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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 is...


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.


Evening Newscast 05-24-18

U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana - the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 - as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals. The head of Montana’s Democratic Party is asking for a congressional investigation into whether Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year. The state health department has hired consultants and paid...


Evening Newscast 05-23-18

A federal appeals court has upheld Montana's campaign finance reform law by rejecting a group's claims that it is vague and overly broad. Wyoming today approved its first grizzly bear hunt in 44 years. A veterans healthcare reform bill co-sponsored by Montana Senator Jon Tester cleared Congress today and is headed to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.


Evening Newscast 05-22-18

Receding water is allowing officials to better survey flood damage that occurred to homes in the Missoula area. However, officials warn that high water along the Clark Fork River continues and the danger of additional flooding is not over yet. A government wildlife worker who recently landed her "dream job" researching grizzly bears in a remote Montana mountain range is recovering from a surprise bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries. Montana Highway...


Evening Newscast 05-21-18

Missoula County authorities are allowing flooding evacuees back home temporarily to check on their properties. Federal officials shut down an experiment on diseased wildlife from Yellowstone National Park after inspectors questioned government protocols for handling infected bison. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials today said they are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana.


Evening Newscast 05-18-18

A woman who reported a bear attack in a remote section of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby earlier this week sustained serious injuries during her surprise defensive encounter with the animal, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Montana transportation officials say crews are on pace to have the Beartooth Highway near Yellowstone National Park plowed and open by Memorial Day weekend. Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4 percent in April, slightly higher than...