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Evening Newscast 01-19-18

Jan 19, 2018

Montana has enough money to continue funding the Children's Health Insurance Program through mid-March.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's commission has asked wildlife managers to draft grizzly hunting regulations for grizzly hunts that could begin as early as this fall in Wyoming.

At a legislative hearing today in Helena, the state health department faced accusations from law enforcement that it’s not readily sharing evidence that could protect kids who are being exposed to meth.

Montana now has drug incinerators in Butte, Great Falls and Billings.

At a legislative hearing today in Helena, the state health department faced accusations from law enforcement that it’s not readily sharing evidence that could protect kids who are being exposed to meth.

Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher wasted no time with state lawmakers today in Helena, saying, "one of my passions is kids and I don’t much like bureaucrats.”

Nevada rancher and anti-federal government activist Cliven Bundy is slated to speak in the town of Paradise Saturday, January 20, 2018. He and Montana elected officials were invited to speak by a local group.

Tester Admonishes Congress For Treading Water On Federal Spending Bill

Senator Jon Tester blasted his colleagues in Congress today for continued failure to pass a long-term federal spending bill.

Congress has been relying on short-term spending bills to support vital programs since government funding ran out 110 days ago.

Evening Newscast 01-18-18

Jan 18, 2018

A new analysis of the federal tax bill by Governor Steve Bullock’s office today estimates Montana will see a 20 million dollar decline in revenue over the next two years.

A former Montana House majority leader has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.

The National Park Service says it found some of the 52 bison that escaped from holding pens in Yellowstone National Park.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the Montana County attorney who has implemented an immediate ‘crackdown’ on pregnant women found to be using drugs or alcohol never consulted with him.

Last week the Trump administration made a historic change to Medicaid, the health coverage program that’s jointly funded by the states and federal government. For the first time, states were given the OK to require Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for health coverage.

Republican lawmakers tried to do that in Montana 2015, but the Obama administration said no.

Governor Steve Bullock’s budget director today said the federal tax bill passed by Congress is expected to result in a $20 million loss in state revenue over the next two years. And that loss is not significant enough to call a special legislative session or require further cuts to government spending.

"There are a lot of different kinds of outsiders in Montana. There are a lot of white outsiders who are setting themselves apart, whether by living in compounds, or living off the land, or just living an alternative lifestyle. Montana is certainly a lot more multicultural than it was when I was growing up. . .The choice of having Sid come from Mumbai in particular. . . I mean this is ultimately a story about climate change, about the environment. Maybe it was just  too neat and dramatic of a pairing, but given that he finds himself in the dry, arid, continually burning place, I was just casting about trying to find something that felt like the opposite of that and thinking about the floods that the people of Mumbai had faced, it just kind of sprang unbidden." -- Keir Graff

For over a decade, Sam Beam has been creating music under the name Iron And Wine. Beam's cinematic songs have charmed listeners through five albums, numerous EPs and singles and the Archive series. Sam stopped by MTPR’s studios in fall 2017, where he recorded acoustic versions of several of his most popular songs and talked with host John Floridis about trusting his own trajectory and "getting lost in your own process and enthusiasms, because that's your only duty, as an artist." 

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