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Yellowstone National Park sign.
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Yellowstone National Park announced Wednesday that the park's eastern entrancewill open Friday, May 7 — weather permitting.

'For Rent' sign in front of a house.

A new law in Montana prohibits local governments from requiring builders to include housing units for low- and moderate-income families in new projects. The restriction comes as some communities were getting programs off the ground.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Last week, several Montana hospitals were graded on patient outcomes and safety measures by the nonprofit group Leapfrog. Most hospitals scored well, but other Leapfrog grades show room for improvement.

A highway sign saying "road work ahead."

Construction on a roughly 26-mile stretch of Highway 2 that passes by Glacier National Park’s western entrance will begin later this month. Locals and tourists should expect delays.

Before the end of the legislative session closed, Montana lawmakers reversed course on a proposal that would have required a politically-appointed panel to decide who can get Medicaid reimbursement to cover abortion care. Lawmakers will now study the issue.

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill into law to increase the tax exemption on business equipment up to $300,0000. 

The Session Week 18: What Happened During Montana’s 2021 Legislative Session?

May 3, 2021

The 67th session of the Montana Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, April 29. During lawmakers’ 80 days of work, 1,313 bills were introduced and as of mid-day Friday at least 302 had been signed into law.

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Capitol Talk: 2021 Legislature Recap

Apr 30, 2021
'Capitol Talk' is MTPR's weekly legislative analysis program.
Montana Public Radio

The 2021 Legislature produced a balanced budget with a slight spending increase, some new restrictions on abortion, a fight with the state Supreme Court and a lot of fulfilled conservative goals. Holly, Rob and Sally give their final takeaways from the session and preview the upcoming race for Montana's new second congressional seat.

Listen now on this year's final episode of Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in Montana in 2020, according to state data. Many of those who lost loved ones haven’t been able to grieve together. With the weather warming up and health guidelines easing, people are finding ways to mourn in public.