Latest Montana state government News

3 Great Falls siblings found safe, Amber Alert canceled

Nov. 14, 2019 9:11 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Three siblings who had been reported missing from Great Falls have been located in Idaho, and the Montana Department of Justice has canceled an Amber Alert issued for them. The agency says two girls, ages 5 and 3, and a 1-year-old boy were found safe Thursday several hours after...

Carroll College to host 2 GOP gubernatorial candidates

Nov. 14, 2019 12:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Carroll College will host a debate this month between two of the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Montana governor. A statement distributed Thursday by Attorney General Tim Fox’s campaign says the debate will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 and will feature...

Republican gubernatorial debate in Helena postponed

Nov. 12, 2019 1:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Lewis and Clark County Republican Central Committee has decided to postpone a gubernatorial candidate debate it had planned to sponsor in Helena later this month until all three candidates can attend. The committee announced Monday it would hold a debate at Carroll College on Nov....

Playing up name, Bullock connects to New Hampshire history

Nov. 12, 2019 1:06 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed up for the New Hampshire primary, joking that he deserved a discount on the filing fee for sharing a name with the man who started the state's tradition more than a century ago. Candidates sign up to get on the ballot at a desk that belonged to...

Gubernatorial candidates Fox, Olszewski to debate in Helena

Nov. 11, 2019 4:29 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two of the three Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to discuss jobs and the economy during a debate in Helena later this month. Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski have agreed to the Nov. 26 debate at Carroll College. Lewis and Clark County Republican...

Montana's Medicaid expansion work requirements delayed

Nov. 8, 2019 6:35 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The work requirements that state lawmakers added to Montana's Medicaid expansion program as a compromise to keep the program alive won't go into effect in January as planned. The bill that passed earlier this year calls for able-bodied people receiving coverage under Medicaid expansion...

Montana Legislature looking at annual sessions

Nov. 8, 2019 12:25 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers plan to meet in January as part of a study on whether the Legislature should meet every year. Legislators will attend already scheduled interim committee meetings along with training sessions from Jan. 13-17 in Helena, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported Friday. The...

Montana, Jehovah's Witness settle discrimination complaint

Nov. 7, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay some of an inmate's attorney fees and have a prison warden undergo religion rights training to settle a discrimination complaint. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that the state Department of Corrections settled with Montana Women's...

Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?

Nov. 7, 2019 4:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth. It all comes down to how the state Supreme Court answers a seemingly simple...

200 head of cattle hampered I-90 traffic in southern Montana

Nov. 7, 2019 11:06 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At least 200 head of cattle hampered traffic on Interstate 90 near Lodge Grass in southern Montana. The Montana Department of Transportation says local, state and tribal agencies responded Thursday morning, and travelers experienced reduced speeds and delays about 2 miles (3...