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Evening Newscast 12-15-15

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham
MTPR Evening Newscast

A constitutional challenge to Montana's open primary election law appears to be headed to trial. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled yesterday that state and county Republicans have too many unproven claims in their lawsuit to decide the case without a trial.

Uber, the booming ride-sharing platform that allows just about anyone to turn their car into a taxi business, is now legal in Montana.

A proposed silver and copper mine in northwestern Montana's Cabinet Mountains Wilderness has cleared a major hurdle with the completion of an environmental study. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality says a final decision on the Montanore mine near the Idaho border could come by late January.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will decide whether a person with multiple domestic violence convictions in tribal court is eligible for enhanced sentences in the federal system. The case stems from an appeals court ruling from a Montana case that went against separate court decisions on cases in North Dakota and Utah.

A new study predicts climate change could threaten some 11,000 Montana jobs and almost $300 million in outdoor labor earnings by 2050.

Winter travel into Yellowstone National Park is opening thanks to recent snow storms.

Idaho officials boosted the state's wildfire protection budget today by about 10 percent for the 2016 fire season following one of the state's worst fire seasons on record this year.


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