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 By AP    Local    July 15, 2016

Zinke resigns delegate position at Republican convention

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., has resigned as a delegate to the Republican National Convention over the GOP's position on the transfer of federal lands to states. Zinke told The (Billings) Gazette that he still plans to give a speech Monday to the...

 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,... Full story

 By AP    Local    July 1, 2016

Ex-Chippewa Cree tribal council member admits to fraud, theft

GREAT FALLS — A former member of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Council has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the tribe and failing to pay income taxes for several years. The plea agreement calls for Brian Kelly Eagleman to pay $683,000 in... Full story

 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...

 By AP    Local    April 28, 2016

Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies

HELENA — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81. Burns died of natural causes at his home in B...

 By AP    Local    April 27, 2016

Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies; influenced energy policy

HELENA (AP) — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, has died. He was 81 Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff... Full story

 By AP    Local    July 17, 2015

35,000 gallons of oil spills after Culbertson train derailment

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the...


Pats Back on Top

BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ten years removed from his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn't letting this one slip away. Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an...


Rep. Mile Miller settles in campaign finance case

HELENA — A Republican state lawmaker has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine and not run for public officer for four years to settle a lawsuit that accuses him of breaking campaign finance laws. The agreement with Rep. Mike Miller of Helmville was filed... Full story

 By AP    State News    January 23, 2015

Bill would close loophole in Montana media shield law

HELENA — Montana government agencies would be barred from going after a reporter's sources or information through companies like Google under legislation proposed in a House committee Thursday. Republican Rep. Daniel Zolnikov of Billings... Full story


Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Glendive oil spill

ILLINGS — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. The order comes after Bridger Pipeline... Full story


Gov. introduces proposal for Medicaid expansion 

HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's latest plan to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage has been formally introduced. Bullock announced the measure called the Healthy Montana Plan with sponsor Rep. Pat Noonan at the Capitol on... Full story


Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

BILLINGS — Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled about 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. The Bridger... Full story


Parties pledge cooperation as Montana Legislature convenes

HELENA — Montana lawmakers said at the opening of the legislative session Monday that they will work together and show respect for one another during the 2015 legislative session after a contentious session in 2013. House Republicans and Democrats... Full story


Chippewa Cree paying up front for pipeline

GREAT FALLS (AP) — The Chippewa Cree Tribe is being required to pay up front for work on a $361 million water project after several tribal officials and companies were convicted on corruption charges related to the project, according to a federal... Full story


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

 By AP    State News    September 15, 2014

US may work with Iran against terrorists

PARIS — Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants “by any means necessary” as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary. Iran and the United States ruled out coordinating with each...

 By AP    State News    September 15, 2014

Daines seeks to woo Indian Country voters

HELENA - A delegation from Montana's Crow Tribe met with Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer back in March to present him with a resolution affirming Israel's right to exist and offer support from one...

 By AP    State News    September 12, 2014

Update: Box Elder man charged in BLM fraud

2 former BLM employees charged with fraud BILLINGS (AP) — Two former Bureau of Land Management employees in Virginia are charged with defrauding the government, one by abandoning his federal job and returning to Montana to work for the Chippewa... Full story


Agreement ends 2-year sex-assault probe in Montana

HELENA — A Montana county attorney's office will change the way it responds to reports of sexual assaults under an agreement announced Tuesday that ends a federal investigation into whether gender bias played a role in deciding whether to... Full story


GOP candidates for US House debate economy

HELENA — Republican candidates for Montana's open U.S. House seat took shots at one another Wednesday over their positions on abortion, gun rights, spending and health care in the final debate before Tuesday's primary elections. Many of the barbs... Full story


Sage grouse hunt in doubt as decline continues

BILLINGS (AP) - Montana is joining North Dakota and South Dakota as states that plan to curtail sage grouse hunting in response to a continued decline in the game bird's population. Montana wildlife... Full story


Vigil held for slain exchange student

MISSOULA (AP) — More than 100 people carrying candles held a vigil Friday in the Montana city where a 17-year-old German exchange student was gunned down in a homeowner's garage. The gathering for Diren Dede brought scores of people to the Fort... Full story


German consulate seeks justice for slain student

MISSOULA (AP) — The German consulate called for justice Wednesday after a homeowner fired four blasts from a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old exchange student who was inside. The investigation into the killing of Diren Dede of... Full story


Judge: Blaine County Indian voting case can proceed

PORTLAND, Ore. — A voting rights lawsuit from members of three American Indian tribes in Montana — including tribes at Fort Belknap in Blaine County — will go forward after a federal judge rejected attempts by state and county officials to... Full story


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