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Regents weigh impact of budget cuts

The Montana Board of Regents put a framework in place Thursday that would allow for cuts of up to 5 percent in the university system, the first of the state agencies to publicly heed the governor's request to do so. The board... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

Montana regents eye budget cuts up to 5 percent

The Board of Regents will evaluate budget cuts of up to 5 percent for the state's colleges and universities at a meeting this week. The regents have decided to join other state agencies that are drafting the proposed budget cuts fo... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

Both sides talk changes to medical marijuana law

Medical marijuana advocates and opponents worked Wednesday to reach an agreement on fixing a law that has come under heavy scrutiny — even as a new initiative was in the works to repeal the measure altogether. A ballot... — Updated ERROR

 

Rehberg could support phased-in wilderness plan

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg said Monday that he could support U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's plan to expand wilderness and increase logging - but only with more assurances that the logging will occur. Rehberg, who has held 22 meetings on the... — Updated ERROR

 

Rehberg could support phased-in wilderness plan

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg said Monday that he could support U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's plan to expand wilderness and increase logging - but only with more assurances that the logging will occur. Rehberg, who has held 22 meetings on the... — Updated ERROR

 

Caught after 38 years

A hitchhiker originally sentenced to be executed for the 1951 killing of a Montana man who picked him up during a blizzard has been found running a wedding chapel under an assumed name in Arizona 38 years after he skipped out on... — Updated ERROR

 

3 initiatives on Montana ballot in Nov.

The state said Monday that three proposed initiatives received enough signatures of support from voters to qualify for the November ballot. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said a fourth initiat ive, the cons t i tut ional l y... — Updated ERROR

 

Union: No more pay freezes for state employees

A key union leader for Montana state and university employees says he will not bargain another salary freeze with the governor — drawing a line in the sand amid what is expected to be a very tight budget process. The gove rno r... — Updated ERROR

 

Brady Center joins fight over gun rights

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is joining the federal government's fight to stop states that want to exempt themselves from national gun control laws, arguing the effort threatens public safety. The gun control advocates... — Updated ERROR

 

Coal lease wins in split vote

Mo n t a n a accepted Thursday a mining giant's $86 million bid for the rights to a vast tract holding a half-billion tons of state-owned coal — but not before environmentalist protesters briefly shut down the hearing and... — Updated ERROR

 

Tester offers changes to Forest Bill

U. S. Sen. Jon Tester released some changes Thursday to his logging and wilderness bill, beating back a Washington, D.C.- based rewrite of the carefully crafted Montana compromise. Tester said the bill would die without the... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

State will buy land with PPL money

The Montana Land Board endorsed a plan Monday to use roughly $40 million from a settlement with PPL Montana to buy more state land, over the objections of some lawmakers who say only the Legislature can make such a move. The money... — Updated ERROR

 

AP Interview: Fugitive hid 40 years in plain sight

The aging Frank Dryman, a notorious killer from Montana's past, had hidden in plain sight for so long that he forgot he was a wanted man. In an exclusive jailhouse interview with The Associated Press, Dryman detailed how he... — Updated ERROR

 

Helena sex ed proposal sees opposition

A proposed sex education program that teaches fifth-graders the different ways people have intercourse and first-graders about gay love has infuriated parents and forced the school board to take a closer look at the issue. Helena... — Updated ERROR

 

Schweitzer seeks public

Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Wednesday he wants ideas from the public on how the state can save money without reducing services, and he promises to implement the plan that gets the most votes. Schweitzer said ideas will be collected... — Updated ERROR

 

Bison roundup

Montana livestock agents are on track to push several hundred bison back into Yellowstone National Park by a Saturday deadline, despite the objections of advocates who want the bison left to roam outside the park. Workers are... — Updated ERROR

 

Advocates contend at hearing: At least one assisted suicide in Montana

Doctors in Montana have helped at least one patient commit suicide since a state court ruled late last year it wasn't illegal, advocates said Friday, but authorities have no way of knowing how many others there may be, who is... — Updated ERROR

 

Gov.: Change needed in marijuana law

Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Thursday that legalization of medical marijuana has not worked out as voters planned and that the state needs a legislative fix. The medical marijuana law, passed with a 2004 ballot initiative, has... — Updated ERROR

 

Dry western Mont. Could see big fires

A new report shows that western Montana's forests are seeing near-record dry conditions so far this year — exactly 100 years after the Great Fire of 1910. The annual drought report, delivered to the governor Friday, warned that... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

Baucus buys ads defending health vote

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is not shying away from his role in health care reform in a new television commercial airing in Montana. In the spot to start running Friday, Baucus acknowledges the legislation he played a big role in... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

AP prevails in records lawsuit

A state agency that sued The Associated Press over a request to see documents on alleged sexual misconduct of prison employees must hand over the records, a Helena judge decided in the constitutional right-to-know case. The issue... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

Governor asks agencies to plan for cuts

State budget cuts could be getting far more severe following an order Tuesday from the governor that agencies prepare contingency plans for 5 percent spending reductions, a move that surprised legislative leaders who were not told... — Updated ERROR

 

Montana to allow doctor assisted suicide

The Montana Supreme Court said Thursday that nothing in state law prevents patients from seeking physician-assisted suicide, making Montana the third state that will allow the procedure. Patients and doctors had been waiting for... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

Mont. Cracks down on tax cheats, recovers $80M

Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Monday that efforts to track down tax cheats is leading to a big increase in audit collections at the Department of Revenue. Schweitzer said audit collections were close to $80 million over the past year,... — Updated ERROR Full story

 

Governor decries inaction on energy bill

Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Friday that Congress' failure to move energy legislation will slow investment in all types of coal projects — clean or dirty — but won't slow mining for the state's coal needed to supply current... — Updated ERROR

 

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