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Evening Newscast 03-25-16

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham
MTPR Evening Newscast

A Chippewa Cree woman was named leader of Montana’s new Office of American Indian Health today.

Concerns over sage grouse continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales five months after officials said they'd found a way to balance drilling and conservation.

Disability rights advocates say private providers will need more money to make sure patients can smoothly transition out of the soon-to-be-shuttered Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.

A University of Montana Business Survey says that manufacturers in Montana are optimistic about the year ahead.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in February.

A deal reached between Montana-Dakota Utilities and consumer advocates means utility rates in Eastern Montana will increase starting April first.

A 48 year old Columbia Falls man has pleaded not guilty to stealing nearly $10,000 in electricity by using jumper cables to hook up to a cooperative's transmission system.

Though cleanup efforts at the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Company are underway, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he still wants the plant listed as a federal Superfund site.

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