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  • Same sex marriage divide likely headed to U.S. Supreme Court

    November 21, 2014 1:50 AM

    BILLINGS - The final question on the constitutionality of same sex marriage bans adopted by states will likely end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Former U.S. Attorney for Montana, Bill Mercer, believes that will be the probable scenario due to a difference of legal interpretations in rulings by... more »
  • Montana Attorney General files appeal of same-sex marriage ruling

    November 21, 2014 1:01 AM

    HELENA - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will appeal Wednesday's federal court ruling that found Montana's same sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Fox filed his notice of appeal Thursday with the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, citing his official capacity as Montana Attorney General. ... more »
  • September sets oil production record in North Dakota

    November 18, 2014 1:29 AM

    BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA - The latest report on North Dakota oil production from the Bakken oil fields, shows another record set in the month of September, but there are some potential dark clouds on the horizon. According to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, oil production in September... more »
  • Missing/Endangered Person Alert issued for Lame Deer child

    November 15, 2014 1:10 AM

    LAME DEER - On Nov. 12, 2014, Victoria Sierra, a 4-year-old Native American female child, was abducted by her non-custodial mother Lavondy Sierra. Lavondy Sierra is a 32-year-old Native American female, 5 ft 7, 250 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, and a known drug user. Lavondy Sierra was... more »
  • Tester considers bid for national Democratic post

    November 7, 2014 1:08 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Montana senior Senator John Tester is now in the running to take over the chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) . Politico.com reports that Tester and Delaware Senator Chris Coons are the two contenders to lead the offensive against Republicans in the 2016 election... more »
  • Republican Senate could spell change in fortune for Keystone Pipeline

    November 6, 2014 1:33 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - With Republicans soon to be in control of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, the fate of the Keystone XL Pipeline is suddenly looking up. Observers believe the new GOP numbers in the Senate, could provide a filibuster-proof majority needed to pass a bill... more »
  • 10-year old stroke victim receives fantasy trip

    November 6, 2014 1:24 AM

    BILLINGS - 10-year old Emerson Keehner will soon be heading to Florida with her family for an all expense paid vacation to Disney World & to Give Kids the World, all thanks to the Montana Hope Project. Emerson, who suffered a stroke last year, was granted her wish for the... more »
  • Search underway for missing 83-year-old

    November 4, 2014 1:05 AM

    Update - 2:26 p.m. Tuesday BILLINGS - Dietz has been found, according to Big Horn County Undersheriff Michael Fuss. PRYOR - A search is underway for an 83-year-old man from Pryor, who went missing late Monday afternoon. The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office in Montana says... more »
  • Pedestrian and dog injured in two-vehicle Billings accident

    November 1, 2014 1:00 AM

    BILLINGS - A pedestrian and his dog were both injured Friday evening, when they were hit by a pickup truck in west Billings. According to Police Lt. David Cradillo, the accident occurred just after 5pm Friday at the intersection of 11th Street West and Terry Avenue. Lt. Cardillo... more »
  • TransCanada applies for permit to build Energy East Pipeline

    October 30, 2014 9:23 PM

    CALGARY, Alberta - With the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline caught in political limbo in the United States, plans are in the works for a new pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to market. It's called the Energy East Pipeline Project proposed by TransCanada, the same company proposing to... more »
  • Arch Coal applies for Otter Creek Coal Mine permit

    October 30, 2014 12:55 AM

    HELENA - An important step forward this week for the long anticipated Otter Creek Coal mine. Arch Coal Inc., submitted its revised application Tuesday for its planned coal mine near Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The St. Louis based company submitted its revised permit application with the Montana Department... more »
  • Weather plays role in hunting success on opening weekend

    October 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    BILLINGS - Weather in south central Montana played a big role in the opening day of the 2014 general big game season. Saturday's weather was warm, well into the 60s in most locations, and still. By Sunday temperatures dropped to the 50s, but the wind blew as fast as... more »
  • Slump in crude prices cause for concern in the Bakken

    October 17, 2014 12:58 AM

    BILLINGS - Plenty of nervous energy in the oil industry these days as the price of crude oil continues to slide, as ample supply out paces weak demand. Thursday, the price of crude actually went up a bit with Brent Crude finishing the day at $84.47/barrel. Just four months... more »
  • President Obama signs Montana disaster declaration

    October 10, 2014 1:22 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Montana Thursday and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts for areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of August 21-25, 2014. The President's declaration now makes federal funding available... more »
  • Oil Industry wants more time to fix tank cars

    October 1, 2014 1:23 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The nation's oil industry is now asking for more time to make safety upgrades to older rail tank cars used to transport crude oil across the country. Safety concerns about those older cars, and the volatility of Bakken Crude in particular, prompted federal officials to propose... more »
  • Grizzly captured near Red Lodge, relocated

    September 25, 2014 9:12 PM

    RED LODGE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists and an official from the federal USDA Wildlife Services captured a young grizzly bear this week west of Red Lodge, on property where a cow had been killed. The bear was marked, fitted with a radio-transmitter collar and released north... more »
  • Search for missing hunter scaled back

    September 23, 2014 12:55 AM

    LIVINGSTON - After nearly two weeks searching in Montana's Crazy Mountains for missing hunter Aaron Hedges, officials are scaling back the search effort. The 38-year-old Hedges disappeared nearly two weeks ago after he apparently got lost while hunting in the Crazy Mountains east of Wilsall. In spite of an... more »
  • Environmental groups sue to stop crude shipments in older rail cars

    September 12, 2014 1:19 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Three national environmental groups are now suing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in an attempt to stop the use of older rail-tank cars to ship volatile Bakken Crude oil. In a new petition filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sierra Club, ForestEthics and... more »
  • Missing couple in Bighorn National Forest found alive

    September 3, 2014 8:01 PM

    UPDATE BUFFALO, WYOMING - In Wyoming, a search and rescue ordeal with a happy ending, at least so far - but the rescue isn't over yet. What was supposed to be an "engagement weekend" for a Wyoming couple, turned into a real-life experience of survival in the Bighorn National... more »
  • Tester gets earful on human trafficking in the Bakken

    August 29, 2014 1:11 AM

    POPLAR - The victims are 12- to 14-year-old girls sold for sex on the Internet, lured by an adult for sex, or forced into a life of servitude by predators to sell their bodies to strangers. Hard to imagine that scenario happening in our region, but such corruption and crime... more »
  • The moral case for fossil fuels Play Video

    August 28, 2014 1:41 AM

    BILLINGS - It's not everyday you hear someone make the case for using more fossil fuels, but that was the message delivered Wednesday to the Montana Petroleum Association's Appreciation Luncheon in Billings. Speaking to the group was Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, and a regular... more »
  • Stillwater County Treasurer under restraining order after threatening employee

    August 26, 2014 11:14 PM

    COLUMBUS - Stillwater County Treasurer Don Strizki is barred from the treasurer's office during normal business hours due to a restraining order filed against him. Justice of the Peace Marilyn Kober granted the restraining order after a hearing this week where one of Strizki's co-workers told the court that... more »
  • Lewis launches first TV ad in U.S. House race

    August 25, 2014 10:31 PM

    HELENA - Montana democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis will run his first television ads of the House race beginning Tuesday. In the ad, Lewis takes a shot at his republican opponent Ryan Zinke over Special Operations for America, a political action committee Zinke helped found and which now... more »
  • Sheridan woman gets the first shot at Wyoming lottery tickets

    August 23, 2014 1:08 AM

    SHERIDAN - Wyoming residents have been patiently waiting for their chance to purchase lottery tickets since last year, when the Wyoming legislature passed a new law allowing the state to participate in a multi-state lottery game. Those tickets go on sale this coming Sunday, and its already known who... more »
  • Amanda Curtis taps NPRC staffer to run Senate Campaign

    August 20, 2014 11:08 PM

    HELENA - Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Amanda Curtis has tapped Clayton Elliot to manager her campaign. Elliot most recently served as lead lobbyist and community organizer for the Northern Plains Resource Council, an environmental organization. In a statement, the Curtis campaign cited Elliott's work as director of the... more »
  • Mead, Enzi & Lummis score easy victories in Wyoming primary

    August 20, 2014 12:54 AM

    CHEYENNE - Wyoming voters cast ballots Tuesday in the state's primary election, with three high profile statewide races topping the ballot. In Wyoming's Governor's race, incumbent Matt Mead soared to an easy victory in his bid for a second term. Mead polled 55% of the vote to Dr.... more »
  • Polls open until 7pm in Wyoming primary election

    August 19, 2014 7:01 PM

    CHEYENNE - Today is primary election day in Wyoming. Three high profile statewide races top the ballot. In Wyoming's Governor's race, incumbent Matt Mead has two Republican challengers as he seeks a second term. Tea Party favorite State Supt of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, and rancher and... more »
  • FWP seeks information on Stillwater poaching

    August 19, 2014 6:09 PM

    BILLINGS - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are offering a reward for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally south of Columbus this past weekend. Game warden Paul Luepke said the mule deer buck was shot illegally sometime late Saturday or early Sunday on... more »
  • Arctic Grayling avoids Federal Listing

    August 19, 2014 5:04 PM

    HELENA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it would not list the arctic grayling as a federally threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The decision heads off the prospect of federal management of the fish in Montana. In a joint announcement with... more »
  • Walsh campaign funds go to Democratic Party candidates

    August 19, 2014 1:16 AM

    BILLINGS - Now that John Walsh is no longer a candidate in Montana's U.S. Senate race, he's free to dole out the campaign funds left over from his ill-fated Senate Bid. Today, the Walsh camp announcing that it's giving $125-thousand to the Montana Democratic Party and $25-thousand to the... more »
  • Microburst hits Billings area

    August 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    BILLINGS - A severe thunderstorm dumped heavy rain on the Billings area Friday evening. The National Weather Service reports that the storm included a microburst, with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Doppler radar shows the storm moving east at 15 miles per hour. The... more »
  • North Dakota energy firm considering Billings for "micro-refinery"

    August 15, 2014 1:01 AM

    BILLINGS - A North Dakota energy company has its eye on Billings as a future home for one of five new "micro-refineries" that would refine Bakken crude into diesel. Quantum Energy, based in Williston, is proposing to build five refineries across the Bakken region, each costing half a billion dollars... more »
  • MSU-Northern head football coach resigns

    August 13, 2014 10:57 PM

    HAVRE - Montana State University-Northern officials announced Wednesday night that head football coach, Mark Samson, has resigned. Jake Eldridge, who has served as the team's defensive coordinator has been named the interim head coach for the upcoming football season. School officials say a national search for a new... more »
  • Democrats jockey for Montana Senate nomination

    August 8, 2014 9:02 PM

    HELENA - At least six Montana Democrats are somewhat interested in being the party's nominee against Republican Congressman Steve Daines in the November election to replace Sen. John Walsh, who stepped aside Thursday following revelations of plagiarism. The two Democrats who faced Walsh in the June primary, both remain... more »
  • Walsh ends Senate bid, will serve out remainder of term

    August 8, 2014 12:47 AM

    HELENA - Two weeks after the New York Times called him out for plagiarizing large portions of an academic work that was key to his master's degree, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) on Thursday afternoon dropped out of the race to keep his Senate seat. The move follows three days... more »
  • Walsh cancels campaign events, fuels speculation on his political future

    August 6, 2014 1:04 AM

    HELENA - Speculation swirling Tuesday night that embattled Montana Senator John Walsh may be seriously considering dropping out of the U.S. Senate race. The speculation comes in the aftermath of last month's New York Times report that Walsh plagiarized major portions of his final paper as he earned his... more »
  • Montana GOP requests information on possible Walsh replacement plans

    August 5, 2014 12:55 AM

    HELENA - Montana Republican Party officials have filed requests under Montana's "Right to Know" laws to find out if plans are underway to replace democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh on the November ballot. Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps said the party's request names Gov. Steve Bullock, Lt. Gov. Angela... more »
  • Montana rancher testifies at EPA hearing in Denver

    July 30, 2014 1:33 AM

    DENVER - Montana rancher Mark Fix, a past chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council, was among those to testify Tuesday at a Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional hearing in Denver on new proposed air pollution rules to curb carbon pollution. Tuesday's hearing was an opportunity for interested parties... more »
  • Walsh plagiarism case may be settled by Pentagon Inspector General

    July 29, 2014 8:38 PM

    HELENA - The plagiarism investigation of Montana Senator John Walsh may end up in the Pentagon following a review by a panel at the U.S. Army War College. A college spokeswoman told MTN News Tuesday that it is standard policy that the Inspector General of the Department of Defense... more »
  • New rules proposed for older rail cars hauling Bakken crude

    July 24, 2014 1:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Outdated and explosion prone rail tank cars will be barred from shipping most crude from the Bakken oil patch within two years, unless they are retrofitted to meet new safety standards. That's the upshot of new rules proposed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new... more »
  • North Dakota takes aim at natural gas flaring Play Video

    July 2, 2014 1:41 AM

    BISMARCK - The state of North Dakota is taking new steps to cut down on the amount of natural gas that is flared in the Bakken oil fields. The amount of natural gas going up into thin air is startling, and now state officials are moving forward with a... more »
  • Montana Democrats Condemn, Republicans Praise Hobby Lobby Ruling

    June 30, 2014 8:39 PM

    HELENA -Montana's Congressional Delegation reacted along party lines Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down a regulation related to the Affordable Care Act that would have mandated coverage of contraception in health plans workers get through their jobs. Democratic Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh said the... more »
  • Senate President asks Montana Judge to toss political practices case

    June 24, 2014 12:50 AM

    HELENA -Lawyers for Montana's Senate President were in a Helena courtroom Monday, asking a judge to throw out a civil case filed against him by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices. Commissioner Jonathan Motl has accused Sen. Art Wittich (R-Bozeman) and several other Republicans of illegal coordination with Western Tradition... more »
  • North Dakota oil surpasses million barrels a day Play Video

    June 18, 2014 1:35 AM

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - It's official. The state of North Dakota has officially joined the million-barrels-a-day club when it comes to oil production. The million-barrels-a-day milestone was actually eclipsed back in April, it just takes two months for North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources to compile the latest industry... more »
  • Tentative agreement in Native American voting access lawsuit

    June 13, 2014 2:14 AM

    HELENA - Election officials in Big Horn, Rosebud and Blaine counties will soon be required to staff election offices on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations prior to the upcoming November general election. Those conditions are part of a tentative agreement in a federal lawsuit over equal... more »
  • Montana Delegation Agrees: Emergency VA Bill a Good Start

    June 11, 2014 11:36 PM

    HELENA - Montana's Congressional delegation Wednesday supported, at least as a start, an emergency measure passed by the Senate to improve care at the Veterans Health Administration. The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would give the VA more freedom to fire poorly performing... more »
  • Senate and House races take aim at November showdown

    June 4, 2014 3:24 AM

    BILLINGS - In the wake of Tuesday's primary election, Montana political junkies will have plenty of time to focus on the battles shaping up in Montana's November general election. At the top of the ballot, two of the state's three seats in Congress are up for grabs. In... more »
  • Classic battle in lawsuit over Montana's same sex marriage ban

    May 29, 2014 2:19 AM

    BILLINGS - The legal challenge against Montana's ban against same-sex marriage features a classic struggle between the U.S. constitution and the state's constitution. Last week, Montana became one of 29 states where judges are being asked to strike down bans against same-sex unions. Montana's ban was enacted by voters... more »
  • Downtown Billings pedestrian bridge project derailed

    May 29, 2014 1:30 AM

    BILLINGS - It's been in the works for ten years, but now an effort to connect south Billings to the north side with a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks downtown has been derailed. The culprit is the escalating price tag for the project. At Tuesday night's Billings City... more »
  • Yellowstone County offers free sandbags and sand

    May 22, 2014 9:23 PM

    BILLINGS - With the National Weather Service predicting the warmest temperatures of the season this weekend, Yellowstone County officials are offering free sandbags and sand at no charge to county residents so they can better prepare for possible flooding With mountain snowpack in some areas at 150 percent of... more »
  • Victims in Cook Avenue home deaths identified

    May 22, 2014 6:34 PM

    BILLINGS - Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in the deaths of a Billings woman and her daughter, who were found dead in their Cook Avenue home Wednesday morning. Deputy Yellowstone County Coroner Chad Fehr identified the victims at 33-year old Jessica Hicks, and 14-year old Alexis Nicholson. Fehr... more »
  • Increase expected for 2014 Memorial Day travel

    May 22, 2014 5:23 PM

    HELENA - Thirty-six point one million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, a slight 1.5 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year. That forecast from AAA indicates more than eight in ten travelers will be... more »
  • Controversial Belfry oil well off to rocky start

    May 22, 2014 1:16 AM

    BELFRY - A controversial oil drilling project near Belfry is off to a rough start, after the company drilling the well was found not to have the necessary water permits for its operation. Energy Corporation of America (ECA) made news last November when it opened an office in west Billings,... more »
  • $250,000 bond set for mom who confessed to baby's death

    May 21, 2014 1:26 AM

    BILLINGS - Bond has been set at $250,000 for a California woman who prosecutors say confessed to killing her infant child. Arraignment is scheduled for June 5 in district court. She's requested a public defender and remains in the Yellowstone County Detention facility. According to the online jail... more »
  • Wyoming Governor Urges Action to Delist Grizzly Bears

    May 20, 2014 6:08 PM

    CHEYENNE - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is asking the Secretary of the Interior to remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wrote to Governor Mead in late 2013, saying she expected to make a decision in early 2014 and take final action this year.... more »
  • Montana State Prison temporarily limits visiting days

    May 20, 2014 5:17 PM

    DEER LODGE - Montana State Prison Warden Leroy Kirkegard has announced that inmate visitation will be temporarily reduced from five to three days a week while the prison addresses operational issues. Kiregard says the prison is cancelling inmate visitation on Wednesday and Thursdays until further notice, to allow staff... more »
  • 10pm News with Jay Kohn 5-19-2014 Play Video

    May 20, 2014 1:17 AM

    BILLINGS - Billings City Council gets a detailed look at proposed budgets for the city's Police and Fire Departments; Insurance agencies across Billings pressed to the limit to deal with damage from Sunday's hail storm; We take you to the summit of the Beartooth Pass as plowing crews dig in... more »
  • Q2 5:30 News with Jay Kohn 5-19-2014 Play Video

    May 19, 2014 11:35 PM

    BILLINGS - One day after a severe hail storm rips thru southeastern Montana, residents assess the damage and clean up. Tonight Q2's Victoria Fregoso has more on the aftermath of Sunday's big storm. Plowing crews say Friday morning's opening of the Beartooth Pass is still on schedule. Q2's Jason Laird... more »
  • Western Sugar Cooperative fined $71K for workplace fatality

    May 15, 2014 6:50 PM

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative is facing $71,000 in fines for 12 safety violations stemming from a workplace fatality last January at its plant in Lovell, Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Denver-based Cooperative following an inspection... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over Bull Mountain coal lease

    May 15, 2014 1:31 AM

    BILLINGS - Landowners living near the Signal Peak Coal Mine in the Bull Mountains north of Billings are suing the Bureau of Land Management. Their lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Billings recently seeks to force the agency to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) into the... more »
  • Big Sky Honor Flight: The effort it took - the lives it touched Play Video

    May 14, 2014 1:09 AM

    BILLINGS - They finally got the hero's welcome they deserved. 77 Montana World War II veterans returned to Billings Monday, following a whirlwind 37-hour trip to the nation's capitol to see their memorial on the national mall. Just like the eight previous Big Sky Honor Flights, this group... more »
  • Keystone Pipeline push could reach White House

    May 5, 2014 11:55 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The push to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline could reach the White House this week. The Hill newsletter reports that Republicans want to add at least four energy-related amendments to an energy efficiency bill favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. On Monday, White House... more »
  • Glendive area landfill first in Montana to handle radioactive waste Play Video

    April 25, 2014 10:10 PM

    LINDSAY, MONTANA - Glendive native Ross Oakland has been farming this area of Dawson County for more than 30 years, but his newest business venture involves a different type of crop. "I'm a farmer at heart, and I still am a farmer," said Oakland. Today Oakland operates Oaks... more »
  • Radioactive waste posing problems in the Bakken Play Video

    April 25, 2014 2:09 AM

    WILLISTON, NORTH DAKOTA - The Bakken Oil Boom has transformed North Dakota from a relatively small player in the world of oil, to number two in the country behind Texas. Williston is now the fastest growing micropolitan city in the nation. "It is one of the brightest spots... more »
  • Bakken Oil Boom now a generational oil play Play Video

    April 23, 2014 11:49 PM

    WILLISTON - Any thoughts that the pace in the Bakken oil patch has slowed down over the past few years, can be eliminated. "We're breaking records everyday," noted Tom Rolfstad, Executive Director of Williston Economic Development. "They're growing houses, like they grow wheat on the plains," said Rick... more »
  • Inmate wanted for escape from Billings Pre-release Center

    April 23, 2014 1:55 AM

    BILLINGS - A female inmate, who had been at the Billings pre-release center Passages for only two weeks, walked away from the facility Tuesday. Angelica Gray, 23, was serving time for criminal possession of dangerous drugs out of Lewis and Clark County. Passages Administrator David Armstrong said Gray... more »
  • Man injured in Sage Tower fire in critical condition

    April 23, 2014 1:40 AM

    BILLINGS -The name of a man who was burned during a fire at the Sage Tower apartment complex in downtown Billings on Tuesday night has been released. Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Tatum said the man is Frank Grayson of Billings. As of Wednesday afternoon, Grayson was in critical... more »
  • Tip from public helped police break Griego case

    April 15, 2014 1:36 AM

    BILLINGS - A tip from employees at the Billings Hobby Lobby store provided police with the first break in the case against accused serial rapist Toby Griego. Griego who was found guilty on 27 counts of rape, robbery and kidnapping, first became a subject of interest in the series... more »
  • Agriculture groups want rail car shortage addressed

    April 10, 2014 9:44 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - A shortage of rail cars and long delays in rail car deliveries is putting the squeeze on the nation's agriculture producers. That was the message delivered Thursday to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in Washington D.C. National and state agriculture leaders say grain producers deserve better... more »
  • Attorneys file appeal in Jordan Graham murder case

    April 10, 2014 9:14 PM

    MISSOULA - Attorneys for a Kalispell newlywed who admitted to pushing her husband over a cliff in Glacier National Park have filed an appeal of her sentence in U.S. District Court. Last month, 22-year-old Jordan Graham was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for shoving her husband... more »
  • Former UM basketball player facing drug conspiracy charges

    April 9, 2014 12:54 AM

    BILLINGS - Former University of Montana standout basketball player Kevin Criswell faces federal drug conspiracy charges. Criswell entered a not guilty plea in Billings Federal Court Tuesday to the two-count indictment. Criswell was a standout for the Grizzlies from 2002 to 2006, and currently ranks fifth on the... more »
  • Man dies when truck crashes into Yellowstone River

    April 3, 2014 9:23 PM

    HUNTEY - A man died Thursday evening when a truck went off the road and into the Yellowstone River at the Highway 312 bridge just outside of Huntley. Lt. Shane Skillen with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at about 6 p.m. when an eastbound pickup... more »
  • Montana's Signal Peak Coal mine among most productive in the world Play Video

    April 2, 2014 11:45 PM

    ROUNDUP - Not many people believed Montana Governor Judy Martz back in 2001, when she traveled to Roundup to announce a new era in local coal mining. The governor's vision of a new state-of-the-art coal mine, railroad, and power plant had plenty of skeptics. After all, they had heard... more »
  • Corrections, DPHHS sued over treatment of mentally ill

    April 1, 2014 9:09 PM

    HELENA - Advocates for the disabled are taking Montana to federal court over the way some mentally ill inmates are treated in prison. Disability Rights Montana warned in late February it might sue the Departments of Corrections and Public Health and Human Services. On Monday, it filed a... more »
  • Jordan Graham asks court to withdraw guilty plea to husband's murder

    March 25, 2014 9:23 PM

    MISSOULA - Attorneys for a bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park are moving to withdraw Jordan Graham's guilty plea, accusing prosecutors of acting in "bad faith". The new development comes just two days before Graham was to have been sentenced for the... more »
  • Lawsuit seeks to remove Montana Supreme Court candidate

    March 25, 2014 1:10 AM

    HELENA - A legal battle is brewing over the eligibility of a candidate who filed to run for the Montana Supreme Court. Five delegates to Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention are asking that state Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke be removed as a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court. The... more »
  • Defense wants death penalty ruled out in Sherry Arnold murder case

    March 21, 2014 1:35 AM

    SIDNEY - Defense attorneys representing a Colorado man charged in the kidnapping and murder of Sidney High School teacher Sherry Arnold, say their client's mental disability should preclude him from being eligible for the death penalty. Michael Spell's mental capacity will be the subject of a competency hearing scheduled to... more »
  • Senate hearing looks into crude-by-rail accidents

    March 6, 2014 1:07 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - On Capitol Hill Thursday, the focus will be on safety concerns involving rail cars transporting crude oil. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee holds a hearing to look specifically at recent accidents involving volatile Bakken crude. With an increase in crude-by-rail accidents, including the... more »
  • TransCanada CEO predicts Keystone XL will get White House approval

    March 6, 2014 12:54 AM

    HOUSTON - Backers of the Keystone XL Pipeline are now predicting the controversial project will soon get the approval from the Obama Administration. That word from Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada, the company behind the $5.4 billion dollar venture. At a Houston energy conference this week, the largest... more »
  • Ballot initiative would let voters fill Senate vacancies

    March 4, 2014 8:59 PM

    HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock's appointment of then Lt. Gov. John Walsh to the U.S. Senate raised some questions about how Montana fills such vacancies, and it exposed Bullock to criticism from those who didn't like his choice. Now a ballot measure proposed Tuesday would let Montanans vote on... more »
  • Live from Georgetown Lake: Schweitzer Signs With MSNBC

    February 27, 2014 12:52 AM

    HELENA - Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be appearing regularly on several programs on cable channel MSNBC, all without leaving his Georgetown Lake home. Schweitzer told MTN News Wednesday that the network is building a studio at his home, that will allow him to appear on live TV... more »
  • New rules require tests on Bakken crude for rail shippers

    February 25, 2014 9:37 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a new order Tuesday that mandates shippers test crude oil coming from the Bakken region before transporting it via railcar. The emergency order comes just one day before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee begins to take a closer look... more »
  • Language for medicaid expansion ballot measure approved

    February 20, 2014 1:02 AM

    HELENA - A ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in Montana has the green light from the Montana Department of Justice. A department spokesman said revised language on the measure has been approved. Kim Abbott, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network and the initiative's sponsor, said advocates could... more »
  • United Airlines' plane involved in turbulent flight departs Billings for repairs

    February 19, 2014 6:57 PM

    BILLINGS - The United Airlines plane involved in Monday's turbulent flight that sent three flight attendants and two passengers to the hospital, departed Billings Logan International Airport today. Federal Aviation Administration officials tell Q2 that the "aircraft in question remains out of service" but that the FAA has issued... more »

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