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Corin Cates-Carney

Capitol Reporter

Corin Cates-Carney is the Capitol Bureau reporter for MTPR,  Corin was formerly MTPR's Flathead area reporter.

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

Contact Corin Cates-Carney:
Mobile: 253-495-5193
Capitol Office:  406-444-9399

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A survey released this month says one in five state employees in Montana are aware of unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenses squandering government resources.

The state Legislative Audit Division says 19 percent of state workers that responded to their survey said they had first-hand knowledge of waste of state government resources in the agencies they work for.

Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Allmendinger was killed after being trapped under a car while on a call.
Courtesy Gallatin County Sherriff's Office

The funeral Friday for a Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy who died on duty last weekend is expected to draw attendance from hundreds of officers from Montana and at least four other states. Gov. Steve Bullock ordered all flags be flown at half-staff tomorrow in honor of the deputy.

Thirty-one year-old Deputy Jake Allmendinger died last Oct. 19 while responding to a report of a stranded driver in the Bridger Mountains.

Bison in Yellowstone National Park
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A lawsuit filed in federal court Monday is challenging a long-contested bison hunt near Yellowstone National Park.

A group of Gardiner residents says the annual winter bison hunt just north of the park is unsafe for property owners, hunters, and tourists.

The Johnson & Johnson company has agreed to pay nearly $117 million in a multi-state settlement, including Montana, over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products.

Montana Lieutenant Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney.
Montana Governor's Office

Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is asking his opponents in the Democratic primary race for governor to sign a pledge to limit outside spending and self-funding in their campaigns. The pledge was called a media stunt by one opponent.

Cooney this week offered the pledge to donate to charity half of the value of any independent expenditures made by outside organizations, individuals, or corporations that benefit his campaign.

Nearly 23 percent of Montana high school students use electronic cigarette type products, according to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

State health officials say a teenager's death is related to a vaping-associated illness. On Wednesday, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced the state’s first identified death linked with the national outbreak of e-cigarette use.

Lewis & Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis and Sheriff Leo Dutton talk to reporters about an explosion at Helena's Rossiter School, Oct. 15, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Updated 4:30 p.m., Oct 15, 2019

Students at Rossiter School in Helena evacuated Tuesday morning after the Lewis and Clark’s Sheriff’s Department reported a detonated improvised explosive device found on the school playground. But law enforcement now says there was no detonation and no bomb.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Missoula, Oct. 18, 2018.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A majority of Montana voters do not think President Donald Trump should be impeached, according to a poll from the University of Montana released this week.

52% of Montana voters polled say they do not think Trump should be impeached and removed from office. 39%  say he should be impeached and removed, and 10% say they don’t know.

Vape device

Governor Steve Bullock on Tuesday ordered a temporary stop to sales of flavored e-cigarettes. The emergency rules take effect October 22. 

Bullock is directing the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to enforce a 120-day ban on flavored e-cigarette sales.

Kenneth Bogner (L) and Albert Olszewski (R).
Courtesy Olszewski campaign

State Sen. and Republican gubernatorial candidate Albert Olszewski picked a running mate yesterday for his bid to win the party’s nomination in 2020. Olszewski is tapping fellow state Senator Republican Kenneth Bogner of Miles City.