Corin Cates-Carney

Corin Cates-Carney is the Flathead Valley reporter for MTPR.

Corin has worked for NPR, and is a UM Journalism School Graduate.

There’s a “strong possibility” that Montana will have to call a special legislative session if the state is correct in how it's interpreting recently-passed changes to federal tax laws. That’s according to state Department of Revenue Director Mike Kadas.

A Missoula Democratic state senator is leaving her seat and stepping into the role of deputy director of state corrections.

The Montana Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that Senator Cynthia Wolken was selected to help lead the department along with Director Reginald Michael.

A federal mediator is stepping in to help arbitrate a dispute between a new union of recently laid-off mental health care workers and their Missoula-based employer.

Today, the union and Western Montana Mental Health Center confirmed they will meet Tuesday.

The state health department is cutting ties at the end of March with private contractors who help people with developmental disabilities.


A group of state lawmakers on Thursday lifted a block on cuts to how much Montana pays doctors and other health professionals who serve Medicaid patients.


Last week Montana Public Radio reported about coming layoffs at the state’s largest community mental healthcare provider.

Employees at Missoula-based Western Montana Mental Health told us about 50 case managers there were being laid off due to state government cutting Medicaid payments.

The organization confirmed the cuts Monday, and today we’re hearing from its CEO, Jodi Daly.

State lawmakers are considering a plan to lift a block on nearly $7 million in state budget cuts.

In November, an interim legislative committee put a hold on a cut passed this year to the amount the state pays healthcare providers who take Medicaid. Now, some members of that committee want to lift that hold, meaning the pay cut would take place immediately, instead of in 2019.

State budget cuts mean about 200 clients of one of Montana’s largest mental health care providers could lose their services next month. That’s according to employees of Western Montana Mental Health Center, who say they’re losing their jobs.

Employees say they were told yesterday that they’ll be out of a job in January.

The Republicans in Montana’s congressional delegation praised the Federal Communications Commission’s vote Thursday to dismantle Obama-era regulations on so-called internet neutrality. Democrat Jon Tester said it will be bad for Montana entrepreneurs.

Environmental groups and renewable energy companies are suing Montana regulators in an attempt to strike down new rules that limit how they can sell solar energy.

Renewable energy advocates say a recent order from the Public Service Commission violates state and federal law and unfairly targets their industry, a notion that state regulators reject.

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