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 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

 State News    December 15, 2014

Defense rests in German exchange student shooting

MISSOULA (AP) — The defense rested its case Monday in the murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student inside the man's garage. Markus Kaarma fired four shots into his garage early April 27, killing 17-year-old Diren... Full story

 State News    December 4, 2014

MSU student injured in dorm room explosion

BOZEMAN (AP) — A Montana State University student was hospitalized with burns over more than half his body after an explosion in his dorm room. University spokesman Tracy Ellig tells The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/15RRJFD ) the student... Full story

 State News    December 3, 2014

Stockgrowers convention to feature governor and cattlemen's colleges

From Montana Stockgrowers During next week’s 130th Annual Convention of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, ranchers will have the opportunity to attend several Cattlemen’s College education workshops, ranging from animal reproduction and... Full story

 State News    November 28, 2014

Outside spending tops $1.3M in Montana court race

HELENA -— Outside groups poured at least $1.36 million in a Montana Supreme Court race that was supposed to be nonpartisan, demonstrating how increased political spending by interest groups has spilled over to down-ticket races. A group backed by... Full story

 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


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