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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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Raph Graybill is the 2020 Democratic Candidate for Attorney General
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The Montana Republican Party is reviving claims aimed at disqualifying the Democratic attorney general candidate from the November ballot.

The GOP filed a petition with the Montana Supreme Court Monday, alleging Democrat Raph Graybill is ineligible to run for the office. The party claims Graybill has not practiced law long enough to meet the position’s requirements.

A 2020 Montana primary election absentee ballot
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Montana election officials are calling on Gov. Steve Bullock to allow counties the option of running the November election by mail. Bullock said Wednesday that he’ll decide by August 10.

Veterans suffering from three health conditions related to Agent Orange exposure are closer to receiving expanded benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
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As COVID-19 cases are surging across the county and monitoring for the virus hits a national backlog, Montana is turning to a local university to help with COVID-19 testing.

Montana State University will start processing COVID-19 tests for the state next week, according to the governor’s office, and will be able to test up to 500 asymptomatic individuals a day.

A man wearing a COVID-19 mask.
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The big coronavirus news in the Treasure State this week is the new mask mandate, and that testing for anyone not showing COVID-19 symptoms is about to hit a big pause.

Corin Cates-Carney and Nicky Ouellet walk you through this week's developments, including when and where the mask mandate applies.

Hay bales in a field.
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As Congress prepares to debate another stimulus package to prop up the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, farmers and ranchers are lobbying for more help.

Inside a farm shop southeast of Great Falls Wednesday industry representatives met with federal agriculture department Under Secretary Bill Northey and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to voice their concerns.

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As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 income tax filing deadline until Wednesday, July 15. The Montana filing deadline falls on the same day.

Two separate reopening guides for Montana schools were released on Thursday, one from the governor’s office and the other from the state’s office of public instruction. Neither document is an order, but were presented as ideas for schools to consider when reopening.

Montana’s K-12 schools shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s still unclear exactly how they plan to reopen for students this fall.

The Montana Veterans Health Care System is offering free COVID-19 testing to veterans. In a press release, the agency said Montana Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System can get testing at thirteen locations across the state over the next two weeks. 

On June 24, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.
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Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Thursday lifting visitor restrictions at assisted living facilities and nursing homes — under strict guidelines.

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