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Montana reports 2 new virus deaths in assisted care facility

Jul. 10, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials confirmed the deaths of three Montana residents on Friday as a result of the coronavirus, including two residents of a memory care facility in Billings, bringing the number of deaths associated with the facility to five. The new deaths were announced Friday, as the...

Montana records 3 additional deaths as virus cases soar

Jul. 9, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three people have died following a coronavirus outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings, Yellowstone County health officials said Thursday, as the state reported a single-day record of 96 confirmed cases of the virus. A woman in her 70s died Monday, a woman in her 80s died...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, ordered the pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Jul. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting political pressures and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt even as the pandemic saps demand for...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. Wyoming and U.S. officials are urging an appeals court to reverse much of a judge's ruling that blocked state-sponsored hunting of the animals. (Alan Rogers/Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Appeals court: Judge was right to revive grizzly protections

Jul. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court said Wednesday that a federal judge was right to restore protections for about 700 grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region of the Rocky Mountains, after federal officials sought to turn over management of the animals to states that would have allowed them to be...

Local restrictions in place as COVID-19 cases increase

Jul. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Local governments and agencies are placing restrictions on gatherings and are urging residents to wear masks as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Montana continues to increase. Another eight people associated with Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings have tested positive for...

Judge blocks Montana from enforcing absentee ballot law

Jul. 7, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge issued a ruling Tuesday that blocks the state from enforcing a voter-approved law that restricts the collection of absentee ballots during elections. Tuesday's ruling from District Judge Jessica Fehr came after the Billings-based judge temporarily halted the Ballot...

Montana infections set record as outbreak hits nursing home

Jul. 7, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday reported its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began. Residents and staff of Canyon Creek...

Montana virus infections hit new high as nursing home hit

Jul. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday reported its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began. Residents and staff of Canyon Creek...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management is the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline where it crosses into the United States from Canada in Phillips County, Mont. The U.S. Supreme Court has handed another blow to the disputed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key permit for the project. However, the order Monday, July 6, 2020, also put on hold the lower court ruling as it pertains to other oil and gas pipelines across the nation. The Trump administration had argued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit program that has been in the place since the 1970s was functioning properly when it was canceled by a Montana judge in April. (Al Nash/Bureau of Land Management via AP, File)

US Supreme Court deals blow to Keystone oil pipeline project

Jul. 6, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on Monday by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental permit for the project. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the...

Montana reports 121 additional virus cases in 3 days

Jul. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials reported another 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases from Saturday through Monday, marking one of the state's highest three-day totals as infections surge. Health officials announced 39 additional cases on Saturday, 45 on Sunday and 37 on Monday, pushing the statewide...