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Evening Newscast 08-09-19

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham
Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast

Firefighters on two of the biggest wildfires in Western Montana report getting some benefit from wet weather in the last 24 hours.

Montana authorities say a volunteer firefighter told two teenage girls they had to leave their home because of a wildfire, then gave them alcohol and sexually assaulted them. 

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for input on a 140,000 acre management project in the Big Belt Mountains, northeast of Helena.

A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children.

A 43-year-old Montana man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of beating a man to death with a cement brick in Kalispell.

Forest Service officials have proposed increasing prices and charging new fees for rental cabins and campgrounds in the Lolo National Forest.

More wet weather is forecast for this weekend, especially tomorrow.

The University of Montana and Carroll College are launching two partnerships they say will help students get their graduate degrees in less time and at a lower cost.

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