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Edward O'Brien, Assistant News Director: 406-243-4065

Helena News:
Corin Cates-Carney, Capitol Reporter: 253-495-5193, @clccarney

Flathead News:
Nicky Ouellet, Flathead-area Reporter: 603-568-6155 or 406-730-2264, @nickydoesradio

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.

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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

A bear warning sign.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A grizzly bear was detected in the Bitterroot National Forest about 15 miles west of Stevensville last week, according to a Montana FWP press release. Although there's no resident population of grizzlies in the Bitterroot, bear managers consider the area an important link between griz populations in the Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide ecosystems.

Evening Newscast 07-17-19

Jul 17, 2019

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has qualified for the second televised debate among candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination to run for president.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has partially opened two of the Fort Peck Dam's spillway gates to relieve the rising water level in the reservoir. 

The Mount Holmes fire lookout burned down after being struck by lightning on July 16, 2019. Park officials took this photo the following day from a helicopter.
Jessica Page / National Parks Service

Yellowstone National Park says that its Mount Holmes Fire Lookout burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon after being struck by lightning. The fire also damaged a park radio repeater.

The fire lookout is located southwest of Mammoth Hot Springs and north of Madison Junction.

Glacier National Park officials say there has been no sign of a 66-year-old man who's been missing for over a week, and the trail where he was last seen is closed because of grizzly bear activity.

A Flathead County land use consulting company is suing the City of Whitefish, saying it violated Montana open meeting laws when it crafted its recently implemented affordable housing policy.

Kathleen Williams, Matt Rains and John Mues speak at the Montana Democrats' convention in Helena, July 12 & 13, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney. / Montana Public Radio

Montana Democrats held their state convention in Helena over the weekend. They heard from nearly a dozen candidates for statewide and federal office, and from a former U.S. senator who told them the party needs to pay more attention to rural voters if it wants to win in the 2020 elections.

Montana Public Radio's Corin Cates-Carney covered the convention, as did freelance reporter Alex Sakariassen. They joined John Adams of the Montana Free Press to talk about what they saw. 

Missoula County fire officials announced today they’ve moved fire danger to HIGH, effective immediately.

A new study has found that prices Montana hospitals charge for patients with private health insurance can be double what the federal government sets as fair.

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