Latest Montana state government News

Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Jul. 18, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of...

Krakauer: Court ruling on privacy hurts right to know

Jul. 9, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer said he feels "a moral obligation" to fight a recent court ruling against him as he tries to obtain records detailing how the expulsion of a University of Montana quarterback over a rape allegation was overturned. The author of "Into Thin Air" and "Into the Wild"...

Bullock reports $2M in contributions for his White House bid

Jul. 5, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is reporting more than $2 million in contributions during the second quarter of the year for his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. Bullock entered the 2020 primary race in mid-May , halfway through the second quarter. His campaign said Friday he racked up...

Writer Krakauer denied records on college player's rape case

Jul. 3, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer's five-year quest to find out how and why Montana's top higher education official intervened to prevent a star college quarterback's expulsion over a rape accusation stalled Wednesday when the state Supreme Court denied him access to those documents. The 4-3...

Montana governor, 2020 hopeful open to Keystone XL pipeline

Jul. 1, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday during an online meeting about climate change that he's open to supporting the Keystone XL pipeline "if it's done right," a departure from other Democratic presidential candidates who condemn the proposed oil line from Canada as an environmental...

Supreme Court to review Montana school choice program

Jun. 28, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reviving a Montana program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships. The state's highest court had struck down the program because it violated the Montana constitution's ban on state aid to religious organizations. The...

Deal lets luxury Montana ski club keeps its liquor licenses

Jun. 25, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials won't pull the liquor licenses of an ultra-exclusive ski resort that counts Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake among its members as part of a $370,000 settlement agreement with Yellowstone Club owners and executives, including one who is a major campaign donor to Gov....

Republicans criticize Montana governor for flying pride flag

Jun. 24, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Republican legislative leaders are criticizing Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for flying the gay pride rainbow flag instead of the state flag over the weekend. House Speaker Greg Hertz and Senate President Scott Sales accused Bullock Monday of disrespecting the state flag that...

Correction: Election 2020-Governors story

Jun. 16, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

In a story June 14 about governors' struggles in presidential races, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock missed appearing on "Face the Nation." He appeared on the show from Denver. A corrected version of the story is below: Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020...

The Latest: Dems announce 20 candidates who made 1st debates

Jun. 13, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the first Democratic presidential debates (all times local): 6 p.m. The Democratic National Committee has announced the 20 candidates who have qualified for the party's first presidential primary debates later this month. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was the most high-profile candidate left off the...