Latest Montana News

Big Sky scuttles rest of fall sports schedule over COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The decision follows the Big Sky’s postponement of fall football on Aug. 6 when the league became one of the first in the nation to...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

Montana legislature to be polled on flavored vaping ban

Aug. 12, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana legislature will be polled on a proposed ban of flavored vaping products, after numerous Republican lawmakers opposed the rule advanced by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. Thirteen Montana senators and seven representatives, all Republicans, signed...

Governor announces relief money for businesses, unemployed

Aug. 12, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s governor announced additional coronavirus relief money for state businesses as the pandemic stretches into its fifth month, a mask mandate for schools in nearly half of the state’s counties and said the state will begin paying the extra $400 in weekly...

Montana budget strong, but tax hikes on the table

Aug. 12, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s general fund balance is high enough to cover any coronavirus-related revenue losses in the coming fiscal year, state financial analysts said Wednesday, but the budget deficit could grow to over $250 million by 2023. The state’s revenues in Fiscal Year 2021 are...

Billings man pleads not guilty to weekend homicide

Aug. 12, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings man pleaded not guilty in the weekend homicide of a fellow music producer. Rahim Calloway, 30, is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of Christian Skyler Henning, 25, on Saturday. Henning was shot several times, including once in the head, as he sat in a car...

Montana Supreme Court won't remove candidate from ballot

Aug. 11, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an effort by the state Republican Party to remove Democratic attorney general candidate Raph Graybill from the November ballot, saying the petition filed on Aug. 3 didn't rise to the level of urgency needed for the issue to bypass state...

Montana man accused of shooting has bail set at $50,000

Aug. 11, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of stealing a cellphone and shooting at a group of people after arguing with them over their noise levels in West Yellowstone, just outside Yellowstone National Park. Brian Jones Marks, 47, faces a felony charge of robbery and three felony counts of assault...

Montana allocates $50M to bolster child care amid pandemic

Aug. 11, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is allocating $50 million to increase the availability of child care in response to COVID-19, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday. “As more Montanans return to work and families prepare for the upcoming school year, we must ensure there are options to provide high quality...

Efforts underway to restore Green Party to Montana ballot

Aug. 11, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Efforts are underway in state and federal court to restore Green Party of Montana candidates to the state's general election ballot just days after a state judge disqualified them. District Judge James Reynolds last week granted the requests of about 500 people to have their names...