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This March 11, 2020 photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline where it crosses into the U.S. from Canada in Phillips County, Mont. A Canadian company said Monday, April 6, 2020, that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Al Nash/Bureau of Land Management via AP)

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

Apr. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman for TC...

Montana concerned with decline in child abuse hotline calls

Apr. 6, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's health department is concerned that the sharp decline in the number of calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline since schools were closed to decrease the spread of the coronavirus might be masking the danger children are in, the agency said Monday. From March 8-14, 765...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

Apr. 6, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman for TC...

Bail set at $150K for aunt of 12-year-old homicide victim

Apr. 6, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bail was set at $150,000 for a woman who is charged with negligent homicide in the death of her 12-year-old nephew near West Yellowstone. Madison Sasser, 18, was arrested in Texas and appeared at a bail hearing before Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Rick West on Friday, the...

'Montana masks' go global, move to injection molds

Apr. 5, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The reusable plastic face masks designed for 3D printers by a college graduate and a pair of local medical professionals have gone global. The free open-source software file they created has been downloaded or shared in 148 countries across six continents. Dubbed the Montana Mask,...

Caring for 9 children amid coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Apr. 4, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — As schools and businesses close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Cal Walks Over Ice, a member of the Crow Tribe, knew the pandemic would compound stress on Indigenous families. Native Americans suffer from disproportionately high rates of diabetes, heart disease and...

Wyoming extends shutdown of schools, businesses amid virus

Apr. 3, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon expressed frustration Friday about growing public focus on his reluctance to issue a statewide stay-at-home order rather than on his call for personal action to control the spread of the coronavirus. Gordon also announced an extension of his order shutting...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 file photo an election worker is seen inserting a ballot into a locked ballot box at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on election day in Billings, Mont. All 56 of Montana's counties plan to conduct the June 2 primary election by mail due to coronavirus concerns. Ballots will be mailed on May 8. Same-day registration and voting will still be allowed while new laws could mean election results will be available earlier than usual. (AP Photo/Matthew Brow,File)

Montana counties to conduct primary election by mail

Apr. 3, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's June 2 primary will be conducted by mail in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Same-day registration and voting will still be allowed while a new law could mean election results will be available earlier than usual, officials said. Counties asked to be able to...

Yellowstone settles $1M arsenic lawsuit with Park County

Apr. 3, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to pay $1 million to a Montana water district to settle a lawsuit over the amount of arsenic coming into its system from Yellowstone National Park. The settlement brings an end to the lawsuit filed by Gardiner-Park County Water and Sewer District in 2018...

Montana father sentenced for continuing son's drug operation

Apr. 2, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison for taking up his son's methamphetamine and heroin distribution operation. Allan Roy Goodman, 43, was sentenced Thursday on eight charges including drug distribution, retaliating against a witness and firearm...