Latest Montana News

US withdraws train crew proposal that came after explosions

May. 23, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety measure drafted under President Barack Obama in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U.S. and Canada. A review of accident data...

Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests...

US says Trump coal moves hasten but don't increase emissions

May. 22, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions. That conclusion from...

Interior boss: No monument changes planned, but up to Trump

May. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments that were recommended by his predecessor, but that it's ultimately up to President Donald Trump. The comments at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee meeting are the latest...

Wife thanks doctors as trooper goes home after shooting

May. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Highway Patrol trooper who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shot three times was released Wednesday from a Utah hospital after his wife gave emotional thanks to the medical team and supporters. Trooper Wade Palmer, 35, was wounded in the neck, face and head on...

Carnival worker accused of groping Montana police detective

May. 21, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors say a carnival worker accused of sexually assaulting women and a girl at the Montana State Fair last year was arrested after he groped an off-duty police detective who had training as a special victims unit officer. The Great Falls Tribune reports opening arguments...

After long journey, bear spared by governor returns home

May. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire's governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June. The state's Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three...

Late to 2020 race, Bullock quickly turns to Trump-state Dems

May. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock waited until May to declare his candidacy for president, but he's wasting no time getting to the point. Bullock launched his first full day of campaigning Friday in Newton, Iowa, a town where union manufacturing jobs have vanished in the past 15 years. In...

Man to stay jailed over talk about avenging mosque attacks

May. 16, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a New York man will remain in custody in Montana pending his June 24 trial over charges that he lied to authorities about discussions he had about joining the Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge shootings at two New Zealand mosques. The...

Chicago woman sentenced for defrauding Kmart in 11 states

May. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 40-year-old Chicago woman faces nearly four years in federal prison for using fraudulent federal nutrition benefit checks to purchase nearly $220,000 worth of items at Kmart stores in 11 states during a four-month crime spree. Lynada Laticia Mahone was arrested in Arizona, pleaded...