YPR Evening Newscast

Evening Newscast: Thursday, July 20

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A coal power plant owes 2-million-dollars in property taxes to Big Horn County in southern Montana.

A 19-year-old Missoula resident was killed while fighting a fire near Seeley Lake yesterday.

Police arrested a woman in connection with a house fire in western Montana and investigators say she also is a "person of interest" in another fire that gutted a historic mansion.

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Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

The Montana fire marshal's office is helping Anaconda police investigate two fires that happened less than two days apart on the same street in downtown Anaconda, including one that destroyed a historic mansion.

An attorney for a group fighting the Keystone XL pipeline says the organization plans to appeal a South Dakota judge's decision upholding state regulators' approval for the pipeline to cross the state.

Evening Newscast: Tuesday, July 18

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is downplaying his national political ambitions even as he sets up a committee that would pay for his travel to political events across the country.

The coal industry in Wyoming has started to rebound but companies are hesitant to hire many workers because of lingering uncertainty.

U.S. coal exports rose sharply in early 2017 amid increased demand in Asia and Europe.

Evening Newscast: Monday, July 17

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock was chosen as vice chair of the National Governors Association during its summer meeting last week in Rhode Island.

Montana's chief political watchdog says the chairman of Montana Public Service Commission broke ethics laws when he used office resources to write a column that disparaged a candidate for the regulatory body in last year's election.

A company that has a Boeing 747 bomber that can drop more than 19,000 gallons of retardant on wildfires says federal officials are keeping it grounded and that puts homes and ground based firefighters at risk.

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Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester wants to know how the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 federal budget will affect the Indian Health Service.

 

Tester turned to the troubled agency’s new Acting Director, Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, for answers Wednesday. It did not go well.

 

Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, was "horrified" as she cited statistics and quoted lines from a Wall Street Journal article about how the IHS fails Native Americans

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officers are investigating the July fire burning south of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation as a suspected human-caused fire.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials, under pressure from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, have loosened boating restrictions enacted when invasive mussels were found in Montana reservoir about 100 miles from the park.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state Attorney General's Office has the green light from the federal government to begin testing hundreds of rape kits that had been sitting untouched in evidence lockers across the state.

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Petroleum Association of Wyoming President Bruce Hinchey is touting a budding rebound for Wyoming oil, especially for the Powder River Basin and Campbell County.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. officials have released an early plan for what could become one of the biggest natural gas fields in the nation.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In April, a Montana woman sued the publisher of a neo-Nazi website for orchestrating an anti-Semitic online trolling campaign against her family. Nearly three months later, her attorneys are still trying to find him.

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 952.

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LINCOLN, Mont. (AP) — An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing for more oil and gas development on federal lands with faster permitting and more frequent sales of drilling rights.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes, clans and leaders from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government's recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates their religious freedom.

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