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Evening Newscast 09-18-18

The state Land Board has approved two deals that put more grazing and forest land under state control. A University of Montana associate professor of Buddhism and yoga is charged with misdemeanor assault for reportedly punching a bouncer at a country music concert. Donald Trump Junior is returning to Montana to campaign for Republican U-S Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale next week.


Evening Newscast 09-17-18

A campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint against U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm. Glacier National Park officials have re-opened the full length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to private vehicle traffic as crews work to contain the fire that closed it. A Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy is now on paid administrative leave after briefly forgetting her service weapon in a faculty bathroom of a public school last...


Evening Newscast 09-14-15

State wildlife officials say a freight train struck and killed a 2-year-old grizzly bear near West Glacier on Monday. U.S. government officials say the Fort Peck tribes owe $435,000 after mismanaging grant money meant to help poor people pay for their home energy use. Montana officials may never know who bankrolled the effort to qualify the Green Party for the 2018 ballot.


Evening Newscast 09-13-18

Montana University System leaders are looking at ways to help encourage more students to attend college, make the campuses more efficient and help students save money. A former Montana prison inmate has filed a lawsuit after a beating he suffered while in custody resulted in a brain injury. The first grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years has been delayed until at least the end of the month while a federal judge in Missoula decides if Yellowstone-area grizzlies should...


Evening Newscast 09-12-18

A once-contaminated creek flowing into Yellowstone National Park may be clean enough to be removed from the impaired waters list. Two major Democratic political groups have announced a $21 million digital ad buy targeting Senate races in November as the party tries to banish the ghosts of 2016, when Donald Trump's Republican campaign ran circles around it online. A University of Montana football player is charged with misdemeanor assault for a fight outside a Missoula bar in May in which the...


Evening Newscast 09-11-18

Lee Enterprises has shut down the Missoula Independent nearly a year and a half after buying the alternative weekly newspaper. Montana lawmakers will consider changing how their pay is calculated when they meet in January, which would result in a 69 percent pay raise if approved. Montana emergency responders and political leaders marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks with a ceremony in the state Capitol today.


Evening Newscast 09-10-18

Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota say the Trump administration unlawfully approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites. Officials say visitation to Yellowstone National Park was down last month but 2018 is still on par with the park's three busiest years. A southwestern Montana sheriff is charged with evidence tampering and perjury in a case that led to a meth trafficking conviction.


Evening Newscast 09-07-18

The dean of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism is taking on a new role at UM. Gov. Steve Bullock has named the director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to lead the state budget office. The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visited Superfund sites in Butte and Anaconda Friday.


Evening Newscast 09-06-18

Governor Steve Bullock named a new state budget director today. The University of Montana is anticipating a roughly 5 percent drop in enrollment this fall. The first-ever Montana medical residency for psychiatrists was announced today at Billings Clinic.


Evening Newscast 09-05-18

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is rolling out a new television ad promoting his collaboration with President Donald Trump as the Montana Democrat seeks to inoculate himself against conservative critics ahead of Trump's upcoming visit to the state. The increasing number of tourists entering Yellowstone National Park's west gate has prompted a study of traffic congestion in West Yellowstone, Montana. President Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Billings tomorrow evening, at the 10,000-seat MetraPark...


Evening Newscast 09-04-18

Civil liberties advocates have sued the U.S government alleging law enforcement agencies are maneuvering to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. State politicians and others from around Montana joined union workers locked out of a talc-milling plant in Three Forks for a Labor Day rally Monday. Civil liberties advocates have sued the U.S. government, alleging law enforcement agencies are maneuvering to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL...


Evening Newscast 08-31-18

Wildlife officials in Wyoming and Idaho say they've been contacting hunters licensed to kill grizzly bears to tell them their hunts are on hold following a judge's ruling. President Donald Trump has named the superintendent of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis since January 2017. An overlook at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park has reopened after two years of repair work. There’s a...


Evening Newscast 08-30-18

The Alberta Bair Theater in Billings has received a $1 million gift from two private donors that it will use to renovate its aging facility. President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for flooding this spring in parts of Montana.


Evening Newscast 08-29-18

Management and union workers at a talc-milling plant in Three Forks plan to resume contract negotiations amid a worker lockout that's lasted nearly a month. Montana health officials say an elderly man from Yellowstone County has died of West Nile virus. A federal court in Missoula is expected to decide if the Yellowstone grizzly bear will stay on the endangered species list tomorrow.


Evening Newscast 08-28-18

The Kootenai National Forest on Tuesday approved the first phase of the Rock Creek silver and copper mine near Noxon, but the proposal’s fate remains uncertain due to a legal dispute with state regulators. A Montana sheriff's deputy who killed a suicidal man in February has been cleared. Glacier National Park lifted evacuation warnings for portions of the park Tuesday.


Evening Newscast 08-27-18

Governor Steve Bullock says all flags flown in the state will be lowered for seven days to honor U.S. Sen. John McCain. The widespread precipitation gracing Montana has at least tapped the brakes on the 2018 fire season. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Trent Smith says it’s not the full-stop event everybody’s hoping for. Canadian officials have lifted an evacuation order for Waterton Lakes National Park after rain helped slow a fire burning across the border in nieghboring Glacier...


Evening Newscast 08-24-18

A fast-growing wildfire discovered Thursday night in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park has led to the closure of nearly all of neighboring Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Yellowstone National Park officials say it was a grizzly bear that attacked a 10-year-old boy yesterday near Old Faithful. A tobacco-industry funded group has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana's Medicaid expansion program by raising the tobacco tax.


Evening Newscast 08-23-18

A U.S. judge has ordered a convicted killer from Montana's Crow Indian Reservation released from custody after part of his conviction was overturned. State budget director Dan Villa will leave that position in about 5 weeks, to become the next executive director of the Montana Board of Investments. A committee of Montana lawmakers unanimously approved a revised sexual harassment and discrimination policy for the state legislature Thursday. A 55-year-old Oregon man who said he and his buddy...


Evening Newscast 08-22-18

The Bitterroot National Forest has kicked off a 45-day objection period focusing on bicycle access in two wilderness study areas: the Blue Joint WSA south of Darby in the Bitterroot mountains along the Idaho border and the Sapphire WSA southeast of Hamilton. Wildfire activity has moderated in western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again. The president of the Montana Senate is asking the attorney...


Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2018

Wildfire activity has moderated in Western Montana in the wake of wet and cool weather earlier this week, but crews remain hard at work as temperatures start to rise again .