Montana Public Radio

Evening Newscast 03-17-20

Mar 17, 2020

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send $4.5 million to Montana to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Irish flag is flying over the Montana Capitol for St. Patrick's Day, but celebrations were subdued Tuesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Crews in northwestern Montana are still restoring services to customers and clearing hundreds of trees downed by a storm last week.

After receiving pressure from congressional lawmakers, the Indian Health Service is providing some members of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs committee a redacted report on the agency’s response to a former doctor’s abuse of patients in Montana and South Dakota.

Montana utility regulators say they need more information from NorthWestern Energy before considering the company’s request to buy an additional share in the Colstrip coal-fired power plant.

Governor Steve Bullock announced late this afternoon that uninsured Montanans will be eligible to receive coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Montana driver’s licenses expiring in March, April, or May of this year will have a 90-day extended renewal deadline.

Montana utility regulators say they need more information from NorthWestern Energy before considering the company’s request to buy an additional share in the Colstrip coal-fired power plant.

Public schools in Montana are closed because of concerns over the novel coronavirus, but new data released this week gives a clearer picture of just how much it costs to educate each student in the state.