Associated Press

Montana judge blocks wolverine trapping

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana judge has issued a last-minute restraining order blocking a trapping season for the fierce but imperiled wolverine that had been ... Full story

Gallatin County woman reported missing

 BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The Gallatin County sheriff's office is looking for a 41-year-old woman who is missing from her home between Bozeman and Livingston. ... Full story

Redistricting panel votes on Senate districts

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The commission appointed to redraw Montana's legislativemap for 2014 is voting on the shape of the state's 50 Senate districts.    ... Full story

Eureka vet gets puppy from Santa Paws 2 movie

 EUREKA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana veterinarian who helped on the set of the recently released direct-to-video Disney movie "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" ... Full story

Mont. governor: no emergency releases on Missouri

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is asking the White House to reject calls for more water releases from reservoirs on the Missouri River to ... Full story

Humvee rollover hurts 4, 2 seriously

AUGUSTA, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities say two military personnel were seriously injured when a Humvee rolled on Montana 21 east of Augusta.    The Great ... Full story

Man pleads not guilty in pipe-bomb car chase

 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A Virginia man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a Montana highway chase in which he is accused ... Full story

MSU fans can watch game at Christmas stroll

 BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The holiday music surrounding Bozeman's annual Christmas stroll may be drowned out by some occasional cheers.    Because the stroll is ... Full story

Man gets deferred sentence after child wanders

 KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- A Kalispell man has been given a five-year deferred sentence after a 2-year-old boy he was supposed to be caring for ... Full story

MSU professors seeking union decertification vote

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Some professors at Montana State University are pushing for a vote to decertify the faculty union, saying it costs more than it's ... Full story

GOP appeals Schweitzer ethics ruling to judge

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Republican Party is taking its ethics complaint against Gov. Brian Schweitzer to court.    In March, the state political ... Full story

Man gets deferred sentence after child wanders

 KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- A Kalispell man has been given a five-year deferred sentence after a 2-year-old boy he was supposed to be caring for ... Full story

Supco upholds Jay Myran's homicide conviction

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Supreme Court has denied a Three Forks man's efforts to have his deliberate homicide conviction overturned.    The Bozeman ... Full story

Montana native plays lead character in video game

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana native and member of the Crow tribe landed the role of the lead character in the recently released video ... Full story

Anaconda woman sentenced for selling methadone

ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) -- An Anaconda woman has been given a three-year deferred sentence and fined $2,500 for selling methadone to her friend a day before ... Full story

Missoula County jailer fired for excessive force

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A Missoula County detention officer has been fired afteran investigation into a complaint of excessive use of force on an inmate. ... Full story

Montana tribal elder who 'adopted' Obama dies

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An elder from Montana's Crow Indian Tribe who ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama into his family during the 2008 presidential race ... Full story

Accountant's indictment tossed in medical pot case

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A judge says prosecutors obtained an indictment against a Missoula medical marijuana provider's accountant by using statements she made while under immunity from ... Full story

Jesus statue challenge salvaged by local atheist

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A lawsuit seeking the removal of a Jesus statue from federal land in northwestern Montana has been salvaged by a local ... Full story

Judges uphold life sentences in Miles City murder

 MILES CITY, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana State Prison inmate serving two life sentences for his role in the kidnapping, torture and slaying of a ... Full story

Townsend man dies in ATV crash

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A 61-year-old Townsend man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash on a dirt road near Townsend    The Montana Highway ... Full story

Police seeking man who tried to rob credit union

 BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- Police in Butte are searching for a man who tried to rob a credit union.    Officers say a white man entered ... Full story

Woman denies running over estranged husband

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Billings woman has denied charges that she ran into her estranged husband with a sport utility vehicle during an argument.    ... Full story

Groups say Flathead ban leaves out land in Canada

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Conservation groups in the U.S. and Canada are urging Canadian regulators to ban mining and drilling on federal land in a border ... Full story

Oil pipeline from ND to Okla. canceled

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A proposed $1.8 billion oil pipeline from North Dakota to Oklahoma has been called off because the company behind the deal couldn't ... Full story

Man charged with taking son will return to Canada

 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A man arrested in Montana after fleeing British Columbia with his 3-year-old son has reversed himself and says he will ... Full story

Attorney general-elect looking for applicants

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Attorney General-elect Tim Fox has lined up his transition team and says he is looking for applicants for jobs within the Department ... Full story

Mont. man gets life in prison for ND killing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A Montana man who told investigators that a dream led him to kidnap and kill a man in North Dakota has ... Full story

CA woman pleads guilty after MT marijuana bust

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A 23-year-old California woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana discovered in a rental ... Full story

Judge denies redacted texts in rape case

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A Missoula judge has denied a former University of Montana quarterback's request to release the complete text messages sent and received ... Full story

Butte recycling plant cited for safety violations

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Federal officials have cited the owner of a scrap metalrecycling plant in Butte with 12 workplace safety violations and proposed $59,000 in ... Full story

Hill topped Bullock in closing days of money race

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Final campaign finance reports show that Republican Rick Hill's supporters rallied to his aid in the wake of a judge's decision ... Full story

Man pleads guilty to illegal trap, dog caught

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- A 59-year-old Florence man has pleaded guilty to trapping violations after a dog was injured when it was caught in a ... Full story

Redistricting panel meets Friday

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The panel charged with drawing new legislative districts meets Friday to combine 100 state House districts drafted earlier this year into 50 ... Full story

Boone and Crockett ranch to be Boy Scout base camp

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Council of the Boy Scouts of America wants to make the state one of the premier destinations for Scout ... Full story

Blunt may seek emergency declaration for river

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the ... Full story

Sen. Barrasso among those seeking Keystone meeting

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso and Sen. Max Baucus of Montanaare among a group of lawmakers seeking to meet with President Barack ... Full story

Mail carrier rescued from Lolo Creek

 LOLO, Mont. (AP) -- A rock on U.S. Highway 12 near Lolo caused a crash that disrupted a postal carrier's appointed rounds. She was not ... Full story

Crime lab toxicologist pleads guilty to DUI per se

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A state Crime Lab toxicologist who frequently testifies about blood-alcohol content has pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol concentration over 0.08 percent. ... Full story

Former bank executive sentenced for embezzlement

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A former vice president at a Malta bank has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for embezzling nearly ... Full story

MT oil executive pleads not guilty to crime in ND

 DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) -- A Montana oil executive has pleaded not guilty to violating oil drilling wastewater disposal rules in North Dakota.    Nathan Garber ... Full story

Store security employee charged with embezzlement

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A woman whose job was to protect against theft at a Target store in Billings has been charged with embezzling nearly ... Full story

Suspect arrested in Anaconda truck theft

 BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- A man suspected of stealing a pickup truck at gunpoint from an Anaconda resident has been arrested in Glendive after a ... Full story

NW grain port workers consider contract

 With a Wednesday deadline looming, workers at grain terminals along the ColumbiaRiver and on Puget Sound are considering a final contract offer.    An impasse ... Full story

Trains delivering oil to Washington refineries

 TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The oil boom in the Great Plains states is affecting refineries and a port in Washington.    The News Tribune reports  ... Full story

Montana St takes on Stony Brook at 5 pm Saturday

 BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The second-ranked and third-seeded Montana State football team hosts Stony Brook at 5 p.m. Saturday in the second round of the ... Full story

High court rejects appeal over insanity defense

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is refusing to consider whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to plead not guilty by reason of ... Full story

Woman charged with DUI argues she was drugged

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A Missoula woman will be given a chance to argue she should not have been charged with driving under the influence ... Full story

River interests still seeking help for low water

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Businesses that move products on the Mississippi River continue to seek the government's help as the river approaches historic lows.    ... Full story

Police: 2 men arrested after breaking into school

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Two Billings men who police say broke into McKinley Elementary School have been taken into custody.    Police tell the Billings ... Full story

Support slim for pot provider's challenge of raids

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana medical marijuana provider facing an 80-year prison sentence has become a kind of martyr among pot advocates. But he's ... Full story

Counties to begin verifying vehicle insurance

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- County treasurers will soon begin using a new computersystem to verify whether people have liability insurance on a vehicle when they license ... Full story

Egypt

1 dead, 40 hurt in Egypt riot ... Full story

Notre Dame's Back

Notre Dame reigns atop college football again ... Full story

Massachusetts Gas Explosion

Utility worker punctured pipe in Mass. gas blast ... Full story

Fiscal Cliff

GOP senator: Fair to put raising revenue on table ... Full story

Insurance Verification

Counties to begin verifying vehicle insurance ... Full story

Date Rape Drug-DUI

Woman fights DUI with date rape drug defense ... Full story

Egypt

ElBaradei: Egypt president must rescind new powers ... Full story

Twin Bridges Crash

Dillon man killed in collision with semitrailer ... Full story

Oilfield Equipment Assembly

Another oilfield equipment assembly plant planned ... Full story

State Department Fire

Fire breaks out at State Department, 3 seriously hurt ... Full story

Flag Desecration Charge

Stevensville man gets jail for burning flag ... Full story

Fatal Obsession

Tentative deal reached in fatal obsession case ... Full story

Bullock-Complaint

Bullock campaign cited for timing of check deposit ... Full story

Restaurant-Carcass Removal

Restaurant settles over 'carcass removal' listing ... Full story

Woman killed, 3 injured in crash near Poplar

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A woman is dead and three people were injured in a Thanksgiving Day rollover crash in northeastern Montana.    The Montana ... Full story

Former state senator injured in hunting accident

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Ken Miller of Laurel is recovering from an accidental shooting during a hunting trip on the ... Full story

Marijuana advocate submits 2014 ballot proposal

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- An East Helena medical marijuana advocate has refiled a proposal to make the recreational use of pot a constitutional right in Montana.   ... Full story

MT man says he scared off wolf fighting with dog

 FLORENCE, Mont. (AP) -- A southwestern Montana man says he scared off what he believes was a wolf fighting with his dog near his backyard.    ... Full story

Montana girl alive after marrow match with German

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- For a 5-year-old Billings girl, the generosity of a complete stranger half a world away is reason to give thanks this ... Full story

Wounded MT soldier says he's thankful to be alive

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A soldier from Montana says he's got a lot to be thankful for, despite being seriously wounded last month in Afghanistan. ... Full story

MT Christian school backers owe bank $1.5 million

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Prime Montana development property once deemed the financial savior of a private Christian school has become a symbol of something different: ... Full story

MT Christian school backers owe bank $1.5 million

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Prime Montana development property once deemed the financial savior of a private Christian school has become a symbol of something different: ... Full story

MT Christian school backers owe bank $1.5 million

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Prime Montana development property once deemed the financial savior of a private Christian school has become a symbol of something different: ... Full story

Syria UPDATE

Syrian rebels strengthen hold in country's east ... Full story

Israel-Explosion

Israel says it arrests Tel Aviv bus bomber ... Full story

Jackson-Resignation

Jockeying under way to replace Rep. Jackson Jr. ... Full story

Thanksgiving Day UPDATE

Sandy victims cheered by NYC's Thanksgiving parade ... Full story

Southeast Texas-Highway Crash

Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead ... Full story

Marrow Match

Montana girl alive after marrow match with German ... Full story

Lucky Soldier

Wounded Montana soldier says he's thankful to be alive ... Full story

Deal Gone Sour

Montana Christian school backers owe bank $1.5 million ... Full story

Sword Attack

Sword attack precedes Montana arrest ... Full story

Marijuana Plea

4 men plead guilty to marijuana charges ... Full story

Montana Millionaire

Montana Millionaire early-bird drawing on Friday ... Full story

Regents-Discrimination Protections

UM, MSU students want gender identity protection ... Full story

Body Found-Trial

Trial in Glendive killing set for March ... Full story

Rick Hill

Hill has no regrets in election loss to Bullock ... Full story

Bullock asks Canada to reconsider Oxy policy

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Attorney General Steve Bullock is asking the Canadian government to reconsider its approval of the generic form of the highly-addictive painkiller OxyContin. ... Full story

Teen pleads not guilty in Arlee stabbings

 POLSON, Mont. (AP) -- A 16-year-old Arlee boy has denied charges that he stabbed his step-father to death and stabbed his mother and another man. ... Full story

State revokes child's tuition for religious school

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The parents of a 4-year-old Columbus girl with hearing and speech disabilities say the state cut off tuition assistance because they ... Full story

Poll finds strong backing for wolf hunting in Wyo.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A poll shows Wyoming residents are divided about the reintroduction of wolves to the state but strongly support wolf hunting.    ... Full story

Trapper ticketed after dog caught in trap

 HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say a trapper has been cited for placing a foothold trap near a Florence fishing access after a dog ... Full story

Woman charged with running over estranged husband

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Billings woman suspected of hitting her estranged husband with a sport utility vehicle during an argument is charged with assault ... Full story

Man charged after pregnant girlfriend attacked

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A 23-year-old Billings man has denied a charge that he tried to smother his pregnant girlfriend during an argument over a ... Full story

Man, employer plead guilty to disability fraud

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A 61-year-old Philipsburg man has pleaded guilty to Social Security disability fraud and his former employer has acknowledged helping him.    The ... Full story

No charges filed yet in Oct. 7 prison death

 BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- The state is still investigating the October death of a Montana State Prison inmate and no charges have been filed.    ... Full story

Competency hearing set in triple homicide

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A competency hearing is scheduled next month in federal court in Billings for a man charged in a 2011 triple homicide ... Full story

Snag in church abuse lawsuit negotiations

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Negotiations between hundreds of alleged sex abuse victimsand the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena have hit a snag with the church's ... Full story

Victims in Bozeman shooting identified

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Gallatin County officials have released the names of the two people who died in an apparent murder-suicide in Bozeman.    Police ... Full story

Montana unemployment drops to 6 percent

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in October, a 0.1 percent decline from the previous month.    Labor Commissioner ... Full story

Officials name pilot of missing aircraft

 PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) -- Officials have identified the pilot of a small plane that went missing Saturday over rugged terrain in western Wyoming.    The ... Full story

Man charged with abducting son returned to Canada

 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A man arrested in northwestern Montana after fleeing British Columbia with his 3-year-old son during a supervised visit has been ... Full story

Tribal members want rest of settlement money

PABLO, Mont. (AP) -- Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes want to vote on whether the tribe should distribute the rest of a ... Full story

Truck stolen at gunpoint in Anaconda

ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) -- Police in Anaconda are searching for a 41-year-old man who reportedly took a pickup truck from another man at gunpoint.    ... Full story

Plane and pilot missing in western Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- Searchers are waiting for the weather to clear before they resume looking for a small plane with only the pilot aboard ... Full story

State preparing to buy Milk River ranch

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The state Land Board is approving plans to buy a Milk River ranch on the Canadian border despite opposition from neighbors. ... Full story

Police investigating apparent murder-suicide

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Police in Bozeman are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the northwest part of the city.    Investigators tell KTVM-TV that two ... Full story

Teen told investigators he wanted parents dead

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A 16-year-old Lake County boy charged stabbings last week that left his mother critically injured and her boyfriend dead told investigators that ... Full story

Officials identify victims of head-on crash

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Highway Patrol has confirmed the identities of two people who were killed in a head-on collision on an Interstate 90 ... Full story

Billings man injured in intentional hit-and-run

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Police in Billings are searching for a woman who strustruck a man with a sport-utility vehicle and fled the scene.    ... Full story

Idaho student from Montana named Rhodes Scholar

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A 2012 graduate of The College of Idaho is one of 32 American college students named Sunday as prestigious Rhodes Scholars. ... Full story

Wyo. officials search for plane in Sublette Co.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- Sublette County officials are searching for a small planewith just a pilot aboard that didn't arrive at its destination.    The ... Full story

Israel-Palestinians-Media

Reporters Without Borders condemns Israeli strikes ... Full story

Hostess-Bankruptcy

Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess ... Full story

Asbestos Forest

Logging a possibility for asbestos-laden forest ... Full story

Rhodes Scholars-Montana

Idaho student from Montana named Rhodes Scholar ... Full story

Little Shell Tribe,

Montana tribe seeks to turn corner on its history ... Full story

Israel-Palestinians

Lull in Gaza rocket fire, Israel keeps up strikes ... Full story

Police Helicopters Crash

6 police injured as helicopters collide in LA area ... Full story

Veterans Parade-Train Crash

NTSB: Signals activated before float on tracks ... Full story

Montana Colleges

Attracting older adults a key to 2-year colleges ... Full story

Israel-Palestinians-Iron Dome

A look at Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile defense system ... Full story

Whitefish-Baggage Fees

Schweitzer opposes Amtrak baggage fees for skiers ... Full story

Body Found-Browning

Body of 21-year-old woman found near Browning ... Full story

Deputy-Mistreating Prisoner

Former Gallatin County deputy wants charge dropped ... Full story

Double Fatal

2 dead in crash south of Garryowen ... Full story

Coal Mine Layoffs

Montana's Decker coal mine to lay off 75 workers ... Full story

Wyoming Abduction

Suspect in Cody abduction waives prelim hearing ... Full story

Troops Return

14 troops to return from Afghanistan ... Full story

Insurance Merger

Blue Cross asks regulators to approve merger ... Full story

Fox-Schweitzer

Schweitzer advises new AG not ... Full story

Blue Cross asks regulators to approve merger

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has formally asked for approval of its proposed merger with the nation's fourth-largest health insurer.   ... Full story

Medical board asked to review assisted suicide

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Board of Medical Examiners is being asked to revisit its policy on physician-assisted suicide.    The board earlier this ... Full story

Schweitzer advises new AG not to be too partisan

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer is advising the first Republican in 20 years to be elected attorney general not be too partisan.    ... Full story

Mont. officials investigate 3 elk left to rot

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana wildlife officials say three elk were killed and their carcasses left to rot north of Whitehall.    Fish, Wildlife and Parks ... Full story

Jury convicts inmate of killing another prisoner

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) -- A jury has convicted a Montana State Prison inmate of killing another prisoner with a weapon made out of two ... Full story

Billings man convicted in fatal store shooting

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A jury has found a Billings man guilty of shooting and killing his former best friend in 2010 outside a convenience store. ... Full story

Regents cite pay, building projects as priorities

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Board of Regents says its top priorities include employee pay and benefits, along with several building initiatives.    The ... Full story

Bankrupt Mont. co-op trustee seeks more time

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A federal judge has given the trustee for a bankrupt Montana power cooperative until Dec. 14 to file a reorganization proposal. ... Full story

Missing man found dead in Sedro-Woolley

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) -- A body found in Sedro-Woolley has been identified as an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who wandered away Oct. 1 from a a ... Full story

Authorities say abducted boy found

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities have found a 3-year-old boy who was allegedly abducted by his biological father and thought to be in danger.    ... Full story

Collared wolves from Yellowstone killed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Yellowstone National Park's chief scientist says seven gray wolves that were collared for research purposes have been shot by hunters in Montana, Idaho ... Full story

Mont. denies lawmaker's request for pay in gold

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana legislator who wants to be paid in silver and gold will have to be satisfied with bills that fold.    ... Full story

Schweitzer hands off big budget plan to Bullock

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer is packing his final budget proposal with plenty of big ideas, such as accepting federal money for a health ... Full story

Oil industry group pushes Obama to OK pipeline

 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The fight over a proposed pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries is picking up again as groups ... Full story

Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and health officials say the biggest changes have been in Oklahoma and a number ... Full story

Exxon offers training, equipment after Mont. spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- ExxonMobil is proposing to pay for emergency response training and equipment for future oil spills as part of its settlement over a ... Full story

Montana pair arrested in Idaho for drug crimes

 BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho State Police seized about $30,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine after a routine traffic stop turned into a big drug bust. ... Full story

Police search for vehicle that struck pedestrian

 BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities are seeking a vehicle that struck and killed a woman who was walking along Interstate 15 south of Butte.    Butte ... Full story

Billings attorney charged over alleged threat

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A Billings attorney accused of telling another lawyer that he was going to "wipe her out" has been charged with professional misconduct.   ... Full story

Bison hunt opens with judge's decision pending

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana's eighth bison season is opening with a judge’s decision pending on the animals' movements outside Yellowstone National Park.   The hunt opens ... Full story

Trailer manufacturer leases site in Bonner

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- An aluminum trailer manufacturer has signed a lease tomove into a 70,000-square-foot facility at the old Stimson mill site in Bonner.   ... Full story

BLM IDs wilderness characteristics, grouse habitat

 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A federal land inventory has identified 386,000 acres on the Hi-Line as having wilderness characteristics and 1.6 million acres of sage ... Full story

Exxon offers training, equipment after Mont. spill

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- ExxonMobil is proposing to pay for emergency response training and equipment for future oil spills as part of its settlement over a ... Full story

Fight to save indigenous languages topic of summit

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Hundreds of tribal members and tribal educators from all over the country are in western South Dakota for a three-day summit ... Full story

Provisional ballot tally gives Juneau small boost

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The statewide tally of provisional ballots has given Denise Juneau a slight boost in her re-election bid for superintendent of public ... Full story

Interior secretary apologizes for reporter threat

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is apologizingfor threatening to punch a Colorado reporter who asked him about problems with the government's ... Full story

Legislators choose partisan leadership for session

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana legislators are picking new leaders in advance of the 2013 Legislature.    Republicans still control both chambers following last week's ... Full story

Lawsuit dismissed over golf balls landing in yard

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- A Ravalli County judge has ruled a couple should not be surprised that golf balls are littering their yard next to ... Full story

Forsyth man sentenced for crash that killed 3

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A 25-year-old Forsyth man has been sentenced for causing the deaths of three passengers in a crash last year.    Rosebud County ... Full story

Provisional ballot count under way across Montana

 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- State election officials are counting 5,500 provisionalballots that could help decide the race for superintendent of public instructions.   Incumbent Democrat ... Full story

Bozeman commissioners replace laptops with iPads

 BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Bozeman city commissioners are being given $600 iPads to cut down on paper used to prepare review packets.    City Manager ... Full story

Review of ballot-counting problems under way

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Yellowstone County election officials are reviewing what happened to delay voter returns from the state's most populous county by several days. ... Full story

Researcher: Montana pension shortfalls now $3.9B

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A researcher says shortfalls in Montana's pensions for teachers and public employee have reached $3.9 billion.    Pew Center on the ... Full story

Bullock invites applicants for cabinet jobs

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Gov.-elect Steve Bullock says he is inviting statewide applicants for jobs inside his administration.    Bullock, the first-term attorney general, beat ... Full story

Billings hotel evacuated after catching fire

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities evacuated a Billings hotel after a fire wwas reported in a second-floor room.    Bourbon Street Hotel and Casino manager ... Full story

Block on medical marijuana restrictions extended

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Helena judge's temporary block of key provisions of Montana's new medical marijuana law will continue for another month.    Voters ... Full story

Corps plans Missouri River reduction

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it ... Full story

Bear in Mont. mauling avoids death, can't be moved

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana officials say they will not challenge a wildlifecompany's refusal to kill a captive 500-pound brown bear involved in the fatalmauling ... Full story

Lawmaker asks to be paid in gold and silver

 KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- A legislator from Columbia Falls is asking the state to pay him in gold and silver coins because he is skeptical about ... Full story

Helena's Holter Museum names new director

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Holter Museum of Art in Helena has hired as its new executive director Corcoran College of Art and Design's membership and ... Full story

Yellowstone-area grizzly population growing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- The grizzly bear population in the greater Yellowstone area is growing despite an increase in the number of bear deaths.    ... Full story

Billings bakers join Hostess Brands strike

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- About 120 employees of the Billings Sweetheart Bakery have joined a national strike despite being warned the bakery could be shut down if ... Full story

State agencies propose 4,500-acre land acquisition

 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- State agencies are proposing to buy a combined 4,54.500 acres of ranchland near the U.S.-Canada border.    The Great Falls ... Full story

Vann's names new CEO for reorganization

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Electronics and appliance retailer Vann's Inc. has a new chief executive and a slightly different name.    Incoming CEO Greg Regelbrugge ... Full story

Arlee teen arrested in fatal stabbing

ARLEE, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities say an Arlee teenager has been arrested after a man was slain and two other people were hospitalized with stab wounds. ... Full story

Mont. man challenges law banning offensive speech

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana man says a law used to charge him for using sexual slur against a public employee criminalizes free speech. ... Full story

Victoria's Secret apologizes for use of headdress

 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Victoria's Secret has apologized for putting a NativeAmerican-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show.    The company responded ... Full story

Montana man accused of slitting man's throat

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A Montana man is being held on assault charges afterallegedly slitting the throat of a man at a bar.    The ... Full story

Troy man dies in fatal vehicle crash

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A Troy man has died in a one-vehicle crash in northwestern Montana.    Sgt. Duane Bowers of the Montana Highway Patrol ... Full story

Montana coal railroad line faces federal review

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi ... Full story

Kennedy says check not meant for WTP

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana candidate whose check ended up in the account of a secretive conservative group says he doesn't know how it got ... Full story

Mo. governor, barge industry urge action

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi ... Full story

Billings criticized for ambulance exemptions

 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Billings has granted hundreds of waivers in recent years to an ambulance service required to have a response time of eight ... Full story

Police fire warning shot at man who wouldn't stop

 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Missoula police fired a warning shot when a 20-year-old man they believed to be carrying a gun refused to stop for questioning. ... Full story

Paperwork problems close 3 Montana VFW posts

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- Veterans of Foreign Wars posts have been closed in Cut Bank, Lima and Twin Bridges.    The Montana Standard reports the ... Full story

2 men sentenced in Kalispell-area gun theft

 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Two northwestern Montana men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a robbery north of Kalispell in which a ... Full story

Obama

Obama honors sacrifice made by nation's veterans ... Full story

Veterans Day-Across America

Nation pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans ... Full story

Gun Theft-Sentencing

2 men sentenced in Kalispell-area gun theft ... Full story

Water Plan

Officials announce proposed water rights compact ... Full story

Medical Marijuana

Montana pot advocates look to Colorado, Washington ... Full story

Montana Prep Scores

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Montana Prep ScoreS

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Myanmar-Earthquake

Strong quake strikes Myanmar; no injuries reported ... Full story

Petraeus Resigns

Official: Emails from paramour led to FBI probe ... Full story

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