Latest Jon Tester News

Man convicted of killing senator's nephew gets life sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced 25-year-old John A. Radavich on Friday for the slaying of...

Missing Native American women advocates call for action

Oct. 8, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Native advocates and the Blackfeet Nation late last week held what is being called the first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Tribunal in the U.S. The testimony from the families of missing and murdered Native people will be delivered to Congressional lawmakers in a push...

Trump's land boss pledges to steer clear of ex-clients

Sep. 25, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's top steward of public lands has recused himself from work involving dozens of former clients following conflict of interest allegations from Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates, federal officials disclosed Wednesday. Acting Bureau of Land...

Trump's Senate Republican allies give OK to $5B wall request

Sep. 24, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies are pushing to give him his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles (322 kilometers) of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the plan ran into immediate opposition from Democrats and is a non-starter with powerful House Speaker...

Jury convicts man in killing of Montana senator's nephew

Aug. 28, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester. John A. Radavich, 25, was convicted Wednesday in Robert Tester's death, The Spokesman-Review reported . Robert Tester, 35, was stabbed with a sword and beaten to death on Sept. 5,...

Agency boss: Past support for US land sales is 'irrelevant'

Aug. 28, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A newly appointed Trump administration official said his past support for selling federal lands was "irrelevant," after his selection to oversee an agency managing nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West drew a backlash. Acting Bureau of Land Management Director...

Montana Editorial Roundup

Aug. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

Billings Gazette, Aug. 18, on outreach for the 2020 Census: Exactly how many people live in Montana? That question must be answered next year. It's important that all of us be counted in the constitutionally mandated decennial census of the United States. In past censuses, some folks have been hard to count...