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 By Tim Leeds    State News    September 16, 2014

Tester calls on colleagues to keep government running

Montana’s U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a press conference Monday that his colleagues in Congress need to put politics aside and pass a resolution to keep the government operating, and not repeat the 16-day government shutdown of last year. “The...

 By AP    State News    September 15, 2014

US may work with Iran against terrorists

PARIS — Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants “by any means necessary” as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary. Iran and the United States ruled out coordinating with each...

 By AP    State News    September 15, 2014

Daines seeks to woo Indian Country voters

HELENA - A delegation from Montana's Crow Tribe met with Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer back in March to present him with a resolution affirming Israel's right to exist and offer support from one...

 By AP    State News    September 12, 2014

Update: Box Elder man charged in BLM fraud

2 former BLM employees charged with fraud BILLINGS (AP) — Two former Bureau of Land Management employees in Virginia are charged with defrauding the government, one by abandoning his federal job and returning to Montana to work for the Chippewa... Full story

 By RACHELLE BLIDNER JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press    State News    September 11, 2014

9/11 services held in open plaza

NEW YORK - With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused this morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack at the hallowed site that has been transfor...

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    September 9, 2014

Lawsuit slams ex-Plain Green execs

Correction: HELENA (AP) — In a story Sept. 8 about tribal payday lending, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much revenue from the Chippewa Cree tribe's online lending company was received by three tribal members. It was 7 percent, not... Full story

 State News    September 9, 2014

Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf sentenced to 5 years

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation. A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won't... Full story

 By Tim Leeds    State News    September 5, 2014

Local legislative races full and running

While the state focus primarily is on the race for the local Senate race between Republican Kris Hansen and Democrat Kris Hansen, battles are ongoing in every local race, in newly revised House districts. Watch for in-depth candidate profiles of...

 By Tim Leeds    State News    September 5, 2014

Following the money: Hansen raises $23K by primary, Jergeson $15K

In a closely watched Senate race, the money had been pouring in by the time the last official report was filed a few weeks after the primary election. By her candidate campaign report in the race for Senate District 14 filed June 5, Rep. Kris...

 By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press    State News    August 29, 2014

Montana report: Jobs outlook good through 2015

HELENA (AP) — Montana ranks fifth in the country for employment growth, but it faces slower growth in the future as many members of an aging workforce retire, state officials said Friday. The Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Day report... Full story

 State News    August 29, 2014

Flooding hits Hi-Line, may affect crops

BILLINGS (AP) — Flooding has damaged bridges and blocked and washed out roads along Montana's Hi-Line. The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1nKQ6M9) storms dropped 4 to 8 inches of rain from Glasgow to Malta between Aug. 21 and Aug. 25.... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    August 27, 2014

Judge rejects Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA (AP) — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office. Sen. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, made the... Full story

 By The Associated Press    State News    August 13, 2014

5 Things to Know in Montana for Aug. 14

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. MSU-NORTHERN COACH RESIGNS: HAVRE — Montana State University-Northern officials say Mark Samson has resigned as the Lights' head football coach. Wednesday... Full story

 By Lisa Baumann and Matthew Brown - Associated Press    State News    August 8, 2014

Walsh departure leaves Democrats scrambling

LISA BAUMANN MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press HELENA - Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh's abrupt... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    August 6, 2014

Walsh mum on whether he's leaving race

HELENA (AP) — Sen. John Walsh was taking personal time at his Helena home as his campaign canceled events and avoided questions about whether the Montana Democrat plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a...

 By The Associated Press    State News    August 6, 2014

5 Things to Know in Montana for Aug. 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. DEMOCRATS LOOK AT STEPS NEEDED FOR NEW SENATE CANDIDATE: Sen. John Walsh hasn't made a public appearance since the weekend, and Montana Democrats are reviewing... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN LISA BAUMANN    State News    August 4, 2014

US House candidates' energy plans reveal contrasts

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana's U.S. House candidates claim to offer "all-of-the-above" solutions to the nation's energy problems— a familiar mantra among politicians keen to give equal attention to fossil fuels and renewables such as wind and solar.... Full story

 By The Associated Press    State News    August 4, 2014

5 Things to Know in Montana for Aug. 5

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS LIKELY TO STICK THROUGH ELECTIONS: Officials say a court decision on whether individuals and political parties can give unlimited a... Full story

 By LISA BAUMANN - Associated Press    State News    July 31, 2014

Little Shell: Remove 'halfbreed' from place names

HELENA — The time has come to remove the words "halfbreed" and "breed" from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around Montana, according to leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Nicholas Vrooman, who works with the tribe,... Full story

 State News    July 31, 2014

Army War College to make final decision on Walsh

HELENA (AP) — The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana. Spokeswoman Carol Kerr said Wednesday that the Department of Defense and... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    July 31, 2014

Malta-area prairie reserve tops 300,000 acres

BILLINGS (AP) — A private conservation reserve taking shape on north-central Montana's open prairie now spans more than 300,000 acres — or almost 470 square miles — with the addition of a large parcel south of Malta that was disclosed... Full story

 State News    July 31, 2014

Voting office to open on Blackfeet reservation

HELENA (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says a satellite voting office will open on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation for late voter registration and in-person absentee voting. Thursday's announcement means satellite offices will... Full story

 State News    July 31, 2014

California couple guilty in 115-pound pot bust

COLUMBUS (AP) — Two California residents have pleaded guilty to drug charges after being stopped on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana with 115 pounds of marijuana in their rental car. Rick Franklin Voight, 37, and Dawn Delores Voight, 41,... Full story

 By The Associated Press    State News    July 31, 2014

5 Things to Know in Montana for Aug. 1

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. PRAIRIE RESERVE GROWS TO 300K ACRES: A private conservation reserve on north-central Montana's open prairie now spans more than 300,000 acres with the addition... Full story

 By Matt Volz - Associated Press    State News    July 30, 2014

Defense Department to oversee Walsh plagiarism probe

HELENA - The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana... Full story


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