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Malmstrom Air Force Base

The Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls has declared a public health emergency. Base officials say the base does not have any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness.

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Montana small businesses received about half a billion dollars in 2018 through federal contracts. The federal government says it exceeded its small business federal contracting goal nationwide for the sixth year in a row in 2018.  

Montana businesses received about $729 million dollars last year, and about 60% of that went to small businesses. That’s according to a U.S. Small Business Administration press release on Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is no longer considering using Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls to house unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border.

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Both of Montana’s senators praised the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act today. Both were among the 85 senators voting for the bill.

  Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.

A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.

Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.

"I think the win is here that the missile silos, even though they don't have a missile in them will be kept operational," he says.