Latest Montana state government News

US: Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting

Sep. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initial...

Montana Supreme Court orders new trial in child rape case

Sep. 15, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Great Falls man who was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl who is deaf and has developmental disabilities, saying he was denied his constitutional right to confront his accuser. The court...

National Guard to help Billings hospital with COVID cases

Sep. 14, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seventeen Montana National Guard soldiers have volunteered to continue helping the state with its COVID-19 response, Gov. Greg Gianforte said. Ten soldiers will help at Billings Clinic, starting Wednesday, as the hospital faces capacity and staffing...

Groups push to resume enforcement in Montana mining dispute

Sep. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they plan to sue Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration after it dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. Under Gianforte, the Department of Environmental...

Medicine Lodge ceramics point to early Crow inhabitants

Sep. 12, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Artifacts found this summer at Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site are slated for radiocarbon dating, which could tell researchers more about when the Crow, or Apsáalooke, people came to the area, according to the Wyoming State Archaeologist. ...

State AG promises court challenge of federal vaccine mandate

Sep. 10, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen promised Friday to fight the new federal vaccine mandate in court. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday the vaccine mandate, which could affect as many as 100 million Americans. Among other measures, the...

Gianforte promises to fight federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Sep. 09, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday said a new federal coronavirus vaccination mandate that could affect as many as 100 million Americans is “unlawful and un-American.” The Republican said in a Tweet that he is “committed to protecting...

Montana panel backs $22 million investment in job training

Sep. 08, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission discussing how to spend federal COVID-19 relief dollars is recommending Montana's governor approve $22 million for job training and retraining programs to increase the workforce as businesses struggle to find enough employees. The...

Montana asks court not to block new laws targeting abortion

Sep. 08, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Republican attorney general is asking the court not to block the enforcement of several new abortion laws, after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit last month claiming the law would unconstitutionally restrict access to the procedure in the state. ...

Montana rule urges schools to give parents say on masks

Aug. 31, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced a rule Tuesday that encourages schools to give parents final say on whether children should wear facial coverings after several large districts imposed mask requirements amid surging COVID-19 infections in the state. ...