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Zinke reaps benefits of super PAC he founded

HELENA — A U.S. House candidate in Montana is benefiting from a political action committee he created, leading at least one opponent and some experts to question the legality of the peculiar arrangement. Ryan Zinke, a former... — Updated 2/16/2014


Montana urged to boost background check reporting

HELENA (AP) — The father of a victim in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings urged Montana lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation requiring the state to turn over records that would help prevent the mentally ill from buying guns. A... — Updated 2/13/2014


Montana Supreme Court allows voter registration referendum

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court says a legislative referendum to end Election-Day voter registration can go on the 2014 ballot. But the justices ruled in a 5-1 decision Wednesday the attorney general's office must first... — Updated 2/5/2014


Senate president to ask Jason Priest to 'step back'

HELENA (AP) - Montana Senate President Jeff Essmann says he will ask a state senator to step back from his legislative duties after being arrested on allegations of pushing his... — Updated 2/3/2014


Helena Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy protection

HELENA (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena planned to file for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades... — Updated 1/31/2014


ACLU: Untested drugs dangerous in executions

HELENA (AP) — A long execution in Ohio that left the condemned inmate gasping and snorting illustrates the dangers of using untested drug combinations in lethal injections, said a civil-rights group suing Montana over its executi... — Updated 1/20/2014


Judge Cebull sent hundreds of bigoted emails

HELENA, Mont — A former Montana judge who was investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of... — Updated 1/18/2014


13,000 Montanans sign up through federal health site

HELENA — The number of Montanans who signed up for health coverage through the online marketplace that is a key part of President Barack Obama's health overhaul increased nearly tenfold in December, according to new federal... — Updated 1/14/2014


Sentencing set in Blackfeet embezzlement scheme

HELENA (AP) — Prosecutors are recommending no prison time for a Blackfeet woman who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud and embezzle from a federally funded program for troubled youth on the northwestern... — Updated 1/12/2014


Montana high court reverses open-government ruling

HELENA nt. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has reversed an earlier ruling that made it difficult for individuals to file legal challenges against government agencies that ignore Montana's open meetings and open records laws. The... — Updated 1/11/2014


Business equipment tax reduction among new laws

HELENA — An estimated 17,000 small businesses in Montana will be exempt from paying the state's business equipment tax under a new law that takes effect on Wednesday. The reduction in the business equipment tax is one of a... — Updated 12/29/2013


Prosecutors oppose letting off ex-pot lobbyist

HELENA (AP) — Federal prosecutors oppose a former medical marijuana lobbyist's request to be removed from probation so he can tend to his sick mother without restrictions. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thaggard said Thursday in... — Updated 12/27/2013


Baucus' retirement top Mont. story of 2013

HELENA - U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' surprise announcement that he will not seek a seventh term in 2014 was Montana's top news story of 2013, according to The Associated Press' annual... — Updated 12/26/2013


Leaders laud Baucus, avoid queries on replacement

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock joined other Montana political leaders Friday in lauding Max Baucus' 35-year career in the U.S. Senate, but the Democratic governor deflected questions on a possible replacement if Baucus is... — Updated 12/20/2013


Study: Yellowstone magma much bigger than thought

HELENA (AP) — The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St.... — Updated 12/16/2013


Judges from state court to join federal bench

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two judges will be sworn in to the federal bench, easing a shortage on the U.S. District Court of Montana but leaving vacancies in the state's busiest and highest courts that will take at least three months... — Updated 12/16/2013


Update: Trial begins in Montana newlywed killing case

MISSOULA (AP) — Cody Johnson was head over heels for his new wife, but Jordan Graham was having serious doubts that came to a head when Johnson fell to his death during an argument on a steep cliff in Glacier National Park,... — Updated 12/9/2013


Bride goes to trial in Glacier Park newlywed death

HELENA (AP) — The bride was having second thoughts eight days after the wedding, sparking an argument between the newlywed couple that carried from their Kalispell home to a popular trail in Glacier National Park. Only Jordan... — Updated 12/8/2013


Feds, tribes reach deal on Fort Belknap water

HELENA — Environmental regulators have asked a judge to approve an agreement with Fort Belknap Indian Reservation officials to fix years of "chronic violations" in how the reservation's water supply is treated and monitored. The... — Updated 11/23/2013


Helena diocese dropping group insurance plans

HELENA (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is dropping group health insurance plans for its 200 employees in parishes, schools and social services across western Montana, a spokesman for the diocese said. Instead, the dio... — Updated 11/14/2013


212 Montanans sign up through health exchange

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some 212 people in Montana signed up for health insurance in the first month of the U.S. government-run online marketplace that has been plagued by technical problems, federal officials said Wednesday. The U.... — Updated 11/13/2013


Rocky Mountain College student flunk math, sues school

HELENA (AP) — A Rocky Mountain College art student who flunked and dropped math classes required to earn a degree is suing to force the school to allow her to substitute two non-math courses so she can graduate. Hannah Valdez's... — Updated 11/12/2013


Lawyers: Investigators twisted bride's statements

HELENA (AP) — Investigators twisted the statements of a newlywed bride to make it appear as though she deliberately pushed her husband to his death in Glacier National Park, an attorney for the Montana woman claimed. FBI... — Updated 11/11/2013


Lawmakers look at NorthWestern Energy dam purchase

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy officials are saying their planned $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams will mean decades of stable customer rates after an initial increase. NorthWestern CEO Bob Rowe and vice president of... — Updated 11/8/2013


Augare pleads guilty in federal court to DUI

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Blackfeet tribal leader and state Sen. Shannon Augare has pleaded guilty in federal court to misdemeanor charges after he fled a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for drunken driving. Augare entered the plea... — Updated 11/7/2013


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