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Today is Monday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2015. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23rd, 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised the American flag. (There were actually two flag-raisings, the second of which was […]
AP EXCLUSIVE: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades. The projection was contained in a Department of Transportation analysis from July. It says the derailments […]
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State senators have passed out of committee a negotiation of water use rights on the Flathead Reservation. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-4 to pass Senate Bill 262 on Friday. Republican Sens. Doug Kary, Nels Swandal and bill sponsor Chas Vincent voted with Democrats to send the measure to […]
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State lawmakers have passed a bill to increase the basic entitlement funding for schools by $54 million over the next two years. House Bill 27, proposed by the Office of Public Instruction, calls for increasing state funding by 2.3 percent for the 2015-16 school year and 1.8 percent for the second […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Glen Campbell’s daughter says that although she can’t have a typical conversation with her father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, she’s able to speak to him through music. In an interview this week, Ashley Campbell says when she plays her guitar for her father “it really seems to reach him.” The […]
Today is Friday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2015. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to protect the public’s health. (The case involved a Swedish immigrant, Henning Jacobson, who […]
NEW YORK (AP) — At the age of 81, Willie Nelson will once again be a movie star. Rolling Stone reports Nelson will play a retired vaudeville star in the film “Waiting For The Miracle To Come.” It’s about a young girl who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a gold […]
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — Garth Brooks’ failed attempt to start his tour in Ireland is now the subject of a play that’s about to run there. The Irish Independent reports dramatist Fiona Looney has written the play, “Are You There Garth? It’s Me Margaret.” Brooks had wanted to do five concerts in Dublin to kick […]
Bill would restrict solitary confinement in prisons | State House panel eyes bills rejecting education standards
State House panel eyes bills rejecting education standards HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Livingston lawmaker has introduced several bills seeking to revoke the federal Common Core educational standards and set new standards for Montana schools. The Billings Gazette reports Wednesday’s hearing on the four bills by Republican Rep. Debra Lamm lasted nearly seven hours and […]
ENCINO, Calif. (AP) — Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL’) will face off for the Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year award. They were the top three vote-getters, based on votes from fans and the ACM professional membership. Fans and the ACM members will determine the winner. Voting begins April […]
- Dems say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wallWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress' two top Democrats said Monday....
- Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions....
- France's rejected mainstream unites behind Macron for runoffPARIS (AP) -- France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united Monday to urge voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential runoff and to reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism....
- Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdownSALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants....