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2 sentenced for child endangerment after girl's body found

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two women have been sentenced to 18 months in Crow Tribal jail after being convicted of child endangerment and custodial interference in the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found on the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana. ...

Judge strikes down initial approval for stalled Montana mine

Apr. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down the government’s approval of the first phase of a long-stalled copper and silver mine that would be constructed beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness. The decision against the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon...

Man who pleaded guilty in Crow killing dies in custody

Apr. 13, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in front of her child on the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana has died in custody, authorities said Tuesday. Taylor Leigh Plainbull, 28, died in custody in Big Horn County, Wyoming,...

Montana Senate endorses bill in effort to ban abortions

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Tuesday endorsed a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, an effort to ban abortions. The bill passed the House 66-33 on a party-line vote last month. Since it...

Pictograph park to re-open after rock slide blocked road

Apr. 13, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Pictograph Cave State Park is set to re-open Wednesday after being closed for almost three months because of a rock slide that blocked the road to the tourist attraction near Billings. The 23-acre park has been shut since January as...

Montana correctional facilities to reopen for visitors

Apr. 12, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's correctional facilities are scheduled to reopen for visitors and volunteers later this month after more than a year of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state's new corrections director, Brian Gootkin, said in a statement...

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West

Apr. 06, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the situation is worsening. ...

VA Secretary McDonough tours Montana with Sen. Tester

Apr. 05, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough heard frustrations over high turnover rates among health care providers at the agency as he began a three-day tour of Montana on Monday — his first official trip since being confirmed in February. The...

After fewer bison left Yellowstone, population set to grow

Apr. 04, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fewer bison migrated out of Yellowstone National Park this winter than in years past, leading officials to drop plans to capture and remove some of the animals as part of a population control program. Almost 170 bison were shot by hunters just...

Wildlife group pushes to end bird killing at fish hatchery

Apr. 04, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Billings bird conservationists have started an online petition seeking to pressure Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to stop killing ospreys and other birds that are eating or harassing largemouth bass at the agency’s Miles City Fish Hatchery ponds. ...