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 State News    February 26, 2015

Bill easing penalty for guns at school dies in House

Hi-Line lawmakers: Reps. Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, Mike Lang, R-Malta, Roy Hollandsowrth, R-Brady, voted for the bill. Rep, Bruce Meyers, R-Box Elder, voted for it on the first go-round, but voted against it when it came back tot the floor. HELENA... Full story

 State News    February 26, 2015

Senate endorses campaign-reform bill requiring disclosure 

HELENA (AP) — Montana senators endorsed a measure Thursday that would require more disclosure surrounding campaign donations. Republican Sen. Duane Ankney's Senate Bill 289, which is backed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, would require... Full story

 State News    February 24, 2015

Montana House kills repeal of death penalty on tie vote

HELENA (AP) — Representatives have voted down a bill that would end capital punishment in Montana. Members of the House of Representatives voted 50-50 on Monday to fail House Bill 370 on second reading. Three Democrats and 47 Republicans voted... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

Water deal between tribes, state passes first hurdle

HELENA (AP) - State senators on Friday advanced a bill that would settle water rights on the Flathead Reservation among American Indian tribes, the state and federal government. Members of the... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

2 bills aiming to lower high suicide rates advance

HELENA (AP) — Two bills aiming to lower Montana's extremely high suicide rate advanced in the Legislature Friday. A bill requiring suicide prevention training for health care providers narrowly passed a House committee, while a measure requiring si... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

Khloe, Kim Kardashian safe after Bozeman traffic accident

BOZEMAN (AP) — Khloe and Kim Kardashian are safe after the vehicle they were in slid off a Montana road and into a ditch on Saturday. Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Mark Wilfore says the accident occurred before noon on a highway between Bozeman and... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

House passes bill to drug test some welfare applicants

(Rep. Stephanie Hess, R-Havre, voted no. Reps. Roy Hollandsworth, R-Brady, Bruce Meyers, R-Box Elder, and Mike Lang, R-Malta, voted yes.) HELENA (AP) — The House has passed a measure that would require certain welfare applicants to take drug tests... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

Head Start school shut down after traces of meth found

ARLEE (AP) — A Head Start school in Arlee has been shut down after officials found traces of a drug and drug paraphernalia. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes spokesman Rob McDonald says an unused pipe was found in the Early Child Service... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

Man sues MSU alleging harassment, discrimination

BOZEMAN (AP) — A former janitor at Montana State University is suing the college over how he was treated by co-workers. Akram Zahran filed the lawsuit this past week in Gallatin County District Court against MSU, two co-workers and a supervisor.... Full story

 State News    February 20, 2015

Study: Montana's high tech industry is thriving

HELENA (AP) — Montana's high-tech industries are booming, and the growth isn't showing signs of stopping, a new study reports. The study by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research showed that wages in those industries... Full story

 State News    February 18, 2015

US Sen. Daines urges lawmakers to find Montana solutions

HELENA (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines railed against Washington D.C. politics and told Montana lawmakers that solutions to the state's problems need to come from them. Daines addressed a joint session of the House and Senate Wednesday,... Full story

 By ALISON NOON    State News    February 18, 2015

New law stiffens penalty for swindling the elderly

HELENA (AP) — A new law in Montana will increase penalties for swindling elderly and disabled people. Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday signed House Bill 57 sponsored by Rep. Moffie Funk. The law will increase punishments for people convicted of... Full story

 By ALISON NOON    State News    February 13, 2015

Senate hears about GOP tax-cut plan

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State senators on Friday heard the first of two Republican representatives' plans to lower income taxes. Republican Rep. Keith Regier introduced in the Senate Taxation Committee a measure to permanently cut income taxes in ever... Full story

 By PERRY BACKUS    State News    February 13, 2015

Horse gets stuck in the mud

VICTOR (AP) — When members of the Victor Volunteer Fire Department were called out to a nearby ranch for a horse stuck in the mud, none of them could have imagined the challenge they'd soon face. "When we arrived, all you could see sticking out of... Full story

 State News    February 13, 2015

Effort renewed to abolish death penalty in Montana

HELENA (AP) — Before the hearing began Friday at the Capitol on a bill that would abolish the death penalty, its sponsor Rep. Doc Moore warned the testimony would be "raw." The Republican form Missoula introduced House Bill 370 in the House... Full story

 State News    February 13, 2015

Graduate of treatment court gets 4 years for 10th DUI

BILLINGS (AP) — A 54-year-old man who graduated from an impaired driving treatment court has been sentenced to four years in prison for a 10th DUI conviction. Yellowstone County District Court Judge Ingrid Gustafson handed down the sentence Friday... Full story

 State News    February 12, 2015

Missoula man gets 70 years in German exchange student's death

MISSOULA (AP) - A Montana man wasn't defending his family but rather hunting someone when he shot and killed a German high school student who was trespassing in his garage, a judge said Thursday as he... Full story

 State News    February 11, 2015

University of Montana to host summer institute on indigenous studies

Press release MISSOULA — The University of Montana will host a National Endowment for the Humanities 2015 Summer Institute titled “Indigenous Literary Studies through Global Conversations” June 22-July 17. The tuition-free, four-week...

 By Michael Wright    State News    February 11, 2015

Highlights of Wednesday's legislative action

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 State News    February 11, 2015

Committee hears bills to expand Montana gun laws 
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HELENA (AP) — Republican lawmakers have proposed three bills in the House Judiciary Committee to augment Montana gun laws. Rep. Kerry White's House Bill 371 would allow people with concealed carry licenses to take concealed guns into bars and... Full story

 State News    February 11, 2015

Group seeks anti-abortion amendment to Montana constitution 

HELENA (AP) - Members of an anti-abortion group gathered Wednesday at the Montana Capitol in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would define human life as beginning at... Full story

 By Michael Wright    State News    February 10, 2015

Tuesday's events at Montana Legislature

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 State News    February 9, 2015

Early education, tax cuts, drones and public tracing at the Legislature

By Michael Wright Community News Service UM School of Journalism In her address to a joint session of the Montana Legislature last week, Superintendent Denise Juneau praised Montana’s schools and called for more investment in them. “We have a... Full story

 State News    February 6, 2015

Friday activities at Legislature

Community News Service reporter Michael Wright takes a look at activities at the state Capitol on Friday. https://storify.com/MichaelJWright/today-feb-6-at-mtleg​... Full story

 State News    February 5, 2015

Laurel fiberglass tank manufacturing business burns

LAUREL (AP) — The main building of a southeastern Montana company that make fiberglass tanks for use in oil fields was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, company officials said. Heavy, black smoke rose into the air as firefighters from Billings... Full story


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