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Evening Newscast 12-12-19

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A fake bomb threat at the Kalispell Walmart on Wednesday was initially labeled by law enforcement as a swatting incident, where pranksters hijack phone numbers in order to call in fake threats to police.

The U.S. Senate will consider expanding access to health care for Native American veterans and streamline the hiring process for tribal law enforcement.

State attorneys general are urging Congress to permanently regulate fentanyl-related compounds in an effort to aid law enforcement in curbing the opioid epidemic.

Yellowstone National Park's winter tourist season begins Sunday.

The Montana Department of Commerce announced this week that for the first time, state dollars are available to develop affordable rental homes for low- to moderate-income residents.

The former president of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe in Montana has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for receiving improper travel reimbursements.

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