Legislative panel OKs bill to close loophole in incest law HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A legislative committee has unanimously endorsed a bill meant to close a loophole in Montana law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to be charged with incest involving a parent. The measure approved Wednesday clarifies that a person who is younger than […]
Colstrip owner pushes for tax break to keep plant units open HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers say Talen Energy is pushing for a tax reduction to keep two units of the Colstrip power plant open until 2022. House Speaker Austin Knudsen said Tuesday that two of the four units of the coal-fired power […]
Montana lawmakers reject doctor residency expansion HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers have rejected a $400,000 request to expand a state program to train doctors. The Helena Independent Record reports that the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education did not approve an expansion request from Montana’s Graduate Medical Education program. Doctors said the money would […]
Panel votes to cut $23M from Montana higher education budget HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A legislative panel is recommending a $23 million cut in Montana’s higher education budget over the next two years. Thursday’s vote by the Joint Subcommittee on Education is the first step in finalizing the Office of the Commissioner of Higher […]
Montana panel considers letting school workers carry guns HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislator says schools would be safer if school employees with concealed weapons permits were allowed to bring their weapons to campus. Republican Rep. Seth Berglee of Joliet argues that his bill would allow school employees to “defend and protect” students. […]
Bureau of Indian Affairs working on lease for Montana prison BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it could secure a lease in coming months to operate a vacant Montana prison, which closed after the agency dropped its previous contract with the detention facility. The Billings Gazette reported Monday that BIA […]
Coal-export terminal backer appeals denial of state sublease LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington have challenged the state’s denial of an aquatic lands lease for the project. The Daily News reports that Millennium Bulk Terminals and Northwest Alloys appealed the state’s decision in Cowlitz County Superior Court Feb. […]
Pipeline company fined $1 million for Montana oil spill BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An oil pipeline company has been fined $1 million for a spill in Montana that released 31,000 gallons into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a city’s water supply in 2015. The Billings Gazette reports that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality […]
Montana seeks a holistic approach in public defender system HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials are seeking to overhaul its public defender system, which has been beset with sinking morale and a growing caseload that is putting pressure on what state officials acknowledge is an overburdened staff. The state legislature is seeking to intervene with […]
- Democrats elect Perez national chairmanATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump....
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- Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not politicalOLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday....