Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's evening newscasts bring you headlines from across Montana.

Evening Newscast 07-31-18

Jul 31, 2018

 Hecla mining company says it’s halting reclamation work at the closed Troy silver and copper mine amid a legal fight with state regulators over cleanup expenses at other sites.

Since yesterday one new fire has been discovered in the Kootenai National Forest. The Ten Mile Fire is burning 15 to 20 acres in the Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts.

Smoke from fires in California and Oregon is visible in Western Montana today, bringing air quality in many areas to “moderate.”

Evening Newscast 07-30-18

Jul 30, 2018

Over the weekend, the parties involved in Anaconda’s Superfund cleanup reached an “agreement in principle”, meeting the deadline set by the Environmental Protection Agency just in the nick of time.

Authorities say a Yellowstone River rescue effort for a teenager whose family's boat capsized near Livingston is shifting into a recovery operation.

A judge says NorthWestern Energy is not entitled to collect $8.2 million from customers to cover the cost of an outage at the Colstrip power plant.

Evening Newscast 07-27-18

Jul 27, 2018

Montana's secretary of state says that Russian hackers unsuccessfully probed the state's election systems for weaknesses in 2016.

Two people died in a fiery, head-on collision on U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls yesterday. Both vehicles caught fire.

Hill County Attorney Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson is resigning in the face of ongoing criticism that she is unprepared to prosecute cases.

Evening Newscast 07-26-18

Jul 26, 2018

Montana officials say the state collected enough revenue to give $111 million to government agencies, the treasury and a new rainy day fund.

Montana health organizations that eliminated staff and services amid state budget cuts are cheering Gov. Steve Bullock's announcement that funding will be partially restored, but they say long-term damage has been done.

The Reynolds Lake fire southwest of Darby is now 60 percent contained, up from 50 percent yesterday. The fire did not grow yesterday and remains at 1,068 acres.

Fire mangers report little activity on the Bacon Rind Fire burning near Big Sky on the Gallatin National Forest.

Evening Newscast 07-25-18

Jul 25, 2018

Governor Steve Bullock says the reimbursement rate for Medicaid providers will be among the budget cuts restored after state revenue came in above his administration's projections.

Ballot initiatives to continue Medicaid expansion in Montana and increase mining regulations have both qualified for the November ballot.

Fire managers across Montana are reporting good progress today, from the Wawa fire on the CMR to the Highway 37 fire outside of Libby.