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Billings hospital uses virtual reality to aid rehabilitation

May. 21, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Dr. Jose Ortiz counted the minutes he spent in the back of an ambulance transporting him from Red Lodge to Billings. Timely treatment is imperative to saving one’s life or quality of life during a stroke. And Ortiz had at least a 60 minute drive before he would be...

Montana not following transgender birth certificate ruling

May. 20, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It's been a month since a Montana judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a state law that required transgender people to undergo surgery before they could change their gender on their birth certificate, and the state still isn't in compliance with the court order, the ACLU...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

Montana primary voters must be registered by noon on June 6

May. 18, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montanans who want to cast a vote in next month's primary election must be registered with their county elections office by noon on June 6, under an order by the Montana Supreme Court. The justices, in a 4-1 ruling Tuesday, said changes to election laws passed...

Man killed after recycling bin he sheltered in was picked up

May. 15, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who apparently sought shelter in a cardboard recycling bin in Montana's capitol city was killed after the container was picked up by a garbage truck, the Helena Police Department said. The man's body was found in a collection of recycled cardboard by an...

Lake County officials looking for suspect in woman's death

May. 12, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Lake County officials who were investigating a reported domestic disturbance found the body of a 22-year-old woman and continued to look Thursday for the man believed to have been arguing with her. Officers responded to a reported disturbance at 9:30 p.m....

Randy Weaver, participant in Ruby Ridge standoff, dies at 74

May. 12, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Randy Weaver, patriarch of a family that was involved in an 11-day Idaho standoff with federal agents 30 years ago that left three people dead and helped spark the growth of anti-government extremists, has died at the age of 74. His death was announced...

Court hearing: Did Biden legally suspend oil lease sales?

May. 10, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden legally called for suspending new and gas lease sales while considering their effect on climate change, and onshore and offshore sales were legally postponed, a federal attorney argued Tuesday. The current offshore lease sale plan states...

Idaho kayaker dies in accident in northwestern Montana river

May. 09, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — An experienced kayaker from Victor, Idaho, died in a kayaking accident in the Yaak River in northwestern Montana over the weekend, Lincoln County officials said Monday. Dispatchers received an SOS message from a GPS device in the river at about 12:20 p.m....

Montana state senator and U.S. House candidate dies

May. 07, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Democratic Montana state senator and U.S. House candidate has died. The family of 62-year-old Mark Sweeney of Philipsburg in a statement Saturday said he died at home on Friday night. No cause was given. The Montana Democratic Party in a...