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Evening Newscast 11-17-17

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Montana U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving California tax exemptions for claiming his house near San Diego as a primary residence.

More than 16,000 residents residences between Polson and Eureka lost power this morning when a major electrical line failed.

Yesterday Republicans pushed a massive tax overhaul through the U.S. House, now a similar plan will be debated in the Senate. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But Montana’s Democratic Senator, Jon Tester, isn’t a fan.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to a special edition of "Capitol Talk" our political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk And I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Chuck, the Legislature met in special session for three days this week to deal with a $227 million budget shortfall. And they've come up with a combination of cuts and transfers and fees to deal with it but not with any new tax increases as the governor had proposed. Republicans of course control the House and Senate, and Chuck they got a lot of what they wanted out of this special session.

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, and The Psychedelic Circus arrives this Friday night to brighten your day!  Join Joan Richarde and Doc Sandoz Friday, Nov. 17, as they mine psychedelic musical gems from 10 p.m. to midnight.  We guarantee a musically induced trip to distant corners of the known universe. Fasten your seat-belt and come along for the ride!

Democrats in Butte last night got a chance to try to find differences between five candidates running for their party's nomination to challenge Congressman Greg Gianforte next year.

Surprise: The candidates agreed on a lot. But over two hours and more than a dozen questions, some differences did emerge.

Evening Newscast 11-16-17

Nov 16, 2017

Five of the six Democrats running for their party's nomination to challenge Congressman Greg Gianforte will be at a forum in Butte tonight.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for leads on who was responsible for shooting a crop dusting plane in southwestern Montana.

The Montana Legislature wrapped up the special session to fix the state’s overburdened budget early Thursday morning. Corin Cates-Carney has been covering the fast-paced developments all week. He’s here with us now to give us highlights from this week’s special session.

Climate change activists and elected officials in Washington state are criticizing Puget Sound Energy's new long-range power generation plan. They say the utility isn't moving fast enough toward 100 percent renewable energy sources. That includes stating definitively that Puget Sound will shut down the Colstrip electricity plant in 2025.

Nathanial Jones, the mayor pro tem of Olympia, Washington, says rising sea levels due to climate change threaten billions of dollars worth of development in his city.

Organizers bringing Wyoming-based property rights attorney Karen Budd-Falen to Hamilton this weekend say tickets are going fast.

Budd-Falen's critics, meanwhile, say they'll attend the weekend workshop to make it clear that public lands should stay in public hands.

"... We can never understand how a group might do something that goes against its own best interest, but women were influenced by their husbands and their fathers and then they really did believe — I mean there were strong beliefs — that a woman’s place was in the home, and they don’t need to vote, and they have influence through their husbands or their men who can vote, and that’s enough." -- Beth Judy

Author Beth Judy talks about her book "Bold Women In Montana History" on this episode of "The Write Question."

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