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6 justices to hear judicial nomination commission case

Apr. 07, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Six members of the Montana Supreme Court will consider a legal challenge to a new Montana law that would eliminate the state's judicial nomination commission and allow the governor to appoint judges to fill vacancies between elections, the court ruled Wednesday. ...

2nd judge recuses himself in nomination commission case

Apr. 02, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A second judge is recusing himself from hearing a legal challenge to a new Montana law to eliminate the Judicial Nomination Commission and allow the governor to appoint judges to fill vacancies between elections because the judge participated in a judicial survey about...

Gianforte signs bill banning sanctuary cities in Montana

Mar. 31, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill Wednesday banning sanctuary cities in the state, despite the fact that Montana does not currently have any sanctuary cities. “We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in...

Montana lawmakers advance bill to nullify federal gun bans

Mar. 31, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A measure that would prohibit state and local law enforcement officials in Montana from enforcing federal bans on firearms, ammunition and magazines is nearing passage in the state Legislature just a week after President Joe Biden urged Congress to ban assault weapons...

Montana House advances budget amid cuts to social services

Mar. 22, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House voted Monday against increasing funding for a suicide prevention program, even after a Democratic lawmaker testified that her 24-year-old grandson died by suicide last week. “You cannot put a dollar amount on a life,” said...

The Latest: Australia seeks vaccine aid for Papua New Guinea

Mar. 19, 2021 00:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is working with U.S., Indian and Japanese partners to provide emergency coronavirus vaccine to Papua New Guinea. Australia has provided 8,000 AstraZeneca doses from its own stockpile to its nearest...

Montana drops lawsuits against businesses over virus rules

Mar. 18, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is dropping legal action filed last year against five businesses in northwestern Montana accused of violating public health orders meant to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Greg Gianforte said Thursday. As part of a settlement filed in the...

With east Glacier closed to help tribe, businesses fret

Mar. 07, 2021 10:10 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Public access to Glacier National Park’s east entrances has been prohibited since last March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with tribal, state, local, and federal officials reaching a consensus to maintain the closure even after other areas of the park...

Native American nominee's grilling raises questions on bias

Feb. 26, 2021 02:09 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso snapped at Deb Haaland during her confirmation hearing, many in Indian Country were incensed. The exchange, coupled with descriptions of the Interior secretary nominee as “radical” — by other white,...

Montana Senate advances bills to restrict abortion access

Feb. 25, 2021 16:46 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate voted Thursday to advance four bills that would restrict access to abortion in the state. Gov. Greg Gianforte has promised to sign at least two of the bills if they arrive on his desk – one that would ban abortions in most...