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Montana seeks to overturn court ruling on abortion access

Jan. 20, 2022 20:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a 1999 opinion that found the state constitution's right to privacy guarantees a woman's access to an abortion — the opinion Planned Parenthood is using to challenge three new abortion laws. ...

Bullock an initial board member for public lands foundation

Jan. 20, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze are two of the first four board members of a new nonprofit foundation created to help leverage public and private funds to conserve, protect and restore land managed by the Bureau of...

Judge: Montana Clean Campaign Act is unconstitutional

Jan. 19, 2022 19:26 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 2007 Montana law that was meant to curb last-minute campaign attacks violates free speech rights, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy ruled Tuesday that the Montana Clean Campaign Act “delays, and sometimes even prevents,...

Lake County officers investigating possible homicide-suicide

Jan. 19, 2022 17:29 PM EST

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in northwestern Montana are investigating an apparent homicide-suicide near the town of Big Arm, Lake County Sheriff Donald R. Bell said Wednesday. Officers responding to a 911 call just before 4:30 a.m. found a woman who had been shot...

Helena emergency medical teams revive 9 people who overdosed

Jan. 19, 2022 16:47 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Emergency medical providers in Helena have successfully treated at least nine people facing life-threatening drug overdoses in a 48-hour period, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Wednesday. Hospital officials said it appears people are buying...

$1M bail set in shooting deaths of brothers in Three Forks

Jan. 18, 2022 19:34 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a Three Forks man charged with killing two brothers during a weekend fight. Zachary Eugene Norman, 24, made an initial appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court on two counts of deliberate homicide for the shootings...

Helena-area men charged after man's body found in snow

Jan. 18, 2022 18:25 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two Helena-area men were charged Tuesday with deliberate homicide in the death of a man whose frozen body was discovered along Rimini Road southeast of Helena last week. Lewis and Clark County Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley set bail at $75,000 each for...

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

Jan. 18, 2022 18:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide. As...

Montana magician nixes plans for Las Vegas tiger sanctuary

Jan. 18, 2022 13:41 PM EST

A Montana man has withdrawn a proposal to open a tiger sanctuary in Las Vegas for his magic show. KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reported Tuesday that Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom and other officials confirmed the withdrawal. Jay Owenhouse, a magician based in...

Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

Jan. 17, 2022 17:21 PM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have...