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 State News    October 17, 2014

University of Montana Western hires chancellor

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

 By LISA BAUMANN Associated Press    State News    October 17, 2014

CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

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

 State News    October 13, 2014

Bullock proposes early childhood education program

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

 State News    October 6, 2014

Polson newspaper editor arrested at crash scene

KALISPELL (AP) — Authorities arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper in Polson while he was taking photographs at the scene of a non-fatal highway crash in Montana. Vince Lovato, 53, was accused of interfering with the investigation of a head-on... Full story

 State News    October 6, 2014

Montana's gay marriage decision could come sooner

HELENA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's denial of five states' appeals against gay marriage is a good sign for those challenging marriage bans in other states, such as Montana, according to an official with the Montana ACLU. The organization's... Full story

 State News    October 3, 2014

Lewis, Zinke debate with absentee voting to begin

BOZEMAN (AP) — Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke debated topics from health care to U.S. intervention in Iraq in a meeting Saturday that turned edgy as each candidate looks to set himself apart with absentee voting about to begin in... Full story

 State News    October 2, 2014

Walk to defeat ALS is this weekend in Missoula

MISSOULA — The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter’s 8th annual Missoula Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at McCormick Park in Missoula on Saturday. Pam Hillery and Brendan Brady, two Havre people with ALS, will be participating with their famili...

 State News    September 26, 2014

Teacher gets 10 years prison in student rape

BILLINGS (AP) —A Montana teacher was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison in a notorious student rape case that dragged on for years and led to the censure of a judge who partially blamed the victim. Stacey Dean Rambold, 55, was resentenced by a... Full story

 State News    September 26, 2014

-Driver accused of abandoning chicken truck found

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in Idaho have arrested the driver thought to have abandoned a trailer containing 37,000 pounds of rotten chicken at a western Montana truck stop. The Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force in Meridian found Christopher... Full story

 State News    September 26, 2014

Commissioner rules for Fox in campaign complaint

HELENA (AP) — The Montana commissioner of political practices has dismissed a citizen's complaint that Attorney General Tim Fox improperly accepted $47,000 in excess campaign contributions during his 2012 campaign. Commissioner Jonathan Motl said... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN AP    State News    September 19, 2014

Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs

BILLINGS (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that Montana can meet the Obama administration's goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate the bulk of the state's... Full story

 State News    September 19, 2014

Lewistown gay couple denied Communion after marriage

BILLINGS (AP) — A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year... Full story

 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


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