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Evening Newscast 11-15-18

The $10 billion-plus state budget proposal Governor Steve Bullock unveiled today includes raising taxes on tobacco, liquor, rental cars and hotel rooms. The fires raging in California, and one continuing to smolder in Glacier National Park, have managers in Whitefish thinking about how people in town can prepare for the worst. Two conservation groups say the federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in the...


Evening Newscast 11-14-18

Montana lawmakers picked their leadership today for the upcoming legislative session. Police say three men wanted after someone fired shots at a county deputy's vehicle in Jefferson County have been arrested in Idaho. A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at addressing the high number of missing and murdered Native American women.


Evening Newscast 11-13-18

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is defending his decision to award a $265,000 contract to a friend, saying his office did what was right for the voters. State environmental regulators have given the OK to expanding a coal mine in southeastern Montana and set a $13.7 million cleanup bond. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told the Associated Press today that the federal government plans to appeal a federal court ruling allowing oil and gas drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine area...


Evening Newscast 11-09-18

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump are tamping down talk that Zinke might be the next Trump administration official to leave their position. Work on Keystone XL oil pipeline scheduled to start next spring has been put on hold. With the fall bird migration now in full swing, the companies in charge of Butte’s Berkeley Pit are using their new and improved scientific bird hazing program to keep birds away.


Evening Newscast 11-08-18

Governor Steve Bullock today ordered flags in Montana to be flown at half-mast in honor of the victims of the mass shooting last night in Thousand Oaks, California. The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021. A summit that could shape the future of invasive species policy in Montana will take place next week in Helena.


Evening Newscast 11-07-18

Montana Democrat Jon Tester won a third term in the U.S. Senate by beating Republican Matt Rosendale in a race that was too close to call until Wednesday morning. Earlier Tuesday morning the Associated Press declared Republican Greg Gianforte the winner in Montana’s U.S. House Race, defeating Democrat Kathleen Williams. Flathead County officials say a 79-year-old Montana man died when his boat capsized on the Flathead River.


Evening Newscast 11-05-18

As of late last night, more than 303,000 Montanans had already cast their ballots in the mid-term election. That’s out of a total of about 703,000 total registered voters in the state. An international organization observing the U.S. midterm elections is pulling its two Montana-based election monitors after one of them pleaded guilty to drunken driving. The police chief in Billings says three burglary suspects drove a car toward an officer walking down a narrow alley, leading the officer to...


Evening Newscast 11-02-18

Preparations are underway in Gallatin County for President Donald Trump’s fourth visit to Montana since July tomorrow. Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is planning to testify before a legislative committee later this month about two contracts his office awarded. A U.S. Senator who advocates for selling off federal public lands is in Montana campaigning for Senate hopeful Republican Matt Rosendale today.


Evening Newscast 11-01-18

A Montana Assistant U.S. Attorney will serve as the state’s Election Officer for the November 6 th general election. Yellowstone National Park officials soon will close most of the park's entrances to prepare for the winter season. Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is telling county election officials to keep tabs on foreign election observers invited to monitor U.S. elections.


Evening Newscast 10-31-18

This morning, the libertarian candidate in the race for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat told reporters he’s endorsing Republican Matt Rosendale in that race. This week, Butte locals will get an up close look at what the city’s major creek corridors could look like in the future, once the Superfund cleanup is finished. Locked-out union workers have approved a three-year contract with the owners of a Three Forks talc-milling plant after 90 days on the picket lines.


Evening Newscast 10-30-18

Montana voters who have not yet mailed in their absentee ballot are out of time to do so and county election officials now suggest hand delivering ballots to make sure they are counted. Police destroyed items left outside a Billings television station that resembled a bomb Monday night. The University of Montana has confirmed that former White House strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to appear in person at a conference taking place at the university in December.


Evening Newscast 10-29-18

President Donald Trump has confirmed he’ll visit Montana one more time Saturday, to spur his conservative base, three days before the midterm election, at a rally at Bozeman Yellowstone International airport. Senator Tester is making three campaign stops today. Minnesota-based Cordillera Communications is selling all 16 of its television stations, including nine in Montana.


Evening Newscast 10-26-18

A record-smashing $60 million in campaign donations and outside spending has gone into Montana's contentious U.S. Senate race as Democrats seek to hold on to the seat in a Trump-leaning state. Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is firing back at Attorney General Tim Fox for saying Stapleton needlessly hired a Republican political consultant's wife to represent him instead of using lawyers from the attorney general's office.


Evening Newscast 10-25-18

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is facing new criticism for awarding an additional state contract to his political allies. An attorney for a reporter assaulted by U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte has sent a cease-and-desist letter warning the Republican congressman not to lie about the attack as he campaigns for re-election. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved pursuing the purchase of nearly 5,000 acres of the Big Belt Mountains southeast of Helena for the...


Evening Newscast 10-24-18

The company that won a $265,000 contract to send mailers fixing mistakes in Montana's election guide is owned by a Republican political consultant and former head of the state GOP. A Republican National Committee official says a recent mailer unintentionally included an error about Montana's absentee ballot deadline. A newly released poll says Republican Greg Gianforte has a seven point lead over Democrat Kathleen Williams in the race for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House.


Evening Newscast 10-23-18

A tobacco company has dumped nearly $5 million more into the campaign to defeat a Montana ballot initiative in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election. A federal program for tribes to access national crime information databases is expanding. The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has spent nearly $5 million to influence the outcome of Montana U.S. Senate race, stumped on behalf of Matt Rosendale in Montana Tuesday during a get-out-the vote tour.


Evening Newscast 10-22-18

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is suing the state's attorney general over whether the Democratic governor has the authority to unilaterally approve conservation easements. Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle plan an eight-stop bus tour through Montana this weekend to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale and incumbent Congressman Greg Gianforte. Crews resumed searching today for a 77-year-old Florence man who went missing southeast...


Evening Newscast 10-19-18

Police in Missoula are searching for a 27-year-old man they consider a 'person of interest' in the shooting deaths of two people at a motel on West Broadway Street. A company looking to open a coal mine in Wyoming has re-submitted a state permit application. Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in September, the lowest rate in just over 11 years. The U.S. government is trying again to stop a high-profile climate change lawsuit days before young activists...


Evening Newscast 10-18-18

Thousands of people are swarming to Missoula’s airport, and have been all day, trying to get into the hangar where President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak Thursday night. Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Officials in a western Montana county are trying to get the word out that inaccurate instructions were mailed with 1,250 absentee ballots for the...


Evening Newscast 10-17-18

Exact logistical details for President Trump’s rally at the Missoula airport Thursday still haven’t been made public. The University of Montana says 22 faculty members have agreed to leave their jobs within the next three years. As President Trump’s visit to Missoula Thursday energizes both his supporters and protestors, a caretaker for Mt. Sentinel says using the hillside’s iconic 100-foot tall, white “M” for political messaging causes damage to the mountain.