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 By Matt Volz    Local    October 27, 2016

Montana official calls election rigging a conspiracy theory

MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA - The idea that next month's elections could be rigged is a conspiracy theory comparable to the U.S. government hiding aliens in Rowell, New Mexico, Elvis Presley...

 By Matt Volz    Local    October 27, 2016

Montana House race contrast: Navy SEAL vs longtime educator

MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS - A decorated combat veteran warning about the threat of ISIS in America is being challenged for his U.S. House seat by a longtime educator who would become...

 By MATT VOLZ    Local    October 26, 2016

National group spends $528K to defeat brain research measure

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Education Association is spending $528,000 to defeat a Montana ballot initiative that would authorize the state to issue $200 million in bonds over the next decade for research into brain injuries and illnesses....

 By Matt Volz    Local    October 25, 2016

GOP candidate sinks $5.1M into Montana governor's race

Matt Volz Associated Press HELENA — Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte has now spent more than $5.1 million of his own money to fuel his campaign against Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, while the Bullock-backing Democratic Governors Association poured...

 By Matt Volz    Local    October 24, 2016

Secretary of state: Voters should handle ballots themselves

HELENA — Montana’s secretary of state, responding to complaints of people offering to deliver voters’ absentee ballots for them, said Friday that residents should mail in or hand their ballots directly to their election office unless they know...

 By Matt Volz    Local    October 24, 2016

Crow and Montana settle dispute over taxing tribal coal

HELENA — The Crow Nation and the state have settled nearly four decades of litigation over whether Montana can tax coal owned by the tribe, with the state to pay $15 million if the tribe gives up claims on past taxes collected. The dispute, which b...

 By Matt Volz    Local    October 20, 2016

Dinosaurs roar into Montana governor's race with new ad

HELENA — Dinosaurs have roared into Montana’s race for governor with a renowned paleontologist who consulted with Steven Spielberg on the “Jurassic Park” movies saying the Republican candidate would spend taxpayer money on private schools...


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...

 By Matt Volz    Local    May 20, 2016

Judge rejects tribal immunity in Plain Green case

HELENA (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont has rejected Montana tribal officials' claims of sovereign immunity and said that he will hear a civil case alleging the tribe's online payday lending company illegally preys on poor borrowers. U.S....

 By MATT VOLZ    Local    April 12, 2016

Encore, ex-partner in Rocky Boy lending company, is indicted

HELENA (AP) — A grand jury has charged a former business partner of Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe with conspiring with tribal officials to skim millions of dollars from the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation's successful online payday lending company. En... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ    Local    April 1, 2016

Jury: Wittich coordinated with dark-money group

HELENA . (AP) — A jury found Friday that a Montana lawmaker coordinated with and received services from conservative corporate groups in violation of state campaign laws, a ruling that could lead to his removal from office. Rep. Art Wittich,... Full story


Federal health officials OK Montana Medicaid waiver

HELENA — Montana will become the 30th state to expand its Medicaid program after federal health officials on Monday approved provisions that include requiring beneficiaries to pay premiums that amount to 2 percent of their income. Gov. Steve...


Juneau may challenge Zinke for House seat

HELENA — Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is considering challenging U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke for Montana's U.S. House seat next year, a spokeswoman for the Democrat said Wednesday. Juneau, 48, has been the state's public schools...

 By MATT VOLZ    Local    August 28, 2015

Rocky Boy probe to expand to Nevada

HELENA (AP) — A criminal investigation into the former leaders of the Chippewa Cree Tribe's online lending operations now includes a Nevada company the tribe partnered with in its first attempt to offer payday loans. The tribe and the leaders of...


Man accused of shooting family recently released from jai

HELENA (AP) - An 18-year-old man accused of shooting a family that stopped to help him on a Montana roadside was released from a Wyoming jail two weeks earlier while facing unrelated burglary and...

 By MATT VOLZ    State News    July 24, 2015

Tourists worried about fire nix Glacier National Park trips

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hotels and campgrounds in Glacier National Park are flooded with calls from worried tourists canceling their reservations or asking whether the Montana landmark will stay open as a wildfire sweeps through a popular part of the...

 By Matt Volz    Local    July 15, 2015

Plain Green officers claim tribal immunity from lawsuits

HELENA (AP) — Three leaders of an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe are claiming tribal immunity in asking a Vermont judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges they are predatory lenders who are breaking federal and state...

 By Matt Volz    Local    June 24, 2015

Shad Huston hit with more charges in Rocky Boy probeprobe

HELENA (AP) — A new criminal indictment charges a businessman with bribing the head of the Chippewa Cree tribe's roads department and overcharging for the work his company did as part of a $10.6 million federal stimulus grant to the tribe. The...

 By MATT VOLZ    Local    June 22, 2015

Feds expand review of Chippewa Cree aid mismanagement

HELENA, (AP) — U.S. government auditors are expanding their review of federal disaster aid mismanagement by the Chippewa Cree Tribe after finding fraud, waste and abuse in a project to demolish the Montana tribe's health clinic that was destroyed...


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


Colleague questions candidate's skills for court

HELENA — A former co-worker of Montana Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke is questioning whether the ex-solicitor general has the experience and temperament for a seat on the state's highest court. Montana Department of Justice Civil Division... Full story


Lawsuit slams ex-Plain Green execs

Correction: HELENA (AP) — In a story Sept. 8 about tribal payday lending, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much revenue from the Chippewa Cree tribe's online lending company was received by three tribal members. It was 7 percent, not... Full story


Judge rejects Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA (AP) — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office. Sen. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, made the... Full story


Dems tap Curtis for senate seat

HELENA (AP) - Montana Democrats selected a little-known state legislator named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for the U.S. Senate race after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations f... Full story


Walsh mum on whether he's leaving race

HELENA (AP) — Sen. John Walsh was taking personal time at his Helena home as his campaign canceled events and avoided questions about whether the Montana Democrat plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a...


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