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Proposed budget cuts could make the overcrowding at Montana’s jails and prisons worse. Groups supporting local law enforcement warned lawmakers of potential consequences of the coming cuts during the Law and Justice Interim Committee this afternoon.

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An appeals court granted a request Monday from President Donald Trump's administration to halt a plan for new pollution controls at Utah's oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near national parks.

The National Park Service will use skilled shooters, capture and other methods to reduce the Grand Canyon's bison population by more than half.

Montana State University officials will ask the state Board of Regents to approve spending to design a new campus residence hall.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for two wildfires in northwestern Montana.

Firefighters in Montana are using sprinklers and hoses to try to protect strategic locations near some of the over two dozen wildfires burning in the state.

Missoula County officials downgraded some evacuation orders to evacuation warnings in the Seeley Lake area Sunday.

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State agriculture officials in the Northern Plains have divided up 16 semi-loads of hay donated from around the country to help drought-stricken ranchers in the region.

Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says he will not ask state colleges to review their policies about how to handle sexual assault allegations until he gets more detail on changes from the federal government.

Republican Senator Steve Daines hosted Chinese ambassador Chui Tian Kai at a ranch near Belgrade today.

A popular high school cross country meet  in the Flathead has been canceled due to wildfire smoke.

As fires continue to rage, some in Montana are calling for fundamental changes in government forest management policies; that sentiment is being echoed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.



Montana Gov. Steve Bullock asked the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency today to make it easier for the state to request wildfire assistance.


Authorities report no serious injuries after a tour bus collided with an oil field truck in southwest Wyoming.

Montana environmental regulators have granted a wastewater discharge permit for a company that wants to bottle drinking water east of Kalispell.

Evacuations were lifted today on the East Fork Fire burning south of Havre.

The Hill County Sheriff’s Department allowed people back into their homes on Sucker Creek Road and Taylor road. Around twenty people were under the evacuation orders.

Wind-driven wildfires have destroyed more homes in northwestern and central Montana.

Environmental regulators say they've detected potentially unsafe levels of bacteria in two creeks in a popular Wyoming tourist destination.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will give out 100 cans of bear-deterring spray to hunters at the regional office in Cody.

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So far this year, more than 1,500 fires have burned 937 square miles in Montana. The fires have already drained the state's firefighting reserve fund and an emergency fund, and there is no end in sight for the hot, dry weather that the fires are feeding on.

Authorities have removed 20 dogs from a Wyoming house after an animal control officer noticed them suffering from a variety of ailments, including dehydration and malnutrition.

A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper has appealed the 15-year prison sentence he received in 2009. Franklin Ryle filed his appeal recently in US District Court. Ryle was sent to prison after pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of a man he kidnapped in January 2009.

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A Houston Ballet instructor who is stranded in Montana decided to make extra use of her time in the state by teaching kids.

Just like in the science-fiction movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," UFO enthusiasts are being drawn to a strange geological formation in Wyoming.

Smoke from wildfires has led Xanterra Parks and Resorts to close Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park for the season.

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The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a judge's ruling that the City of Billings owes 27 current and former police officers $2.7 million in back pay, costs and penalties in a dispute over how longevity pay should be calculated.

Time is running out for drought-impacted ranchers in the Northern Plains to apply for a hay lottery -- the application deadline for ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana is Thursday.

The Wyoming Supreme Court has suspended the former supervising attorney for the Cody public defender's office for two years.