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Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misstated how much funding could be cut for Montana's schools and universities. It was $4.5 million, not $45 million.

As the Montana legislature faces down a $227 million dollar budget shortfall, the state’s university system could see some steep budget cuts.

In a deal that coincides with President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing this week, China’s largest online retailer says it will buy $200 million dollars worth of Montana beef over the next three years. 

Jackie Yamanaka

Former state Senator Lynda Moss of Billings says last winter’s Women’s March was one of the “tipping points” behind her announcement to enter the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. 

The Democrat says that event combined with a photograph she saw of President Donald Trump surrounded by other men deciding the future of health care for women helped seal her decision to run for Congress.


Bureau of Land Management

In the next month or so, the Trump administration will announce its plan to shrink or modify large national monuments across the country. Some people are heralding the decision, saying these designations are federal land grabs that strangle local economies and kill jobs. 

Others say national monuments help local economies by boosting tourism. But an economist from Utah told a crowd in Bozeman on Thursday they might both be wrong.

The Trump administration has issued the latest blow in a trade war between the United States and Canada. The fight is over lumber and while it could save timber jobs in Montana, it's also creating a lot of uncertainty in Canada.

State of Montana

Public memorials are scheduled Friday in Helena and Saturday in Butte for former Montana Governor Judy Martz, the state's first and only female governor and lieutenant governor to date.

Martz will be lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Montana Legislative Services

State Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman says there wasn’t one specific incident that was the tipping point that led him to become a candidate for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.  The Democrat says he's just  frustrated with the direction the country is currently heading.

This includes the millions of dollars it takes to run for Congress.


Murray Foubister / Flickr

The Trump administration has cancelled funding for the Blackfeet Nation’s range rider program. These are tribal members who inspect cattle and make sure the land isn’t overgrazed. Now they could potentially lose their jobs and the Blackfeet tribal council isn’t pleased.

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana’s only private prison has allegedly offered a $30 million dollar bailout to help the state with its budget woes. However, there's a catch.

In order to receive the $30 million dollars from CoreCivic, the company that owns the prison, the Bullock administration would need to extend that company’s contract for another ten years.


MSU Billings University Relations

Montana’s Native American children face greater barriers to opportunity than their peers in other states according to the 2017 Race for Results study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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