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Evening Newscast 06-01-15

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The National Weather Service says thunderstorms packing powerful winds, potentially-large hail and brief torrential rain are likely across our listening-area this evening. Meteorologist Luke Robinson says a particularly strong system could affect an area from Missoula to the Bitterroot Valley.

Flathead Lake is a good two feet below full pool following this particularly dry spring in northwest Montana. Northwestern Energy, which manages Kerr Dam, has notified tribal and federal agencies that water levels are low which could affect outflows this summer.

The longtime operator of one of the largest coal-fueled power plants in the West has completed a spin-off of assets that includes the 2,000-megawatt Colstrip Generating Station in southeastern Montana.

A Bozeman man says he is shocked that the orphaned baby moose he reported to authorities was killed, but wildlife officials say the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department followed protocol.

Montana lawmakers will consider whether state officials can issue permits required under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new clean-water rule. Members of the Water Policy Interim Committee today discussed giving priority to a study of state versus federal water jurisdiction under an executive order issued last week by President Barack Obama.

Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal weekend stabbing as a 37-year-old Butte man as Leonard Eagle.

Federal authorities have reached an agreement with the owner of Idaho's Lucky Friday Mine and Mill concerning water pollution violations near the headwaters of the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River. The government is cleaning up a century of mining pollution in the river valley.

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