News    January 23, 2015

Bill would close loophole in Montana media shield law

HELENA — Montana government agencies would be barred from going after a reporter's sources or information through companies like Google under legislation proposed in a House committee Thursday. Republican Rep. Daniel Zolnikov of Billings... Full story

 
 By Matthew Brown AP    State News    January 23, 2015

Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Glendive oil spill

ILLINGS — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. The order comes after Bridger Pipeline... Full story

 
 State News    January 22, 2015

Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race planned for Feb. 28 through March 1

Press release Organizers are planning a sled dog race near Olney for Feb. 28 and March 1. Teams are already entering and the trails are getting unseasonal high snow coverage. The Flathead Classic is a new nonprofit, taking the place of Flathead Sled... Full story

 
 State News    January 19, 2015

Leadership Montana accepting applications for 2015-16

Special to the Daily News BILLINGS — Leadership Montana, the state’s premier leadership development organization, has opened the application process for the Class of 2016. The class will meet in communities across the state during the months of... Full story

 
 State News    January 19, 2015

AARP names new Montana state director

Special to the Daily News HELENA — AARP has named Tim Summers to be its new state director in Montana, replacing Bob Bartholomew, who retired after more than 15 years in the post. “Tim has the management and leadership skills necessary to ensure... Full story

 
 By LISA BAUMANN AP    State News    January 19, 2015

Gov. introduces proposal for Medicaid expansion 


HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's latest plan to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage has been formally introduced. Bullock announced the measure called the Healthy Montana Plan with sponsor Rep. Pat Noonan at the Capitol on... Full story

 
 By ALISON NOON Associated Press    State News    January 19, 2015

E--cigarettes up for debate at Montana Legislature

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers considered for the first time Monday whether to regulate electronic cigarettes. Sen. Diane Sands brought the bill before the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee on behalf of the Montana... Full story

 
 State News    January 19, 2015

Bill aims to drug test some Montana welfare applicants

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Certain welfare applicants would be required to take drug tests under legislation proposed in Montana. Republican Rep. Randy Pinocci, of Sun River, introduced the bill in the House Human Services Committee on Monday. He says... Full story

 
 By MATTHEW BROWN AP    State News    January 16, 2015

Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

BILLINGS — Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled about 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. The Bridger... Full story

 
 State News    January 16, 2015

Bill would ban cellphone use in vehicle

BOZEMAN (AP) — A bill being drafted by a Billings legislator would ban cellphone use while driving in Montana. Most major cities in Montana have enacted bans on talking and texting while driving. According to the Montana Department of... Full story

 
 State News    January 12, 2015

U.S. Sen. Tester undaunted as lone Montana Democrat

HELENA (AP) — As the 114th Congress convened this week, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said he isn't daunted by his new status as the lone Montana Democrat in Congress or by the fact that his party is now the minority in the Senate. "It will be similar to... Full story

 
 By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press    State News    January 9, 2015

Montana GOP votes to join lawsuit closing primaries

HELENA — Montana Republicans have voted to join a lawsuit seeking to limit their primary elections to those registered with the GOP. The Republican State Central Committee approved the motion by an 83-43 vote Saturday in Helena. They will join a... Full story

 
 State News    January 6, 2015

Winter dumps snow in Montana

(AP) — The winter storm that moved through Montana Sunday and Monday continued to cause trouble today. An avalanche temporarily closed U.S. Highway 2 about 10 miles west of Essex just before 6 a.m.... Full story

 
 By LISA BAUMANN AP    State News    January 5, 2015

Parties pledge cooperation as Montana Legislature convenes

HELENA — Montana lawmakers said at the opening of the legislative session Monday that they will work together and show respect for one another during the 2015 legislative session after a contentious session in 2013. House Republicans and Democrats... Full story

 
 By Tim Leeds    State News    December 24, 2014

Former Havre Police Chief Kevin Olson takes over probation and parole

Department of Corrections director Mike Batista announced Monday in a press release that former Havre Police Chief Kevin Olson has joined the department as administrator of the Probation and Parole division. Olson, who was appointed Havre police...

 
 State News    December 18, 2014

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

HOLBROOK MOHR GARANCE BURKE Associated Press BUTTE - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten,... Full story

 
 State News    December 16, 2014

FWP to push for higher license fees

BOZEMAN (AP) — Increasing license fees is a priority for the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department in the upcoming legislative session, agency Director Jeff Hagener said. On Monday night, legislators, administrators and sportsmen met to... Full story

 
 State News    December 16, 2014

30 empty BNSF car derail near Missoula

MISSOULA (AP) — Thirty empty Montana Rail Link rail cars have derailed in Missoula. Montana Rail Link says there were no injuries and no hazardous material involved. Mainline rail service has not been interrupted. Officials say the derailment... Full story

 
 State News    December 15, 2014

Oil-patch worker gets 80 years in Sidney teacher'smurder

BILLINGS (AP) - A Colorado man was sentenced Monday to 80 years in prison for killing a Montana teacher in a case that emerged as a chilling example of the social changes brought by the Northern Plain... Full story

 

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