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 State News    November 18, 2014

Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

BILLINGS (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sought to enlist the business community to help him promote to skeptical lawmakers a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana. Doubtful lawmake... Full story

 State News    November 17, 2014

Board approves standards for Early Edge pre-K education

Staff and wire report The Montana Board of Public Education approved Friday standards that will be a part of Gov. Steve Bullock’s Early Edge plan, if legislature approves the funding for it in 2015. According to a press release from the...

 By John Paul Schmidt    State News    November 17, 2014

Rocky Boy election hearing is Dec. 16

The Chippewa Cree Tribal Courts set Dec. 16 as the date for the hearing of Jonathan Windy Boy’s injunction. Windy Boy filed the injunction with the court after the election board for Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation Business Committee rejected his... Full story

 State News    November 17, 2014

Suspect in German student death had criminal past

MISSOULA (AP) — A man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula. Court records show Markus Kaarma pleaded guilty in 2003 to an assault charge in Seattle Municipal Court... Full story

 State News    November 14, 2014

Judge vacates hearing on same-sex marriage

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A federal judge has vacated a hearing scheduled for next week in Great Falls to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage. The four gay couples who sued to overturn the ban along with Attorney General... Full story

 State News    November 14, 2014

House Republican Caucus holds after-hours meeting

HELENA (AP) — Republican members of the Montana House have held a caucus meeting after-hours and away from the Capitol. The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/11oigIQ) that about 50 Republican lawmakers met late Thursday in the... Full story

 State News    November 13, 2014

Groups announce inaugural Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame awards ceremony

Special to the Daily News HELENA — Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation and several other co-sponsoring conservation and historical organizations are about to announce the first round of inductees into the newly formed Montana Outdoor Hall of...

 State News    November 12, 2014

State anniversary contest to award vintage highway signs

Special to the Daily News HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Commerce are celebrating 125 years of statehood by giving residents a chance to own an iconic piece of Montana...

 State News    November 7, 2014

Deal reached for Montana state worker raises

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock's administration and three public employee unions have agreed to give most state employees raises next year and the year after. The increases of 50 cents an hour would take effect in October 2015 and October 2016.... Full story

 State News    November 7, 2014

Montana gay-marriage proponents optimistic

BOZEMAN (AP) — Advocates of same-sex marriage predict gay marriage soon will be a reality in Montana. Four gay couples filed suit in May seeking the right to marry in Montana. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is scheduled to hear arguments in that... Full story

 State News    November 7, 2014

Tester talks campaign finance reform at Harvard

HELENA (AP) — Montana Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has taken his campaign for campaign finance reform to Harvard Law School. He told a group of law professors and federal election officials there Friday that big money and a wealthy few are... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    October 31, 2014

Tester, Bullock lend star power in final push

HELENA — U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis hasn't had much time to introduce herself to Montana voters since becoming the Democratic nominee in August, but she's getting a boost from the party's biggest names in the final days before Tuesday's... Full story

 State News    October 28, 2014

Apology letter to be issued over election mailers

HELENA (AP) — The presidents of Stanford University and Dartmouth College are sending 100,000 letters to Montana residents apologizing for and disavowing election mailers sent by political science researchers. The mailers sent last week rate... Full story

 State News    October 22, 2014

Colorado man pleads guilty to oil patch murder

SIDNEY — A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime. Montana District Judge Richard Simonton accepted Michael Keith Spell's... Full story

 State News    October 17, 2014

University of Montana Western hires chancellor

BUTTE (AP) — University of Montana Western officials say the provost of Southwest Minnesota State University has been hired as the Dillon school's chancellor. The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/11LCN9U) Beth Weatherby will begin her new... Full story

 By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press    State News    October 17, 2014

CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

HELENA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis has posted her first and perhaps only television ad, a major accomplishment for a candidate who entered the race in mid-August with no money. The ad features Curtis meeting with Montanans... Full story

 State News    October 13, 2014

Bullock proposes early childhood education program

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock is proposing a $37 million early childhood education program that would make half-day, pre-kindergarten programs available to 4-year-olds. Bullock was in Billings Monday to talk about Early Edge Montana. Under the... Full story

 State News    October 6, 2014

Polson newspaper editor arrested at crash scene

KALISPELL (AP) — Authorities arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper in Polson while he was taking photographs at the scene of a non-fatal highway crash in Montana. Vince Lovato, 53, was accused of interfering with the investigation of a head-on... Full story

 State News    October 6, 2014

Montana's gay marriage decision could come sooner

HELENA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's denial of five states' appeals against gay marriage is a good sign for those challenging marriage bans in other states, such as Montana, according to an official with the Montana ACLU. The organization's... Full story

 State News    October 3, 2014

Lewis, Zinke debate with absentee voting to begin

BOZEMAN (AP) — Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke debated topics from health care to U.S. intervention in Iraq in a meeting Saturday that turned edgy as each candidate looks to set himself apart with absentee voting about to begin in... Full story

 State News    October 2, 2014

Walk to defeat ALS is this weekend in Missoula

MISSOULA — The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter’s 8th annual Missoula Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at McCormick Park in Missoula on Saturday. Pam Hillery and Brendan Brady, two Havre people with ALS, will be participating with their famili...

 State News    September 26, 2014

Teacher gets 10 years prison in student rape

BILLINGS (AP) —A Montana teacher was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison in a notorious student rape case that dragged on for years and led to the censure of a judge who partially blamed the victim. Stacey Dean Rambold, 55, was resentenced by a... Full story

 State News    September 26, 2014

-Driver accused of abandoning chicken truck found

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in Idaho have arrested the driver thought to have abandoned a trailer containing 37,000 pounds of rotten chicken at a western Montana truck stop. The Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force in Meridian found Christopher... Full story

 State News    September 26, 2014

Commissioner rules for Fox in campaign complaint

HELENA (AP) — The Montana commissioner of political practices has dismissed a citizen's complaint that Attorney General Tim Fox improperly accepted $47,000 in excess campaign contributions during his 2012 campaign. Commissioner Jonathan Motl said... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN AP    State News    September 19, 2014

Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs

BILLINGS (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that Montana can meet the Obama administration's goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate the bulk of the state's... Full story


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