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Pipes gushing water.
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A backlog in the review of water pollution permits within Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality is leading to an increased risk to public health and aquatic life. That’s according to an audit of the state’s pollution control program given to state lawmakers Friday.

Montana native Lisa Parks, a media scholar at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur fellowship this year.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A Montana native and University of Montana graduate was awarded a prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Grant Thursday.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale, Republican, left, and Senator Jon Tester, Democrat, right.
Montana PBS

A debate between Montana’s U.S. Senate candidates scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed.

The Montana Television Network and Yellowstone Public Radio announced the cancellation of the debate planned in Great Falls Thrusday afternoon. 

Sen. Steve Daines.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Sen. Steve Daines says he's going to attend his daughter's wedding back home in Montana on Saturday regardless of a possible weekend Senate vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he's expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park.

Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a "major announcement" about conservation on Monday in the Paradise Valley area, Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday.

Swift declined to give further details except to say it was an issue Zinke had been working on for years.

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