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Flood damage tally to start; waters high in Glasgow

BILLINGS — Federal emergency officials started arriving Tuesday in Montana to gauge the damage from flooding expected to continue for possibly several more weeks. Rain that had plastered the state for more than a week finally...

 

Health department gets pot card powers June 1

HELENA — The second phase of Montana's new medical marijuana overhaul will go into effect Wednesday, allowing the state health department to issue pot cards under new regulations — but patients are confused about what happens...

 

House backs bill to toughen laws for repeat DUI

House backs bill to toughen laws for repeat DUI STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — A proposal to toughen the penalties against repeat drunk drivers was endorsed by the House Monday, one of a number of measures attempting...

 

Medical marijuana overhaul bill gets first hearing

Medical marijuana overhaul bill gets first hearing STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — A new plan to overhaul Montana's medical marijuana law needs to be improved for it to be a workable plan, both supporters and...

 

Hansen bill to overturn Missoula gay policy on hold

Bill to overturn Missoula gay policy on hold STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — A Republican senator says a measure to overturn a Missoula city ordinance that protects gay people from discrimination lacks support from...

 

Landowners challenge renewable energy projects

CUT BANK — Teepee rings in northwestern Montana are talismans of another time, hundreds of years ago when the Blackfeet Indians roamed the plains. But some of these relics may meet their end if plans are realized to build a $213...

 

Some Republicans now backing health care exchange

Some Republicans now backing health care exchange STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA, — A plan to set up a state-regulated health insurance marketplace is getting a second chance in the Montana Legislature. Republican...

 

Medical marijuana overhaul bill begins taking form

Montana marijuana overhaul begins taking shape STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — A new option to do away with the state's marijuana law and replace it with a new one is taking shape in the Legislature after a proposal to...

 

Montana House OKs concealed carry without permit

Montana House OKs concealed carry without permit STEPHEN DOCKERY Associated Press HELENA, — The state House backed a bill Monday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in urban areas without a permit, giving a victory...

 

Federal agents raid Helena medial pot caregiver

HELENA — Federal enforcement agents raided a Helena medical marijuana provider on Friday, the latest development in a continuing crackdown on pot distributors in the state. Paul Schmidt, the owner of Sleeping Giant Caregivers,...

 

Montana issuing hundreds of pot cards despite law

HELENA — A health department official said Wednesday it's not feasible to stop issuing medical marijuana cards as the state moves to a more restrictive law, so the agency will continue to process hundreds of applications for pot...

 

Lawmakers to decide final marijuana overhaul fate

HELENA — After Republican plans to repeal the state's medical marijuana law went up in smoke last week with the governor's veto, lawmakers have one last chance and just a few days to hash out an overhaul of what's become a boomin...

 

Senate endorses death penalty repeal

Senate endorses death penalty repeal STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — The state Senate has endorsed a bill to repeal the death penalty. Senate Bill 185 sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Wanzenried of Missoula drew...

 

House backs medical marijuana overhaul

HELENA — The House is backing a Senate proposal to overhaul Montana's medical marijuana law after making major changes to the measure. Senate Bill 423 carried by Senate Majority Leader Jeff Essmann is aimed at significantly...

 

Supplies ferried to hundreds stranded by Montana floods

BILLINGS — Emergency workers ferried supplies to more than 300 people cut off Friday by flooding that has overwhelmed Montana towns and caused an estimated $8.6 million in damages to date. Heavy rain and the runoff from record...

 

Eminent domain inaction could delay projects

HELENA — As the legislative session winds down to its final days, Montana lawmakers appear to be no closer to taking action on eminent domain than they were at the beginning, opening the possibility that massive utility line...

 

Marijuana industry looks to stop strict overhaul

HELENA — Medical marijuana supporters are planning to collect signatures for a voter initiative that would block the strict regulations that Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he will allow become law this summer. Meanwhile, advocates... Full story

 

Few gun rights measures still alive in Legislature

HELENA — The number of gun rights bills likely to clear the Montana Legislature appears to be dwindling significantly, as the session enters its final days, dealing a blow to gun-rights advocates who seem unable to capitalize on...

 

Stream access hearing draws overflow crowd

Stream access hearing draws overflow crowd STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — One of the largest crowds of the Legislative session is opposing a bill many say would limit stream access for anglers. The opponents along...

 

Severe weather batters central, eastern Montana

HELENA — Severe thunderstorms dumped up to 4 inches of rain and golf ball-sized hailstones across Montana, likely causing already swollen rivers to hit major flood stage in eastern and central parts of the state by the end of... Full story

 

Severe weather batters central, eastern Montana

HELENA — Severe thunderstorms dumped up to 4 inches of rain and golf ball-sized hailstones across Montana, likely causing already swollen rivers to hit major flood stage in eastern and central parts of the state by the end of...

 

Senate backs annual Legislature referendum

Senate backs annual Legislature referendum STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — The Senate is backing a constitutional referendum to have the Montana Legislature meet every year, rather than every other year. The measure... Full story

 

Montana issuing marijuana cards under new law

HELENA — Montana health officials have begun issuing new medical marijuana cards as part of the state's overhaul of its marijuana industry. The new law granted the Department of Public Health and Human Services powers on...

 

Fort Peck dam to release reservoir water earlier

HELENA — High waters from huge amounts of rainfall combined with melting snowpack over the past month are prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release massive amounts of water from Fort Peck Dam earlier than expected.... Full story

 

Big Horn County prepares for more water

AP Photo/Matthew Brown: Kellen Backbone prepares to hook up a hose to a pump being installed to remove water from of a low-lying area in Crow Agency, Wednesda. During a break in the rain Wednesday, members of the Crow tribe worked...

 

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