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Evening Newscast: Monday, July 24

Jul 24, 2017
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A rural school in central Wyoming is on track to reopen this fall after being closed due to leaking gas from a nearby oil field.

Federal officials say a punishing drought that stretches across much of the U.S. Northern Plains is expected to cause farmers to lose 64 million bushels of wheat production this year.

The largest in the nation is burning right now in Montana, and it's the size of New York City. The 353 sq. mile Lodgepole Complex fire burning in Garfield and Petroleum counties in eastern Montana.

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Congressman Greg Gianforte says the Senate needs to do its job and pass a bill on health care. This on the news that the Senate Majority Leader plans to hold a vote next week, even though it's unclear what lawmakers will be voting on.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he is removing Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients from a list of national monuments being reviewed nationwide.

Evening Newscast: Thursday, July 20

Jul 20, 2017

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

Jul 18, 2017
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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

Jul 17, 2017
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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.

Evening Newscast: Friday, July 14

Jul 14, 2017
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Around 35 residents have been told to evacuate due to a fire near Roundup, Montana.

Montana may have to run its own one-of-a-kind Medicaid expansion program for a third of what an insurance company now charges, if state revenue falls short enough to trigger budget cuts next month.

Montana’s chief political watchdog says the chairman of the Public Service Commission broke ethics laws when he used office resources to write a column that disparaged a candidate seeking a seat on the regulatory body.

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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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