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Trial starts in challenge to new Montana voting laws

Aug. 15, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Native Americans who must travel long distances to election offices and cope with unreliable and infrequent mail delivery are further disenfranchised under election laws approved last year, a lawyer said Monday during opening statements in a trial challenging the laws'...

Pipeline break spills 45,000 gallons of diesel in Wyoming

Aug. 12, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A diesel pipeline in Wyoming owned by a company that's being sued by federal prosecutors over previous spills in two other states cracked open and released more than 45,000 gallons (205,000 liters) of fuel, state regulators and a company representative disclosed Friday. ...

Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from US lands

Aug. 12, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump, in an order that marked a major setback to the already struggling coal industry....

US sued in bid to force decision on Rockies wolf protections

Aug. 09, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued federal officials Tuesday after the government missed a deadline to decide if protections for gray wolves should be restored across the northern U.S. Rocky Mountains, where Republican-led states have made it easier to kill the predators. ...

1-year-old drowns after falling in pool at Montana daycare

Jul. 27, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 1-year-old boy drowned at a home daycare just north of Helena last week, Lewis and Clark County officials said Wednesday. Camden Brown of Billings and other children were at a home daycare on July 21 when the boy got out of the house and fell into a pool in...

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

Jul. 25, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and...

Montana deputy who killed 2 was responding to accident

Jul. 25, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana sheriff’s deputy was responding to a report of a motorcycle accident on a rural highway when he struck and killed two people, Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan said Monday. The crash involving Sgt. Kelly Carrington was captured by two video...

Montana tribe sues US agency over policing and jail space

Jul. 22, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A southeastern Montana tribe has filed a federal lawsuit against the Interior Department and its Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying the U.S. is not complying with its treaty obligation to provide adequate law enforcement services on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. ...

Pickup driver hits family in Montana, kills 2 with shotgun

Jul. 20, 2022 23:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man drove his pickup truck into a family as they walked in a tourist village bordering Glacier National Park and opened fire with a shotgun, killing one man and mortally wounding a toddler who was in her mother's arms before the mother's sister-in-law managed to kill the...

Longtime conservationist victim of Montana dust storm crash

Jul. 20, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A longtime conservationist and the founder of an organization dedicated to creating a community of people who participate in outdoor recreation was among six victims in a Montana interstate pileup caused by a dust storm last Friday. The crash also killed two children, ages 3...