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 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 State News    July 30, 2015

Government finds health reform co-ops awash in red ink

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law’s public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. Under Pres...

 
 State News    July 24, 2015

Helena man files for governor after horse business fails

HELENA (AP) — A Helena man has filed to run for Montana governor in 2016. Casey Filler says he entered the race Monday after his horse-riding business went under this year. The 49-year-old Filler says he wants to aid small businesses and downsize...

 
 By MATT VOLZ    State News    July 24, 2015

Tourists worried about fire nix Glacier National Park trips

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hotels and campgrounds in Glacier National Park are flooded with calls from worried tourists canceling their reservations or asking whether the Montana landmark will stay open as a wildfire sweeps through a popular part of the...

 
 State News    July 24, 2015

Hailstorms cause millions in damage to wheat, grain crops

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Farmers are harvesting what remains of their winter wheat after hailstorms in a northern Montana county earlier this month destroyed an estimated $7.5 million in crops. The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1Ko6nDM)...

 
 State News    July 23, 2015

Wildfire sends campers fleeing Glacier National Park

MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA - A wildfire driven by gusting winds swept down Glacier National Park's most popular roadway toward a small community at the park's eastern entrance, sending...

 
 State News    July 22, 2015

Wildfire closes popular Glacier Park roadway

MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA - Wildfires in Montana have forced the closure of Glacier National Park's most popular roadway and prompted the evacuation of homes in the central part of the state....

 
 State News    July 22, 2015

PSC to sue CenturyLink for slow response times

ALISON NOON Associated Press HELENA — Montana’s Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to sue CenturyLink for failing to promptly restore out-of-service landlines. The five-member panel voted unanimously to file a lawsuit in a Montana district...

 
 State News    June 19, 2015

Missoula center pleased with Rankin's $10 bill nomination

MISSOULA . (AP) — The suggestion by Sen. Steve Daines that the U.S. Treasury put the face of Jeannette Rankin on the $10 bill is being welcomed by advocates of the nation's first female congresswoman. Betsy Mulligan-Dague, director of the Jeannette...

 
 State News    June 5, 2015


Flooding in parts of eastern and southeastern Montana

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Heavy rainfall has caused some flash flooding in parts of Wibaux, Prairie and Dawson counties in eastern Montana. The National Weather Service reported low land flooding along rivers and streams in the Yellowstone River...

 
 State News    June 5, 2015

Student sues MSU, says school negligent in sex offender hire

BOZEMAN AP) — A former student is suing Montana State University for hiring a convicted sex offender as a music professor, saying the school's negligence allowed Shuichi Komiyama to manipulate and rape her. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports...

 
 State News    June 3, 2015

Gianforte considering run for governor's office

ALISON NOON Associated Press HELENA - Technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte said Tuesday he is considering running for Montana governor in 2016, confirming for the first time widespread speculation...

 
 State News    May 29, 2015

Bullock appoints 5 to Medicaid expansion panel

HELENA (AP) — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's appointments to a Medicaid expansion panel include a spot for the Republican sponsor of the new law. Bullock's office announced Friday the appointments of two hospital representatives, two state...

 
 State News    May 29, 2015

Montana health insurers say marketplace rate hikes likely

HELENA (AP) — Health insurers selling individual policies on Montana's Affordable Care Act marketplace say rate increases are likely next year. The Missoulian (http://tinyurl.com/o2ww2nb ) reports companies are now filing requests for higher...

 
 State News    May 13, 2015

Church says fired pregnant teacher can't sue for discrimination

MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — A Montana Catholic schoolteacher fired for having a baby out of wedlock can’t sue because she led her classes in prayer and participated in other religious activities that prevent her from filing a...

 
 State News    April 27, 2015

Senate confirms Motl as political practices commissioner

HELENA - Montana senators confirmed Jonathan Motl Friday as the state's commissioner of political practices. Eight Republicans joined all 21 Senate Democrats in a 29-21 vote to confirm Democratic...

 
 State News    April 27, 2015

House continues to wrangle with infrastructure bill

LISA BAUMANN Associated Press HELENA — Lawmakers in the House are wrestling with a $150 million state infrastructure bill that’s keeping them from ending the legislative session. Representatives defeated Senate Bill 416 twice Saturday morning wit...

 
 State News    April 24, 2015

Senate confirms Motl as political practices commissioner

HELENA (AP) — Montana senators confirmed Jonathan Motl as the state's commissioner of political practices on Friday. Eight Republicans joined all 21 Senate Democrats in a 29-21 vote to confirm Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's appointment. Motl's...

 

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