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Mexican citizen gets prison in meth bust in Montana

May. 18, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has sentenced a Mexican citizen to almost five years in federal prison after prosecutors say he brought 34 pounds (15.4 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Arizona to Montana. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced 35-year-old Jorge Luis Mendez-Sanchez to 57 months...

Clark Fork River causes minor flooding in Missoula area

May. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Clark Fork River is causing minor flooding in the Missoula area as rain and snowmelt swell rivers and streams in parts of the state. The National Weather Service says floodwaters will affect streets in a subdivision west of Missoula that also flooded last year. The Clark...

Yellowstone proposes more housing for summer workers

May. 18, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is proposing to add more housing for seasonal workers employed by private companies operating inside the park. Park administrators are taking public comment on plans to construct six modular houses and up to 14 RV sites at the Canyon Campground and...

Worker falls down elevator shaft at Montana State University

May. 17, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A worker is recovering after falling about 30 feet (9.1 meters) down an elevator shaft at an administrative building on the campus of Montana State University. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the man, whose name and condition have not been released, fell down the shaft at Montana...

Late to 2020 race, Bullock quickly turns to Trump-state Dems

May. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock waited until May to declare his candidacy for president, but he's wasting no time getting to the point. Bullock launched his first full day of campaigning Friday in Newton, Iowa, a town where union manufacturing jobs have vanished in the past 15 years. In...

Montana's unemployment rate down to 3.6% in April

May. 17, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points in April to 3.6%, which is the same as the national unemployment rate. The state Labor Department says a tight labor market continues to constrain job growth. The agency estimated Montana gained 232 total...

Crow Tribe issues 'boil order' in Pryor water system

May. 17, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Crow Tribe's Water Resource Department has issued a boil order for the Pryor water system due to possible contamination. The department said Friday the tribe failed to pay its power bill and electricity was shut off on Thursday. The pumps lost power, causing the distribution...

Defense appeals medication order in trial over deputy death

May. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a man charged with his alleged role in the shooting death of a Montana sheriff's deputy are appealing a judge's order that he be forcibly medicated so he is fit to stand trial. Attorneys for 63-year-old Lloyd Barrus argue District Judge Kathy Seeley misapplied a...

Flood warning issued for Missoula as Clark Fork River rises

May. 17, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Officials have issued a flood warning for Missoula as snowmelt and rain causes the Clark Fork River to rise. National Weather Service data shows the Clark Fork above Missoula in minor flood stage at 8.6 feet (2.6 meters) Friday morning. It's expected to rise another foot before...

Montana crews clearing Beartooth Highway to Wyoming

May. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Montana Highway crews have been working for more than a month to clear snow from the Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge. Crews hope to have the seasonal road open by May 24 — the start of Memorial Day Weekend. Montana Department of Transportation crews are clearing snow...