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Billings hospital uses virtual reality to aid rehabilitation

May. 21, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Dr. Jose Ortiz counted the minutes he spent in the back of an ambulance transporting him from Red Lodge to Billings. Timely treatment is imperative to saving one’s life or quality of life during a stroke. And Ortiz had at least a 60 minute drive before he would be...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

Montana state senator and U.S. House candidate dies

May. 07, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Democratic Montana state senator and U.S. House candidate has died. The family of 62-year-old Mark Sweeney of Philipsburg in a statement Saturday said he died at home on Friday night. No cause was given. The Montana Democratic Party in a...

Canada lynx protections deal sealed by US, environmentalists

Apr. 27, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to craft a new habitat plan for the snow-loving Canada lynx that could include more land in Colorado and other western states where the rare animals would be protected, according to a legal agreement made public Tuesday. ...

Authorities ID man who was shot, killed outside Montana bar

Apr. 26, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday identified a 29-year-old Billings man as the victim of a weekend shooting outside a bar in the eastern Montana city. A single gunshot wound to the torso killed Domonic Shawn Dale Morgan, Yellowstone County Coroner Rich Hoffman told the...

EXPLAINER: Can climate change be solved by pricing carbon?

Apr. 22, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As climate change bakes the planet, dozens of nations and many local governments are putting a price tag on greenhouse gas emissions that are increasing flooding, droughts and other costly catastrophes. Pennsylvania on Saturday becomes the first major fossil...

Judge blocks Montana's transgender birth certificate law

Apr. 21, 2022 22:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Thursday temporarily blocked enforcement of a law that required transgender people to have undergone a “surgical procedure” before being allowed to change their sex on their birth certificates. The law was part of a growing list of...

Employee, customer die in fire at small town Montana casino

Apr. 21, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

BRIDGER, Mont. (AP) — Two people died in a casino fire in a small town in south-central Montana, Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan said Thursday. Marla Murray, 71, and John Ahles, 33, died Wednesday morning in the fire at Honest Tom's Saloon and Casino in Bridger, McQuillan...

84-year-old Montana woman dies after being mauled by dogs

Apr. 20, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings woman has died of injuries suffered when she was attacked by three dogs earlier this month, police said. Melitta Hain, 84, died on April 16 of injuries she suffered in the attack eight days earlier, Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner Rich Hoffman...

Billings school board allows students more time to graduate

Apr. 19, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

The board of trustees of Montana's largest school district has voted to allow students additional time to graduate after a public campaign by the family of a student with Down syndrome who otherwise would not have been allowed to attend her senior year with her classmates. Under the...