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Evening Newscast 04-15-16

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham
MTPR Evening Newscast

A Louisiana company is challenging the cancellation of an oil and gas lease in northwest Montana by federal officials who say drilling would disturb an area sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.

A former Billings police evidence technician has been charged with stealing drugs from an evidence locker.

A Stillwater County dispatcher has been put on administrative leave during an internal investigation into how reports of two fatal traffic crashes were handled last month.

An attempt to regulate air ambulance services supported by Democratic Senator Jon Tester struck out in the U.S. Senate yesterday.

A late spring storm that brought occasionally heavy snow to areas of central and western Montana made travel hazardous along Interstate 15 and downed power poles, causing several outages, before moving off to the east.

Two sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men are due for arraignment Friday before a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas on charges in an armed confrontation with government agents two years ago.

According to the Billings Gazette, a violation of federal regulations at a Flathead Lake state park will end up costing the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks thousands of dollars in appraisals.

Spring mushroom season has kicked off in Montana. The Flathead National Forest is advising that pickers might need permits.

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