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Evening Newscast 04-23-18

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham
MTPR Evening Newscast

A former Republican state lawmaker has paid a $70,000 penalty for violating campaign finance laws.

Montana State University has received nearly $380,000 in suicide prevention grants to expand two programs.

The Montana Democratic Party will make its case in Lewis and Clark County Court Tuesday against the Montana Green Party appearing on election ballots this year.

Democratic U.S. House Candidate John Heenan is buying ads on Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned TV stations that blast the company for forcing reporters to read conservative-leaning corporate statements on air.

Community Medical Center in Missoula has laid off 16 employees due to state budget cuts. State cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates means the hospital will see at least a $6 million dollar reduction in payments for treating Medicaid patients.

Organizers in Butte have canceled this summer's Evel Knievel Days festival due to a lack of funding.

A boat carrying invasive zebra mussels was stopped late last week at an Anaconda inspection station.

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