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Evening Newscast 09-28-18

Sep 28, 2018

Montana Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said today he'll vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

An inmate at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby has been hospitalized after being found unresponsive with injuries that Montana officials say are consistent with an assault.

Glacier National Park is preparing for the winter closure next month of its main thoroughfare.

Late Friday morning Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester announced his decision to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's the press release in its entirety:

"(Big Sandy, Mont.)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he will vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee to serve a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court.

Sunset over the seawall in Shishmaref, Alaska.
Nick Mott

Montana Public Radio is launching season two of Threshold, the podcast and radio show we sponsor that tackles one pressing environmental issue each season. Season one explored the story of the American bison and asked if and how we could ever have wild, free-roaming bison again.

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte says balance needs to be restored to environmental litigation.

Gianforte, the chair of the House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment, made that assertion during a hearing Thursday in Washington D.C.

He singles out the Equal Access to Justice Act, or EAJA, as one law in particular need of reform.

The legislatively-formed Upper Columbia Conservation Commission met Wednesday in West Glacier.
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks intercepted 14 boats this summer carrying an invasive mussel that has the potential to topple Montana’s recreation economy.

Senator Steve Daines.
Steve Daines

UPDATED 6:55 PM

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines has issued a statement following today’s hearing on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Daines posted a 47 second video to YouTube with the following statement.

Montana Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Montana Senator Jon Tester is blaming Republican leaders in Congress for failing to schedule a vote on the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, before it expires on Sunday.

More than 40 people came to the DPHHS hearing on Medicaid cuts Feb. 1, 2018 in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Health care providers who take care of some of the most vulnerable people in Montana say they’re thankful for state budget restorations, but they hope it’s just the start.

University of Montana Announces Program Cuts, Changes

Sep 27, 2018
University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — University of Montana leaders announced budget cuts and reallocations as they work to match spending on instructors to total enrollment and interest in each area of study.

The budget reduction totals $5 million.

College deans and department chairs are tasked with meeting the budget goals by June 2021, and there could be retirements or layoffs.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bear Biologist Cecily Costello at the Wednesday meeting
Nick Mott

Editor’s Note: After this story aired, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks contacted us about how we characterized the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem’s grizzly bear conservation strategy. See the * below for clarification.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is going ahead with business as usual on a rule related to removing grizzly bears in and around Glacier National Park from the endangered species list.

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