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Evening Newscast 06-22-18

Democrats in Congress are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August. Part of Highway 200 reopened this afternoon clearing the route between Missoula and Great Falls. Donald Trump Jr. is set to rally Montana Republicans after his father said Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester must pay "a big price"...


Evening Newscast 06-21-18

The Montana Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force are evacuating nearly 140 people from a Bible camp southwest of Augusta after the road was washed out due to flooding. The sponsors of at least two Montana citizens' initiatives say they've collected enough voter signatures to qualify their measures for the Nov. 6 general election. A proposal to ban mining near Yellowstone National Park got its first hearing in the U.S. House today. It has the unconditional support of Montana’s lone...


Evening Newscast 06-20-18

Kalispell Regional Healthcare is under federal investigation over "compensation to certain physicians" and recently told employees it has set aside $21.5 million for a potential settlement. Mining industry advocates went on the offensive Wednesday against a proposed ballot initiative they say would effectively ban future mining in the state. The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states, including Montana, that call for eliminating...


Evening Newscast 06-19-18

The Montana Supreme Court today unanimously denied a request by the Montana Mining Association to toss out a proposed ballot initiative for being legally insufficient to put before voters. Heavy rain falling along the Rocky Mountain Front over the last several days has triggered flooding and road closures in and around the town of Augusta. All three of Montana’s delegates in Washington, DC, say they oppose the Trump Administration’s strategy of separating families at the border. But they...


Evening Newscast 06-18-18

Governor Steve Bullock's budget director says the administration is complying with a judge's order to temporarily reinstate Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester fielded questions from a broadcasters' group about immigration and health care after his Republican challenger declined to debate him on Father's Day. Montana Governor Steve Bullock is asking for a presidential disaster declaration for the spring flooding...


Evening Newscast 06-15-18

Law enforcement officers with the Fort Peck Tribes are still searching for inmates who escaped from the tribal jail in Poplar. The tribe is offering reward money for information leading to the six who remain at large after 13 inmates escaped earlier this month. A Montana mortuary business must pay a woman $50,000 after her husband was cremated against his wishes. Idaho authorities say a second body has been recovered after a vehicle carrying six hunters crashed into the fast-moving Selway...


Evening Newscast 06-14-18

The Montana Supreme Court says a University of Montana campus police officer was wrong to continue to detain and question a student suspected of underage drinking without advising her of her right against self-incrimination. Montana wildlife managers want a 40-percent reduction in the quota for bobcats killed by trappers in the southwestern portion of the state amid signs the population is declining. A spokesman for the developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline says the company is pleased...


Evening Newscast 06-13-18

Donald Trump Junior is returning to Montana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. A new superintendent has been named for Yellowstone National Park after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration. Montana's largest utility could be fined up to $1.5 million for being a day late on its tax payments.


Evening Newscast 06-12-18

Montana regulators have approved the sale of a Spokane, Washington-based utility that could have implications for the Colstrip coal-fired power plant's future. National Park Service officials say they bypassed the open bidding process when they awarded a $4 million contract to a Montana construction company to begin rebuilding Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet. Leaders from the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department today signed documents implementing a $471 million settlement...


Evening Newscast 06-11-18

Republican Matt Rosendale won't participate in a debate against Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester because it was scheduled on Father's Day. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says a black bear hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear in the Swan Valley after misidentifying it in May. The Montana Health Care Association and some of its members are suing the state of Montana to stop cuts to their Medicaid reimbursement rates.


Evening Newscast 06-08-18

Governor Steve Bullock has signed a first-of-its-kind executive order to require many state government contractors to report their political contributions, even those to so-called "dark money" groups that don't have to disclose donors. A record number of people visited Yellowstone National Park last month. The Helena School District is changing a policy that allows the district to use collection agencies to recover school lunch debt.


Evening Newscast 06-07-18

Yellowstone National Park's superintendent says he's being forced out for what appear to be punitive reasons following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain. Doctors at the Montana State Hospital say a man charged in the shooting death of a Broadwater County sheriff's deputy last year is not fit to stand trial, but with medication he could be. Environmental groups challenging a mining company's plans to search for gold north of Yellowstone...


Evening Newscast 06-06-18

57-year-old State Auditor and insurance commissioner Matthew Rosendale won the Republican primary nomination last night in a heated four-way GOP primary. He now looks to defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana this fall. After getting a late start and outspent by her opponents, Democrat Kathleen Williams narrowly emerged the unlikely winner in Montana's U.S. House primary to cap a big day nationwide for women seeking elected office.


Evening Newscast 06-05-18

Montana voters are going to the polls today to pick challengers to Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte. An independent watchdog has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing when he gave a speech to a National Hockey League team owned by a campaign contributor. Numbers in a new state revenue report mean Montana can likely restore some of the cuts made during last year’s budget crisis. At least that’s how one prominent Republican state lawmaker...


Evening Newscast 06-04-18

Candidates in Montana's U.S. Senate and House primary elections have spent the final days of their campaigns rallying their bases and working the phones in an effort to get more voters to the polls. A group behind a ballot initiative to increase Montana’s tobacco tax filed a complaint Monday with the state Commissioner of Political Practices. They allege their opponents engaged in illegal campaign activities.


Evening Newscast 06-01-18

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk plans to retire next March, ending a 44-year career with the National Park Service. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering up to $2,000 for information about a grizzly bear shooting death north of Libby. A home health care worker in Great Falls is charged with threatening a patient with a knife and burning down the house in which they both lived.


Evening Newscast 05-31-18

The Montana State Hospital has changed some policies, and plans to increase staffing and improve training. An agriculture organization that includes Montana farmers said today that the new steel and aluminum tariffs announced by the Trump Administration will take farm operations “to the breaking point.” Attorney General Tim Fox’s office is cheering a ruling by a federal judge yesterday.


Evening Newscast 05-30-18

The Montana Mining Association is asking the state Supreme Court to void a proposed ballot initiative that would require state officials to deny mining permits unless it proposed mines would not require perpetual environmental cleanup. Top EPA officials were in Butte today to explain details of the proposed Superfund cleanup that was agreed to in January, and get feedback from locals. Southwestern Montana remains a hot spot for potential flooding.


Evening Newscast 05-29-18

Campaign finance reports show Senator Jon Tester's campaign increased its spending on television and internet ads after President Donald Trump targeted him in April. Nearly 118,000 Montana voters have returned absentee ballots ahead of next week’s primary. A Missoula judge has dismissed an aggravated burglary charge against a bounty hunter accused of breaking into a house and handcuffing a bail jumper.


Evening Newscast 05-25-18

A Montana judge has chastised state environmental regulators over a mine exploration project near Yellowstone National Park. The state Board of Regents is asking the state for an additional $14.6 million in its next two-year budget so increased costs aren't completely passed on to students. Glacier National Park opened another section of Going-To-The-Sun Road to car traffic today.