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Montana's Gianforte avoids jail time for reporter assault

BOZEMAN (AP) — Montana's next congressman, Greg Gianforte, avoided jail time Monday after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected. Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Rick West sentenced the Republican technology...

 

Reporter alleges GOP House candidate 'body-slammed' him

HELENA (AP)— A reporter said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat "body-slammed" him Wednesday, the day before the special election. Democrats say Republican Greg Ginaforte must quit the race. Democratic Congressional...

 

GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault on reporter

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press BOZEMAN — Today's nationally-watched election for Montana's sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing a...

 

Gianforte loans himself $1M in bid for Montana US House

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — Republican Greg Gianforte loaned himself $1 million to finance his bid for Montana's only seat in the U.S. House, as his Democratic opponent raked in huge sums of cash from small, individual donors...

 

Montana lawmakers adjourn without $80M infrastructure bill

By MATT VOLZ and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA - Dozens of Montana schools that were counting on state funding to replace crumbling roofs and old boilers are out of luck. The same goes fo...

 

State seeks to drop case to put Barry Beach back in prison

HELENA (AP) — State prosecutors decided to drop their attempts to put a convicted murderer who was granted clemency back in prison on Friday, a week after the city of Billings dismissed a misdemeanor charge against him. Assistant Attorney General...

 

Congressional candidate campaigns by staying out of sight

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — In his unsuccessful bid to be elected as Montana's governor last year, Republican Greg Gianforte convened town halls, held press conferences and publicized his travels. Months later, he has shifted...

 

Governor uses veto pen to push mail-only voting

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock revived debate over mail-only voting today when he used his veto power to rewrite a routine bill to allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail. The...

 

Windy Boy suicide prevention bill passes second reading

Staff and wire report Legislation sponsored by a Rocky Boy legislator aimed at reducing the number of suicides by youth in Montana could soon head to the governor's desk for his signature. The state...

 

Mail ballot bill tabled

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — Montana House Democrats failed to win committee approval Wednesday for a measure that would allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail. The legislation is a priority among...

 

Trump administration cans Montana U.S. Attorney Cotter

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — Montana U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter said Friday that he was shocked by the unprofessional manner in which he and 45 other Obama appointees were asked to turn in their resignations by the end of the day. Cotter...

 

Montana budget panel rescinds some cuts for higher education

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — A Montana budget committee rescinded Friday more than $11 million in spending cuts for higher education that could have meant a steep rise in tuition at university campuses. The action by the House Ap...

 

Party chair mail ballot 'warning' draws ire from Republican election officials

Havre Daily News staff Republican election officials sent out a press release protesting a release from the state chair of their own party in which he said mail ballots for a one-time special election would hurt Republicans in that and future...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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