Montana Public Radio

Corin Cates-Carney

Capitol Reporter

Corin Cates-Carney is MTPR's news director. He was formerly the Capitol Bureau reporter, and before that, MTPR's Flathead area reporter.

Corin has worked for NPR, and is a UM Journalism School Graduate.

Contact Corin Cates-Carney:
Email: corin.cates-carney@mtpr.org
Mobile: 253-495-5193
Office:  406-243-4075

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has set a goal for the state to conduct 60,000 COVID-19 tests per month, though sourcing the materials needed to conduct the test remains a challenge.

Bullock says starting next week the state will begin testing all willing residents and employees at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The governor says the state will also increase testing in tribal communities.

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The sponsor of two proposed ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana for use by people 21 and older appeared in court Tuesday. The group is asking for flexibility in Montana’s ballot issue process amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Montana will lift its stay-at-home order starting April 26. Gov. Steve Bullock says the state has flattened the curve of COVID-19 spread in the state and it's time to start reopening. But he also said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that won't happen all at once.

North Higgins Ave. in Missoula was mostly empty on the morning of April 3, 2020.
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The Montana coronavirus task force is expected to move forward with a gradual, phased reopening of the state after stay-at-home and other closure orders expire Friday at midnight.

On the same day last week that Gov. Steve Bullock announced the forthcoming plan, Republican legislative leaders launched a Facebook group calling for a strategy to transition out of the COVID-19 crisis.

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The money funding Montana’s U.S. Senate race has grown by the millions since the start of 2020.

According to federal campaign finance reports, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has drawn in a net of $3.3 million since he entered the race in early March. After some spending, Bullock still ended the first quarter of 2020 with more than $3 million in the bank.

Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio sent a list of four questions to candidates in the gubernatorial primary election, asking how they believe the state’s top executive should approach the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The number of Montanans filing for unemployment continues to rise. More than 64,000 people in the state have filed a claim for benefits since the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in Montana in mid March.

The new unemployment filings equate to almost 6 percent of Montana’s population.

North Higgins Ave. in Missoula was mostly empty on the morning of April 3, 2020.
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Gov. Steve Bullock is extending Montana’s stay-at-home order for at least another two weeks, until April 24.

Bullock announced the move to continue the state’s largest social distancing orders in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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The Montana National Guard is activating 73 soldiers and airmen to screen people coming into the state for signs of illness from the novel coronavirus.

Under orders from Gov. Steve Bullock, national guard troops will be stationed at 17 train stations and airports in 11 cities starting Friday, Bullock says.

A screen capture from Montana's unemployment website, montanaworks.gov, April 01, 2020, telling visitors the unemployment office is experiencing unprecedented call volumes and directing visitors to more resources.
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Self employed, gig workers and freelancers in Montana can now file for unemployment benefits under the federal aid package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump last week.

The $2 trillion spending bill aims to provide economic relief amid the novel coronavirus pandemic that’s caused statewide stay-at-home orders and businesses to close their doors.

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