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 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 10/27/2016

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 10/27/2016

 By MATT VOLZ    Local

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... — Updated 10/26/2016

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 10/26/2016

 By Matt Volz    Local

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. T... — Updated 10/24/2016

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 10/24/2016

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 10/20/2016

 By MATT VOLZ    State News

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... — Updated 9/21/2016

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 5/22/2016

 By MATT VOLZ    Local

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... — Updated 4/12/2016 Full story

 By MATT VOLZ    Local

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.... — Updated 4/2/2016 Full story

 By MATT VOLZ    State News

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... — Updated 11/2/2015

 By MATT VOLZ    State News

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... — Updated 10/22/2015

 By MATT VOLZ    Local

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... — Updated 8/29/2015

 By l MATT VOLZ    State News

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... — Updated 8/1/2015

 By MATT VOLZ    State News

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... — Updated 7/25/2015

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 7/16/2015

 By Matt Volz    Local

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... — Updated 6/24/2015

 By MATT VOLZ    Local

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... — Updated 6/23/2015


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... — Updated 11/2/2014 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 Jus... — Updated 10/25/2014 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... — Updated 9/9/2014 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,... — Updated 8/27/2014 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 plagi... — Updated 8/16/2014 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... — Updated 8/6/2014


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