Libertarian backs Republican in tight Montana Senate race

Politics 10/31/18, 15:24

The Libertarian candidate in Montana's U.S. Senate race threw his support behind Republican Matt Rosendale on Wednesday in response to an election mailer from an unknown group that appeared aimed at undermining Rosendale's support among conservatives. Rosendale, Montana's state auditor and insurance commissioner, is in a tight race against two-term Democratic ...

Update: Spending on Senate race shatters Montana record

Politics 10/26/18, 18:28

The Latest on the U.S. Senate race in Montana (all times local):11:45 a.m.A record-smashing $60 million in campaign donations and outside spending has gone into Montana's contentious U.S. Senate race as Democrats seek to hold on to the seat in a Trump-leaning state.The Associated Press reviewed campaign filings with the ...

First child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

U.S. 10/16/18, 14:18

The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen.When the bus stopped in Billings, the passenger confronted Eric Franklin ...

Update: Oregon lawmaker blasts coal export proposal

Asia & Pacific 10/15/18, 13:43

The Latest on the Trump administration considering the use of military bases or other federal facilities to export fossil fuels (all times local):11:30 a.m.Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says the Trump administration is "trampling" on the rights of West Coast communities as it considers using military bases or other federal facilities ...

Montana tribe deflects blame for misuse of water money

U.S. 10/05/18, 14:00

Crow Indian leaders blamed U.S. officials for "gross mismanagement" of tribal money after investigators said the Montana tribe misused or couldn't account for almost $13 million intended for water system improvements.Crow Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid said in a Thursday night statement that he was working to change a system ...

Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

U.S. 10/04/18, 11:18

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he's expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park.Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a "major announcement" about conservation ...

Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for species law changes

U.S. 09/26/18, 11:17

A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed.The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. It will likely force federal ...

Judge restores energy lease on Montana land sacred to tribes

Science 09/25/18, 15:50

A judge reinstated an oil and gas lease on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and Canada — a ruling that could test the depths of the Trump administration's support for the energy industry.President Barack Obama's Interior Department improperly canceled the nearly 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) ...

Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

U.S. 09/24/18, 19:46

A U.S. judge ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains on Monday, a move that blocks the first grizzly hunts planned in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 ...

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