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Relief funds recommended to recruit health care workers

Oct. 27, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission created to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funding to help stabilize Montana's economy recommended Wednesday that the governor allocate $4 million to help recruit new medical workers to the state. But members rejected a proposal to spend $13 million on...

Legislation introduced to allow lawsuits against Amtrak

Oct. 27, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two Democratic members of Congress introduced legislation Wednesday to end an arbitration clause that Amtrak implemented in January 2019 and give customers the right to sue the passenger rail service to resolve disputes. “This bill will restore...

Missoula County identifies man who died after police pursuit

Oct. 27, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An East Helena man died after a weekend police pursuit that began in Missoula and ended in a pond west of the city, Missoula County officials said Wednesday. Jade Champagne, 33, died Saturday evening, Sheriff and Coroner T.J. McDermott said. ...

Man gets house arrest in case of missing Blackfeet girl

Oct. 27, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to nine months of house arrest after pleading guilty to negligent endangerment in the case of a 3-year-old girl who went missing on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in April. HaHaax Vielle pleaded guilty Tuesday in...

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules...

Cause of Montana Amtrak derailment still under investigation

Oct. 26, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A preliminary report on an Amtrak train derailment in Montana last month that killed three people and injured dozens more offered no clues about what triggered the accident, but said the train’s emergency brakes were activated and that Amtrak estimated the damage at...

Former Halliburton CEO, wife donate to Montana Tech nursing

Oct. 26, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A former CEO of Halliburton and his wife have donated $7 million to the nursing program at Montana Tech. The gift from Dave and Sherry Lesar is the largest single gift in the history of the university, Chancellor Les Cook said Monday. ...

Montana Democrats want investigation of attorney general

Oct. 25, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican leaders in the Legislature on Monday approved a request by Democratic lawmakers to look into the Montana Department of Justice's involvement in investigating a complaint made by the family of a COVID-19 patient at a Helena hospital. St....

Man drives into pond while being pursued by police, dies

Oct. 25, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man died after driving into a pond while being pursued by Missoula police, a spokeswoman said Monday. Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop Saturday evening, but the driver did not stop and officers began a pursuit, police spokeswoman Lydia...

Work starts on plant to treat mine waste water in Belt Creek

Oct. 24, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

BELT, Mont. (AP) — The town of Belt was built on coal. For 50 years men worked the mines ringing the small town east of Great Falls. The coal they harvested was first used to power the paddle-wheelers that once plied the Missouri River. Later it fired the smelters of...