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Matt Rosendale, Republicans look to oust Montana Sen. Tester

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA — Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in November as Republicans look to take back Tester’s seat and complete a sweep of Montana’s congressional delegation....


Hi-Line Athletes of the Week

Eddie Harmon, Turner Track A year ago, Eddie Harmon made Turner track and field history with a Class C state championship in the 800 meters. One year later, he did it twice. Last weekend in Great...


APNewsBreak: GOP takes Trump-Tester feud to Montana voters

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — Republicans are taking out an attack ad against Sen. Jon Tester in an attempt to make good on President Donald Trump’s pledge that the Montana Democrat will pay for scuttling his Department of Veterans...


Blue Cross/Blue Shield's Healthy Kids, Healthy Families application window closes May 15

Press release HELENA — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative is a centerpiece of its charitable giving, and the 2017 grant application process is open from April 1 through May 15. Entering its fifth...


Montana high court weighs ban on religious school tax credit

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on reinstating a ban on tax credits for donations that go toward scholarships for students who attend private religious schools. Montana revenue officials and...


Montana governor travels to Iowa as he explores possible run

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock wrapped up a two-day tour of Iowa on Friday to campaign for that state’s Democratic attorney general and test the waters for a possible 2020 presidential run. Bullock headlined a...


China-US trade dispute looms over Montana beef export deal

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS — A brewing trade war between China and the U.S. comes at an inopportune time for Montana ranchers, who are seeking to close a multi-year deal to export up to $200 million of beef through China’s...


Tester to opponents: Be ready to 'arm wrestle' after primary

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has a message for the Republican Senate candidates who have bashed him in recent public appearances: Focus on your primary election first, then get ready to “arm wrestle.” The...


Rural areas left out of Montana's rapid job growth

By DAVID ERICKSON Missoulian MISSOULA (AP) — There’s a stark difference in the job growth around the Montana cities of Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell and Helena compared to the rural areas in the state. Huge portions of rural Montana are...


Court: Specifics needed to justify Montana meeting closures

HELENA (AP) — Montana’s government bodies and agencies must give some details about whose privacy rights they are protecting when justifying closing a meeting that would otherwise be open to the public, the state Supreme Court ruled. Justices in...


Fire restrictions still on in north-central Montana counties

Over the weekend, cooler and wetter weather helped ease the effects of this year’s fire season, but most of the counties within the Lewistown Fire Restriction Area have decided to stay in fire restrictions, with the exception of Chouteau and...


Montana school bus crash kills 2 adults, injures 4 children

BILLINGS (AP) — Authorities say a school bus taking students on northeastern Montana field trip to Havre has collided head-on with a pickup truck in a crash that killed the bus driver and the pickup's driver. The Montana Highway Patrol said...


Judge orders Montana congressman photographed, fingerprinted

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA - A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of the congressman's mug... Full story


Montana's Gianforte avoids jail time for reporter assault

BOZEMAN (AP) — Montana's next congressman, Greg Gianforte, avoided jail time Monday after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected. Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Rick West sentenced the Republican technology... Full story


Reporter alleges GOP House candidate 'body-slammed' him

HELENA (AP)— A reporter said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat "body-slammed" him Wednesday, the day before the special election. Democrats say Republican Greg Ginaforte must quit the race. Democratic Congressional... Full story


GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault on reporter

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press BOZEMAN — Today's nationally-watched election for Montana's sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing a... Full story


Gianforte loans himself $1M in bid for Montana US House

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — Republican Greg Gianforte loaned himself $1 million to finance his bid for Montana's only seat in the U.S. House, as his Democratic opponent raked in huge sums of cash from small, individual donors...


Montana lawmakers adjourn without $80M infrastructure bill

By MATT VOLZ and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA - Dozens of Montana schools that were counting on state funding to replace crumbling roofs and old boilers are out of luck. The same goes fo... Full story


State seeks to drop case to put Barry Beach back in prison

HELENA (AP) — State prosecutors decided to drop their attempts to put a convicted murderer who was granted clemency back in prison on Friday, a week after the city of Billings dismissed a misdemeanor charge against him. Assistant Attorney General...


Congressional candidate campaigns by staying out of sight

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — In his unsuccessful bid to be elected as Montana's governor last year, Republican Greg Gianforte convened town halls, held press conferences and publicized his travels. Months later, he has shifted...


Governor uses veto pen to push mail-only voting

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock revived debate over mail-only voting today when he used his veto power to rewrite a routine bill to allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail. The... Full story


Windy Boy suicide prevention bill passes second reading

Staff and wire report Legislation sponsored by a Rocky Boy legislator aimed at reducing the number of suicides by youth in Montana could soon head to the governor's desk for his signature. The state... Full story


Mail ballot bill tabled

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — Montana House Democrats failed to win committee approval Wednesday for a measure that would allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail. The legislation is a priority among... Full story


Trump administration cans Montana U.S. Attorney Cotter

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press HELENA — Montana U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter said Friday that he was shocked by the unprofessional manner in which he and 45 other Obama appointees were asked to turn in their resignations by the end of the day. Cotter... Full story


Montana budget panel rescinds some cuts for higher education

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press HELENA — A Montana budget committee rescinded Friday more than $11 million in spending cuts for higher education that could have meant a steep rise in tuition at university campuses. The action by the House Ap...


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