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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana offered some advice to Republican Senator Steve Daines Wednesday. They want him to stop blocking Montana residents from his official government Twitter account.

“By blocking users, it prevents them from being able to engage in discourse about the various different issues that are raised by Senator Daines on his account," says ACLU of Montana attorney Elizabeth Ehret.

Zuri Moreno speaks at the launch of Free and Fair Montana campaign in Billings, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in this screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.
Screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.

A group called Free and Fair Montana is urging voters to oppose the so-called “bathroom ballot” initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender by which they live and identify.

Judge Issues Injunction In Montana Abortion Provider Case

Apr 9, 2018
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge says an advanced practice registered nurse and a certified nurse midwife can provide abortions in Montana while they challenge a state law — as long as they have the proper training.

The preliminary injunction comes in the case of two nurses who are challenging the constitutionality of a law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions.

A nurse in the Flathead Valley will ask a Montana district court Thursday to suspend a state law that limits who can and cannot perform abortions. She’s being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Only physicians and physicians assistants can legally perform abortions in Montana. It's a felony for others to perform the procedure.

Montana State University-Northern has resolved a discrimination complaint filed last year by a Native American student group.

The Havre-based university and the Sweetgrass Society student group signed on to the agreement, which settles the complaint alleging racial discrimination and First Amendment violations at the school.

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Montana state law that limits who can perform abortions. The lawsuit filed in state court Tuesday says current law violates patients’ equal protection rights to choose an abortion health care provider.

Montana law allows only physicians and physicians assistants to perform abortions. 

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the Montana County attorney who has implemented an immediate ‘crackdown’ on pregnant women found to be using drugs or alcohol never consulted with him.

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Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester wants immigration officials to tell Congress when they eavesdrop on cell phone conversations. His proposal is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s 2018 budget, which is still under consideration in Congress.

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Walmart has officially apologized for racially discriminating against a Montana State University professor in the company’s Bozeman store.

ACLU of Montana filed a Montana Human Rights Bureau complaint on behalf of Professor Gilbert Kalonde.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Mexican citizen who feared posting bail on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge in Montana because he was the subject of a civil immigration hold was released from jail this week and, within an hour, was taken into custody by immigration officials.

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