Government & Politics

Nate Hegyi / YPR

On Tuesday, the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, giving Congress six months to pass replacement legislation. But as illegal immigration is debated nationally, it’s also affecting a small community in northeastern Montana. 

On the Senate floor Wednesday, both of Montana's senators gave 10-minute speeches about wildfires in Montana.

"Climate change is real, and we can't continue to sit on the sidelines," Democratic Senator Jon Tester said.

Republican Senator Steve Daines focused on, "The mis-management of our federal forests, and these radical environmentalists."

Both Daines and Tester talked about Montana's fires in the context of the nation's attention being primarily on hurricanes at the moment.

The Montana Governor’s Office released its annual labor report today, touting economic growth and strength along with a low state unemployment rate.

Montana Department of Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy joined Governor Steve Bullock in the Capitol Tuesday to release the report.

Emma Kerr Carpenter

Protesters gathered at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in downtown Billings Tuesday to memorialize one month since a man who entered the country illegally was arrested and detained. 

Governor Steve Bullock’s office said today that state agencies must cut their budgets an additional 10 percent, in order to avoid a $227 million budget shortfall within two years.

Those cuts would be in addition to spending reductions that were triggered earlier this month by low revenue results, plus previous cuts to many state agencies included in the two year budget passed last spring.

Courtesy of Becky Edwards / Montana Mountain Mamas

Over a dozen organizations and thousands of self-described "Mountain Mamas" in Montana are demanding transparency from the Interior Department.

They want to understand the criteria Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke used for his proposed changes to national monument boundaries.

The Missoula Police Department took a report Monday morning from a man claiming he’d just shot someone in a downtown apartment and was holding several hostages.

"The male demanded a $20,000 ransom. So, officers from the Missoula Police Department, the sheriff’s department and the FBI responded,” says Missoula Police Lieutenant Bob Bouchee.

Two extraordinary things happened at the incident command post for the Lolo Peak Fire Thursday. One, it rained a little. The National Weather Service said .01 inches of precipitation came down mid-day. Two, a pair of cabinet secretaries, a U.S. Senator, and Montana’s congressman visited.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Thursday recommended boundary revisions for some national monuments, after being directed to review them by President Donald Trump in April. He gave those recommendations to the President, but did not release details.

High Court Upholds Verdict In Wittich Corruption Case

Aug 24, 2017

In a 5-0 decision, Montana’s Supreme Court ruled against former State Representative Art Wittich in a campaign finance case that dates back to 2010.

Journalist John Adams of The Montana Free Press spoke to Wittich today. Adams joined us  from Helena.

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