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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 […]
- Warning of "imminent" attack, Britain raises threat levelMANCHESTER, England (AP) -- As officials hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent," thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of a blast at a pop concert - the latest apparent target of Islamic extremists seeking […]
- Ariana Grande fans tremble as they recall Manchester attackMANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Rihanna Hardy had been excited about seeing Ariana Grande ever since she got her concert ticket as a Christmas gift. So when the day came, the 11-year-old left school a couple of hours early to make sure to get to Manchester Arena on time....
- Tensions in their past, Trump, Pope Francis to meetROME (AP) -- Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed....
- Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned RussiaWASHINGTON (AP) -- Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on them....