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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 […]
Montana House candidates set limits on taking PAC money HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Democratic and Republican candidates for Montana’s U.S. House election are setting self-imposed limits to the outside money their campaigns will accept. Democratic candidate Rob Quist’s campaign released a statement Wednesday that says the musician won’t accept any money from political […]
Wyoming man due to plead guilty in Montana double murder BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old Wyoming man is set to plead guilty to a double-murder on Montana’s Crow Reservation under an agreement with federal prosecutors that would send him to prison for life. Jesus Deniz Mendoza was scheduled to appear at a Tuesday […]
- Mexican man freed after arrest despite protected statusTACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Mexican man who spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was released from custody Wednesday pending deportation proceedings....
- Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperationWASHINGTON (AP) -- Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes....
- 12 killed, 3 hurt when church bus and truck crash in TexasUVALDE, Texas (AP) -- A small shuttle bus carrying Texas church members home from a retreat collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing 12 people and injuring three others Wednesday on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, officials said....
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