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Montana farm field.
Parker Beckley / Missoula Grain and Vegetable Company

Montana’s senior Senator says the Trump administration’s ongoing tariff disputes are hurting Montana farmers.

During his monthly press call, Democrat Jon Tester characterized the Trump administration’s growing trade war as, “Our country’s self-inflicted problem that really doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.” 

We’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. Looking first at the market for new homes, they’re getting more expensive.

"The tariff combined with natural disaster just made the cost of lumber rise sharply,” says Ryan Frey, the president of the Missoula Building Industry Association.

The tariff he’s talking about is a 20-percent tariff on Canadian softwood imposed by President Trump last December. 

Montana's Gross State Product growth by industry sector. Nov. 19, 2018
Montana Legislative Fiscal Division

Montana’s Gross State Product, wages and personal income are expected to grow between 3 and 4 percent each of the next few years, according to reports given to lawmakers Monday. That growth rate is slightly below the state’s long-term trend since 2001.

Those reports from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Division drove a projection for how much tax revenue Montana is expected to bring in as lawmakers start building the state’s next two-year budget.

Tester picks up votes in Trump country, and Montanans continue a long tradition of ticket-splitting. Governor Bullock has his hands full with another Republican-led Legislature, and this election stands out in many ways from previous Montana mid-terms. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break it all down in this season's final installment of "Campaign Beat."

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
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A federal judge in Great Falls Thursday night blocked the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline until the U.S. government further studies its impact on the environment and climate.

The controversial pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The 36-inch-wide Keystone XL would pass through six eastern Montana counties and near the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Sen. Tester speaks to supporters in Great Falls.
Courtesy Tester Campaign

Just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Senator Jon Tester made this statement to a room full of supporters at a Great Falls hotel.

"For those of you that don't know — and I don't think anybody knows this — AP has just called this race," Tester told the crowd.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on election night. Nov. 6, 2018
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrat Jon Tester captured a third term in the U.S. Senate with an extremely narrow victory over an opponent President Donald Trump tried to boost by making repeated visits to the state.

Greg Gianforte Wins First Full House Term In Montana

Nov 7, 2018
Greg Gianforte addresses the crowd at his campaign watch party late Tuesday night as his wife Susan looks on. Nov. 6, 2018
Nate Hegyi / Yellowstone Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte has defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams in Montana's U.S. House race to win his first full term in office.

The technology entrepreneur on Tuesday successfully defended the seat he won in a special election last year by campaigning as a strident supporter of President Donald Trump.

Updated at 9 a.m. Check our Live Election Results for the most up to date information.

Not all of Montana's precincts have fully reported this morning so in some cases we don't know much more than we did by the time many people went to bed last night.

A fourth presidential visit to Montana continues a grudge President Trump has with Jon Tester. Libertarians have sometimes influenced the outcome of a Montana Senate race, but will they this year? Republican ads focus on immigration, while Democratic ads want to highlight health care. And the infamous body-slam keeps coming up in the House race. Sally, Chuck and Rob talk about what it all means for Tuesday's election, right now on "Campaign Beat."

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