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Tech issues delay remote control boat launch at toxic pit BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — An attempt to launch a remote-controlled boat to test toxic water in a former Montana open-pit mine where thousands of snow geese died last fall has failed. The Montana Standard reports the boat to sample the Berkeley Pit water in […]
St. Louis Zoo grizzly bear exhibit to open in September ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Zoo officials say a new $11-million grizzly bear exhibit is expected to open in September. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports two young grizzlies housed at a Montana zoo will be brought to the new Grizzly Ridge exhibit in […]
House panel rejects $33M infrastructure bill by Republicans HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A House panel has rejected an infrastructure bill to use bonds to fund $33 million worth of public works projects across Montana. The House Appropriations Committee voted 13-9 against the bill on Monday. The measure had angered Democrats by removing several large […]
Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling bird species BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new study suggests some livestock grazing can benefit a ground-dwelling bird that’s suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the U.S. West. Grazing on land occupied by greater sage grouse has been frequently cited as a reason for the […]
Republicans come up with separate infrastructure bills HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana House and Senate Republicans are introducing separate bills to pay for state infrastructure projects through bonds. Both measures being introduced Wednesday reduce Gov. Steve Bullock’s original $150 million bonding plan. The Senate measure would authorize between $80 million and $90 million to […]
Coroner IDs man killed in motorcycle crash near Savage BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash near the small eastern Montana town of Savage over the weekend. The Billings Gazette reports 44-year-old Daniel James Miller, of the Fairview area, was riding in […]
Officials identify Idaho man killed in Montana crash BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Butte-Silver Bow County officials have released the name of a 47-year-old Idaho man who died after being struck by a semitrailer while pushing his car off the interstate in southwestern Montana because it had run out of gas. The Montana Standard reports (bit.ly/2mNFUsU) […]
UM surveying faculty about early retirement MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is surveying faculty and staff about their interest in early retirement as the university seeks to cut spending due to decreasing enrollment. The Missoulian reports the email, sent Wednesday, asked employees for their age, years at UM, interest in early […]
Montana travelers reminded of upcoming Real ID requirements BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Travel professionals are reminding their customers that Montana’s state-issued driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted as a valid form of identification for commercial flights next year. The Billings Gazette reports that beginning Jan. 22, passengers must produce a passport or some other […]
Montana Republicans reject attempts to restore budget cuts HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican members of the Montana House Appropriations Committee are resisting efforts by Democrats to restore proposed budget cuts to government agencies and programs. The committee rejected multiple amendments Thursday on party line votes to add back money to the 2018-2019 budget. They […]
- French vote for president in litmus test for Europe's futurePARIS (AP) -- Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's being seen as a litmus test for the future of Europe and the spread of populism around the world....
- 11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes racePARIS (AP) -- From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined - and often have been overshadowed during the campaign - by rivals pledging to scrap long-held expectations, […]
- Trump at 100 days: 'It's a different kind of presidency'WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions....
- Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battlesWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall....