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USDA announces milk loss assistance for dairy operations

WASHINGTON — The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Monday Milk Loss Program assistance for eligible dairy operations for milk that was dumped or removed, without compensation, from the commercial milk market due to q... — Updated 9/13/2023


Bill to protect school hunting and archery programs gets bipartisan support

Press release WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s Defending Hunters Education Act, legislation that would force the Biden Administration to reverse course on their decision to prohibit the use of federal funds for school... — Updated 9/12/2023


VA extends deadline to apply for backdated PACT Act benefits to Monday

Today, VA announced that veterans and survivors who apply, or submit their intent to file, for PACT Act benefits by 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time Monday, August 14, 2023, will be eligible... — Updated 8/10/2023


Russia tries to project a sense of order after mercenary revolt

The Associated Press Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made his first public appearance since a mercenary uprising demanded his ouster, inspecting troops in Ukraine in a video... — Updated 6/28/2023


China accuses US of indiscriminate use of force over balloon

Emily Wang Fujiyama Associated Press BEIJING — China accused the United States today of indiscriminate use of force in shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon, saying it “seriously impacted and damaged both sides... — Updated 2/6/2023


More networks for help transitioning to organic available

USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Jan. 20 the partner organizations that farmers can contact to learn more about transitioning to organic. These organizations are also entry points for existing organic farmers... — Updated 1/25/2023


USDA announces additional assistance for dairy farmers

USDA WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program — PM... — Updated 1/25/2023


Signup opening for 2023 assistance for on-farm food safety expenses for specialty crop growers

USDA WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding specialty crop producers of available assistance to help cover certain costs of complying with regulatory and market-driven food safety certification... — Updated 1/25/2023


Biden says classified document found in 'personal library'

Zeke Miller and Michael Balsamo Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden acknowledged today that a document with classified markings from his time as vice president was found in his “personal library” at his home in... — Updated 1/12/2023


Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

BERNARD McGHEE Associated Press One would have to go back hundreds of years to find a monarch who reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II. In her 70 years on the throne, she helped modernize the monarchy across decades of enormous s... — Updated 1/3/2023


Congress enforces railroad labor contract, preventing strike

Justin Franz Montana Free Press The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to force four railroad unions to accept the terms of a labor contract their members had previously rejected, preventing a possible strike that would have brought freigh... — Updated 12/2/2022


Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Jason Dearen and Michael Rezendes Associated Press It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private... — Updated 9/29/2022


White House to encourage COVID boosters, flu shot this fall

Amanda Seitz Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration hopes to make getting a COVID-19 booster as routine as going in for the yearly flu shot. That’s at the heart of its campaign to sell the newly authorized shot... — Updated 9/1/2022


Trump search: What may come next in inquiry with legal peril

by Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON - A newly released FBI document helps flesh out the contours of an investigation into classified material at former President Donald... — Updated 8/29/2022


FBI affidavit shows concerns about documents at Trump estate

ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Fourteen of the 15 boxes recovered from former President Donald Trump's Florida estate early this year contained documents with classification markings, including at the top secret... — Updated 8/26/2022


Student loan forgiveness could help more than 40 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 40 million Americans could see their student loan debt reduced — and in many cases eliminated — under the long-awaited forgiveness plan President Joe Biden announced Wednesday, a historic but... — Updated 8/25/2022


Obituary - Cheryl Lynn Barber

Cheryl Lynn Barber of Chinook, 53, passed away peacefully December 26, 2021. She was born February 10, 1968, in Havre to Paul Dannels and Carol Upshaw. Early in life, her family... — Updated 12/29/2021 Full story


Pro-Trump protesters interrupt electoral vote confirmation hearing

Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. interrupting a congressional hearing to confirm the electoral college's votes in the 2020 General Election that resulted President-elect Joe Biden's... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Tim Leeds    National

Biden wins presidency

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to have won the 2020 U.S. presidential election. With Pennsylvania called for Biden, he had 273 votes in the Electoral... — Updated 11/7/2020

 By Politifact    National

Fact-checking the Montana Senate race between Bullock, Daines

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT -- The Montana Senate race will help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. -- Republican groups have attacked Bullock over his support of a public option healthcare plan and... — Updated 10/30/2020


Tester on 'unacceptable' Empire Builder cuts: Amtrak needs to give Montanans 'clear answers'

Note: This is from the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen. Jon Tester released Monday a statement as Amtrak’s cuts in service to the Empire Builder line, which crosses the entire state of Montana along the Hi-Line, go into... — Updated 10/20/2020


Senators: COVID disaster aid increase passes Senate

Montana's U.S. senators both said the latest version of a bill to add funds to protect small business payrolls passed the Senate this afternoon. Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., held a... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

 By Tim Leeds    National

House passes COVID-19 aid package, heads to president for signature

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a package intended to provide aid for states, businesses and people struggling with the impacts of novel coronavirus 2019 and the... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story


Senate passes coronavirus relief fund

Montana's U.S. senators praised the Senate Wednesday unanimously passing a novel coronavirus 2019 aid package that the U.S. House is expected to vote on Friday. "It's good to see... — Updated 3/26/2020 Full story

 By Press Release    National

Social Security warns of COVID-19 scams

Inspector General of Social Security Gail S. Ennis is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Admini... — Updated 3/25/2020 Full story


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