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BILLINGS (AP) - A Colorado man was sentenced Monday to 80 years in prison for killing a Montana teacher in a case that emerged as a chilling example of the social changes brought by the Northern Plain... Full story
MISSOULA (AP) — The defense rested its case Monday in the murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student inside the man's garage. Markus Kaarma fired four shots into his garage early April 27, killing 17-year-old Diren... Full story
BOZEMAN (AP) — A Montana State University student was hospitalized with burns over more than half his body after an explosion in his dorm room. University spokesman Tracy Ellig tells The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/15RRJFD ) the student... Full story
From Montana Stockgrowers During next week’s 130th Annual Convention of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, ranchers will have the opportunity to attend several Cattlemen’s College education workshops, ranging from animal reproduction and... Full story
HELENA -— Outside groups poured at least $1.36 million in a Montana Supreme Court race that was supposed to be nonpartisan, demonstrating how increased political spending by interest groups has spilled over to down-ticket races. A group backed by... Full story
BILLINGS (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sought to enlist the business community to help him promote to skeptical lawmakers a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana. Doubtful lawmake... Full story
Staff and wire report The Montana Board of Public Education approved Friday standards that will be a part of Gov. Steve Bullock’s Early Edge plan, if legislature approves the funding for it in 2015. According to a press release from the...
MISSOULA (AP) — A man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula. Court records show Markus Kaarma pleaded guilty in 2003 to an assault charge in Seattle Municipal Court... Full story
GREAT FALLS (AP) — A federal judge has vacated a hearing scheduled for next week in Great Falls to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage. The four gay couples who sued to overturn the ban along with Attorney General... Full story
HELENA (AP) — Republican members of the Montana House have held a caucus meeting after-hours and away from the Capitol. The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/11oigIQ) that about 50 Republican lawmakers met late Thursday in the... Full story
Special to the Daily News HELENA — Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation and several other co-sponsoring conservation and historical organizations are about to announce the first round of inductees into the newly formed Montana Outdoor Hall of...
Special to the Daily News HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Commerce are celebrating 125 years of statehood by giving residents a chance to own an iconic piece of Montana...
HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock's administration and three public employee unions have agreed to give most state employees raises next year and the year after. The increases of 50 cents an hour would take effect in October 2015 and October 2016.... Full story
BOZEMAN (AP) — Advocates of same-sex marriage predict gay marriage soon will be a reality in Montana. Four gay couples filed suit in May seeking the right to marry in Montana. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is scheduled to hear arguments in that... Full story
HELENA (AP) — Montana Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester has taken his campaign for campaign finance reform to Harvard Law School. He told a group of law professors and federal election officials there Friday that big money and a wealthy few are... Full story
HELENA — U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis hasn't had much time to introduce herself to Montana voters since becoming the Democratic nominee in August, but she's getting a boost from the party's biggest names in the final days before Tuesday's... Full story
HELENA (AP) — The presidents of Stanford University and Dartmouth College are sending 100,000 letters to Montana residents apologizing for and disavowing election mailers sent by political science researchers. The mailers sent last week rate... Full story
SIDNEY — A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime. Montana District Judge Richard Simonton accepted Michael Keith Spell's... Full story
BUTTE (AP) — University of Montana Western officials say the provost of Southwest Minnesota State University has been hired as the Dillon school's chancellor. The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/11LCN9U) Beth Weatherby will begin her new... Full story
HELENA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis has posted her first and perhaps only television ad, a major accomplishment for a candidate who entered the race in mid-August with no money. The ad features Curtis meeting with Montanans... Full story
HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock is proposing a $37 million early childhood education program that would make half-day, pre-kindergarten programs available to 4-year-olds. Bullock was in Billings Monday to talk about Early Edge Montana. Under the... Full story