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Surprise blast of rock, water and steam in Yellowstone sends dozens running for safety

Jul. 23, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A surprise eruption in Yellowstone National Park shot steam, water and dark-colored rock and dirt high into the sky Tuesday and sent sightseers running for safety. The hydrothermal explosion happened around 10 a.m. in Biscuit Basin, a collection of hot springs...

Montana Supreme Court allows signatures of inactive voters to count on ballot petitions

Jul. 23, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would allow the signatures of inactive voters to count on petitions seeking to qualify constitutional initiatives for the November ballot, including one to protect abortion rights. District Court Judge Mike Menahan...

Montana education board discusses trends, concerns in student achievement

Jul. 23, 2024 12:47 PM EDT

State education leaders in Helena last week discussed the myriad of academic challenges facing Montana students and potential remedies to improve student success across the public school and university systems. The issue of student achievement arose repeatedly during the Montana...

A man kills a grizzly bear in Montana after it attacks while he is picking berries

Jul. 19, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 72-year-old man picking huckleberries in Montana shot and killed a grizzly bear after it attacked in a surprise encounter and injured him badly enough that he had to be hospitalized, authorities said Friday. The man was alone on national forest land when...

Abortion rights supporters report having enough signatures to qualify for Montana ballot

Jul. 19, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An initiative to ask voters if they want to protect the right to a pre-viability abortion in Montana's constitution has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot, supporters said Friday. County election officials have verified 74,186 voter signatures,...

Tech outage halts surgeries, medical treatments across the US

Jul. 19, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

Alison Baulos says her 73-year-old father was about to head to a Kentucky hospital for open-heart surgery when it was abruptly canceled early Friday morning. His was one of the many operations and medical treatments halted across the country because of a global technology outage. ...

Montana attorney general didn't violate campaign finance rules, elections enforcer says

Jul. 19, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s elections enforcer said he found no evidence that the state's attorney general violated campaign finance rules by inviting another Republican to run against him so he could raise more money for his reelection campaign. Sheila Hogan, executive...

High temperatures trigger widespread fishing restrictions in Montana, Yellowstone

Jul. 19, 2024 16:53 PM EDT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has implemented fishing restrictions on 13 western Montana rivers that are exceeding temperature thresholds following an underwhelming snowpack and a heat spell last week that broke records in some parts of the state. The list includes both low-flow...

Montana's Jon Tester, in close reelection fight, becomes second Democratic senator to call on Biden to drop 2024 bid

Jul. 18, 2024 20:53 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana's Jon Tester, in close reelection fight, becomes second Democratic senator to call on Biden to drop 2024 bid.

Montana seeks to revive signature restrictions for ballot petitions, including on abortion rights

Jul. 18, 2024 18:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday for an emergency order to block a ruling that allowed signatures from inactive voters to count on petitions for several proposed November ballot initiatives, including one to protect abortion rights. A...