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Blue Cross signs contract to administer Medicaid expansion HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials have signed a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana to administer the state’s Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Richard Opper and Blue Cross president Mike […]
Police called after armed man spotted near Muslim rally BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings police officials say officers asked an armed man whose face was covered by a scarf to leave a park during a rally to support the city’s small Muslim community. The Billings Gazette reports the man was openly carrying a weapon as […]
Lieutenant governor’s emails show tension with Bullock staff HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Weeks before she applied for a new state job, Lt. Gov. Angela McLean told Gov. Steve Bullock that she planned to stay in her position until the end of his term in 2016. The email was among hundreds released by Bullock to The […]
The Latest: Judge rejects sanctions for former billionaire BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a call for sanctions against the founder of a Montana resort for the ultra-rich after he refused a jailhouse deposition. Attorney Paul Brain said U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ruled against sanctions for his client, former billionaire […]
By MESFIN FEKADU December 8, 2015 9:57 AM NEW YORK (AP) — The red carpet just keeps rolling out for singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton: After dominating at last month’s Country Music Association Awards and watching his album jump from nowhere to No. 1, he’s now a top nominee at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Stapleton’s four nominations, […]
FWP Commission approves mandatory walleye kill KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a rule designed to combat the illegal introduction of non-native walleye in Swan Lake southeast of Kalispell. The rule requires anglers on Swan Lake and the Swan River to kill any walleye they catch, report the […]
Mother Lode Theatre Thursday, December 17: The Young Musicians’ Club is proud to announce its 2015 Christmas Concert with Andy Larson. The concert is Thursday, December 17th at 7pm at the Mother Lode Theatre. Tickets are $10 for family, $5 for individual. Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. This concert […]
Shootings may push states to give FBI mental health records HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A new report says six states are not alerting the FBI about people whose mental health problems would bar them from owning guns. The report released Thursday by the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety cites FBI data […]
Feds look to maintain Yellowstone bear numbers BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say they want to maintain grizzly bear numbers in the three-state Yellowstone region near current levels as they move toward lifting protections for the threatened species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Serena Baker said Wednesday the agency has set a […]
From Willie and Merle to Maddie and Tae, the year in travellers and storytellers By Charles Aaron, Jon Freeman, Keith Harris, Joseph Hudak, Marissa R. Moss, Nick Murray, Sarah Rodman, Linda Ryan (Illustration by Ryan Casey) Country in 2015 bent, blurred, ignored and imploded Music City’s lines — and occasionally its bottom line too. Luke […]
- 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....