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 State News    April 17, 2015 

George Winston to play benefit in Bozeman

From Hopa Mountain George Winston, one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world, will be playing a benefit concert Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Cultural Center’s Crawford Theater in support of Hopa Mountain, a Bozeman-based...

 
 State News    April 10, 2015

Montana senators endorse two-year state budget compromise

ALISON NOON Associated Press HELENA - Montana senators endorsed a two-year state budget proposal Thursday, but chamber leaders are not optimistic that the state House will pass the plan. Members of...

 
 State News    April 10, 2015

House endorses compromise Medicaid expansion bill

LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA - After a hard-fought battle to get the last-standing bill to expand the Medicaid program to the floor, the Montana House of Representatives gave it an initial gre...

 
 By ALISON NOON    State News    April 10, 2015

Update: Both sides speak at water compact hearing

HELENA (AP) - A House panel has listened to five hours of testimony on a proposed water deal concerning the Flathead Reservation and will continue the public hearing into Saturday evening. Proponents...

 
 State News    April 9, 2015

Montana Department of Revenue expands service as tax deadline approaches

From Montana Department of Revenue HELENA — The Montana Department of Revenue is offering expanded hours at its call center to assist taxpayers during the days before the April 15 deadline for filing income tax returns. Taxpayers who need...

 
 State News    April 9, 2015

Flags to be flown at half-staff

Gpv. Steve Bullock has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday as former Gov. Tim Babcock will lie in state at the state Capitol. ....

 
 State News    April 8, 2015

Carol Gutierrez

Carol Gutierrez, 75, proud member of Rocky Boy Reservation, passed away at Northern Montana Care Center on April 8, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Wake services began at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015, and will continue until her funeral...

 
 State News    April 3, 2015

Montana Highway Patrol settles racial profiling lawsuit

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Highway Patrol reached a settlement Friday with plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming the patrol improperly detained Hispanic drivers over unfounded concerns they were in the country illegally. Attorney General Tim Fox,...

 
 State News    April 3, 2015

4 MSU students plead not guilty to drug charges

BOZEMAN (AP) — Four Montana State University students have entered not guilty pleas to drug distribution charges. The four are the first of nine students to make their initial court appearance on charges of possessing, distributing and...

 
 State News    April 2, 2015

Senate panel adds millions, passes main budget bill 

LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA - A Republican-led Senate panel passed the state's main budget bill Wednesday after adding about $50 million in funding through a deal negotiated with the...

 
 State News    April 2, 2015

Man pleads guilty to vandalizing Kalispell clinic

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Columbia Falls man said he was intoxicated and looking for drugs, not making an anti-abortion statement, when he broke into a Kalispell clinic last year, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Zachary Klundt, 25, pleaded...

 
 State News    April 2, 2015

Bullock vetoes 6 bills so far this session

HELENA (AP) — With two-thirds of the 2015 session complete, Montana's Democratic governor has disagreed with relatively few bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. As of Thursday, Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed six Republican bills,...

 
 State News    April 1, 2015

Senate panel adds millions to main budget bill

HELENA (AP) — A Senate panel considering Montana's main budget bill was adding millions of dollars to it in an effort to avoid state employee furloughs and layoffs The Senate Finance and Claims Committee passed a slew of amendments to House Bill 2...

 
 State News    April 1, 2015

Legislature passes school suicide prevention training

Sens. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, and Kris Hansen, R-Havre, voted for the measure,. Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey, voted no. HELENA (AP) — The Montana Legislature has passed a measure urging school employees to complete suicide awareness and...

 
 State News    March 31, 2015

Montana lawmakers consider referendum revising term limits

HELENA (AP) — Hours ahead of a referendum deadline, Montana representatives on Tuesday considered the latest of the 2015 Legislature's proposals to revise term limits. Members of the House State Administration Committee took no immediate action...

 
 State News    March 31, 2015

VA Secretary tells Montana veterans: We need to do more

HELENA (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told veterans in Helena the VA needs to do more to make sure Montana veterans get the health care they need in a timely fashion. McDonald says the VA has made hires in Billings and Helena...

 
 State News    March 27, 2015

Senate endorses compromise Medicaid expansion plan

Sen. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, voted no; Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, voted yes. HELENA (AP) — Montana Senators have endorsed a Republican's compromise Medicaid expansion bill after voting to blast it out of committee and onto the floor....

 
 State News    March 27, 2015

Montana House endorses proposed personhood constitutional amendment

Reps. Mike Lang, R-Malta, Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, Roy Hollandsworth, R-Brady, and Rep. G. Bruce Meyers, R-Box Elder, voted yes. HELENA (AP) — The Montana House has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment bill that would define human life as...

 
 State News    March 27, 2015

Senators endorse bill to close Boulder developmental center

Sen. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, voted for the closure. Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, voted no. HELENA (AP) — State senators have endorsed a plan to close over the next two years the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder. By a vote of 41-8,...

 
 By ALISON NOON    State News    March 27, 2015

Montana House narrowly defeats 'religious freedom' bill

Rep. Roy Hollandsworth voted no. Reps. Mike Lang, Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, and G. Bruce Meyers, R=Box Elder HELENA (AP) — The Montana Legislature turned away a proposed referendum Friday that if enacted by voters would have given people grounds to...

 
 State News    March 27, 2015

House denies consideration of state employee pay plan

(Rep. Roy Hollandsworth, R-Brady,. voted in favor of moving ahead with the pay plan.. Reps.. Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, Mike Lang. R-Malta, and G. Bruce Meyes, R-Box Elder, voted no. HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Representatives have failed to take up pay rai...

 
 State News    March 26, 2015

Supreme Court upholds $150K restitution in securities fraud

HAMILTON (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a $150,000 restitution award in a securities fraud case against a Hamilton pastor, but reversed his conviction for fraudulent practices and sent the case back to District Court for a new trial....

 
 State News    March 26, 2015

Senate blasts Medicaid expansion bill to floor for debate

HELENA (AP) — Senators have voted to blast a Republican lawmaker's Medicaid expansion bill out of committee and to the floor for debate. The motion passed by a 28-22 vote on Thursday. Sen. Ed Buttrey of Great Falls introduced Senate Bill 405 last...

 
 By LISA BAUMANN    State News    March 23, 2015

Barry Beachman convicted in '79 killing

HELENA (AP) — A bill signed by Montana's governor could pave the way to clemency for Barry Beach, who is serving a 100-year prison sentence for a 1979 murder he says he didn't commit. Gov. Steve Bullock signed the measure Friday after it passed...

 
 State News    March 20, 2015

House defeats partial Medicaid-expansion bill

The Hi-Line delegation: Rep. Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, Rep. Bruce Meters, R-Box Elder, Rep. Mike Long, R-Malta, voted for the patrial bill. Rep. Roy Hollandsworth, R-Brady, voted yes. HELENA (AP) — The House of Representatives has narrowly rejected...

 

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