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Montana lawmakers oppose more death penalty drug options

Apr. 16, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seven Republicans joined Democrats in the Montana Senate to kill a bill that would have given the state more latitude in selecting drugs to carry out lethal injections, as companies restrict access to drugs used in executions. “I was blown...

Montana hires Oregon State assistant to coach women's hoops

Apr. 14, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Oregon State assistant Brian Holsinger has been hired as the next women’s basketball coach at Montana, athletic director Kent Haslam said. Holsinger has spent 13 years as an assistant in the Pac-12 and has more than two decades of college...

Montana counties pausing use of J&J vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The federally recommended pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination led to the cancellation of clinics at two colleges in Billings on Tuesday while a clinic at the Missoula County Fairgrounds continued with the Moderna vaccine instead,...

2 men killed in head-on, wrong-way collision in Missoula

Apr. 12, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A car speeding in the wrong lane with its headlights off collided with another car on a bridge over the Clark Fork River in Missoula, killing the two men in the speeding car, police Sgt. Mike Hebert said. The crash happened at 11:15 p.m. Saturday,...

Montana faith groups, advocates show LGBTQ support

Apr. 11, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Shortly after the deadly 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Courtney VonLindern, who is gay and non-binary, was walking through downtown Missoula in a state of dejection when they spotted a pride flag displayed in the window of the United...

Montana wallops D-II C. Washington 59-3 in spring opener

Apr. 10, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Cam Humphrey passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns, Montana had a stretch of eight straight possessions ending in scores and the Grizzlies clobbered Division II Central Washington 59-3 on Saturday. The game, played in a mix of snow flurries...

Public input period set to expire for Montana clean up plan

Apr. 05, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The public comment period for a Montana plan to clean a polluted 42-acre (17 hectare) area just north of downtown Missoula is set to expire on May 2. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality had proposed a plan to clean the area to...

Genetic testing can help identify best mental health meds

Apr. 03, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Health care providers in Montana may soon be able to determine how patients will respond to medications before they are prescribed. That would be accomplished by analyzing patients’ genetic makeup, with help from the new L.S. Skaggs Institute...

Missoula man drowns while ice fishing in Lincoln County

Apr. 02, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula man drowned while ice fishing south of Libby earlier this week, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff Darren Short said someone reported seeing ice fishing gear sitting on the ice near a hole in Lower Thompson Lake early...

Canadian coal company pays $60M for environmental damage

Apr. 01, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian coal company has paid a $60 million fine after pleading guilty in federal court involving pollution discharges blamed for killing most fish in nearby waters in Canada and harming fish downstream in Montana and Idaho. Investigators in...