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Two people are dead from gunshot wounds after a traffic stop and pursuit in Kalispell last night.

Kalispell police say an officer stopped a vehicle, speaking with a man and woman inside, before the driver sped away.  After a brief pursuit, officers placed stop sticks and the vehicle slowly pulled over.

Evening Newscast 07-24-19

Jul 24, 2019

Federal prosecutors are asking a Montana judge to sentence a former athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing Miles City high school children to 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Authorities say more than two dozen children who were removed from an alternative treatment center in northwest Montana are being interviewed as part of an investigation into allegations of physical and psychological abuse. 

The Beeskove fire north of Missoula, July 24, 2019. Forest officials say the fire is burning in difficult terrain including cliff bands, rock scree and rolling debris.
Lolo National Forest

The Beeskove Fire in the Rattlesnake Recreation area north of Missoula was mapped at 0.6 acres, with no new growth overnight. A Facebook post from the Lolo National Forest says hotshot crews cut an access line into the fire yesterday and established a saw line up and around the entire fire perimeter.

Wednesday, firefighters focused on clearing vegetation from the initial saw-line to strengthen containment.

Evening Newscast 07-23-19

Jul 23, 2019

The Montana state health department has removed 27 children from the Ranch for Kids in Rexford citing “serious allegations of egregious, chronic, and persistent child abuse and neglect.”

A lightning-caused fire was reported in the Rattlesnake recreation area North of Missoula. 

An aerial view of the Beeskove fire in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area near Missoula, July 23, 2019.
Lolo National Forest

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the size of the fire. The fire was actually 0.5 acres when discovered, not 5 acres.

A lightning-caused fire was reported in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area north of Missoula. The Lolo National Forest posted on its Facebook page that the fire was called into the Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire is located approximately 4.5 miles up the main Rattlesnake travel corridor (Trail 515), on the south side of Rattlesnake Creek.

Evening Newscast 7-22-19

Jul 22, 2019

Montana on average is looking pretty good for moisture this month, but the western part of the state is leaning slightly dry, while southeast Montana is on the moist side.

Hazardous contaminants flowing down from Canadian mines have prompted Kootenai-River communities to seek stronger protections.

Northcentral and southwest Montana are facing elevated fire danger this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Equifax will pay at least $700 million — and potentially much more — to settle lawsuits over a 2017 data breach of sensitive personal information for about half the U.S population and about a third of Montanans.


A U.S. appeals court Friday said a Montana judge confused two cases when he mistakenly threw out a lawsuit four years ago alleging that inmates with serious mental illnesses weren't receiving the treatment they need.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls threw out the lawsuit in 2015 by Disability Rights Montana that claims mentally ill inmates in Montana State Prison were being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. 

Evening Newscast 7-19-19

Jul 19, 2019

A US appeals court panel has sided with the Trump administration, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that mining companies take financial responsibility for future pollution cleanups. 

The tribes on the Fort Belknap Reservation declared a state of emergency this week over what the tribal president says is a suicide crisis.

Montana’s elected officials are still reacting to a series of racist Tweets President Donald Trump posted last weekend urging a group of Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the countries they came from. 

Evening Newscast 07-18-19

Jul 18, 2019

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast 07-18-19