Latest Montana state government News

Montana court orders demolition of code-violating bridge

Jul. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Supreme Court ruling orders the demolition of a bridge connecting to private land on Flathead Lake's north shore. The Daily Inter Lake reported Wednesday that the state Supreme Court earlier this month found Flathead County officials issued an invalid construction permit...

Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Jul. 18, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of...

Bullock to take part in Democratic presidential debate

Jul. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he's excited to be taking part in the next Democratic presidential debates. The 20-candidate field was finalized Wednesday for the televised debates in Detroit on July 30 and 31. It includes Bullock, who didn't make the cut for the first debate last...

Court rules against release of police files in 2011 killing

Jul. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has denied a woman's request for the police records about her brother's unsolved death, saying the potential that their release could harm the eight-year-old investigation outweighs her right to inspect government documents. The court ruled 5-0 Tuesday that...

Bullock, Montana reach deal over security detail payments

Jul. 16, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has reached a deal with Attorney General Tim Fox to keep a Montana Highway Patrol security detail with him when he travels out of state to campaign for president. Fox sent Bullock an email on May 31 saying the state troopers who make up the governor's...

Comments on copper mine project initially flagged as spam

Jul. 16, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Officials say thousands of public comments submitted by email on a proposed copper mine in Montana were initially flagged as spam. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that state Department of Environmental Quality officials have retrieved and are reviewing the missing...

Parade of Democratic candidates speak at Montana convention

Jul. 13, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A parade of Montana Democratic candidates made their opening arguments Saturday on how they can hold onto the governor's office and win back lost ground in a 2020 election that one party leader described as a fight for the nation's soul. More than 100 Democratic delegates from across...

Democrat John Mues enters Montana US Senate race

Jul. 11, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Political newcomer John Mues has become the second Democrat to enter the race to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. The engineer and Navy veteran said Thursday he decided to run because of Daines' legislative record, including votes to repeal the Affordable Care...

Recovering Montana trooper has surgery after shooting

Jul. 10, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The wife of Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was shot three times says he successfully completed another surgery. Lindsey Palmer said Wednesday in a statement released by the Montana Department of Justice that Wade Palmer underwent a procedure June 17 to repair his skull. She says...

Memorial service set for Hamilton boy killed in hit-and-run

Jul. 10, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A memorial service for a 9-year-old Hamilton boy who died Sunday following a hit-and-run crash has been set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hamilton Middle School. Robert Leonardi was struck and killed — allegedly by a vehicle traveling at nearly double the 35-mph speed limit...