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Evening Newscast 03-04-15

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's Evening Newscast, both of Montana's senators voted to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline today.

A federal judge has cleared the way for nearly $20 million in payments to victims of sex abuse perpetrated by clergy for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

Kalispell Republican Representative Kieth Regier wants to require doctors to be present when women take abortion-inducing medication.

A federal judge has ordered settlement talks to resolve a legal dispute in which former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and others are seeking $10 million in compensation over some condemned mining claims.

Three Republican-sponsored bills to bolster short-term mental health care have passed through the Montana House with unanimous support, but they cover only a fraction of what the governor proposed in January.

Montana officials say companies paid an average of a $1.50 per acre during a sale of state-owned mineral rights for oil and gas exploration.

Less than 15 percent of applicants seeking to float central Montana's scenic Smith River were issued permits through a lottery run by state parks officials.


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