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Locked-out Imerys America employees at the talc mill in Three Forks, MT. August 24, 2018.
Montana AFL-CIO


A labor dispute continues at a Montana talc-milling company.

The state’s top elected officials are rallying behind the 35 unionized workers now locked out of their Three Forks plant.

Montana Senate President Scott Sales.
Mike Albans

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The president of the Montana Senate is asking the attorney general for an opinion on whether Gov. Steve Bullock illegally allowed the state to purchase a $6.1 million conservation easement on an eastern Montana ranch without approval from the state Land Board.

State law requires the Land Board to approve "land acquisitions" worth more than $100,000.

Kirsten Pabst at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Missoula on July 19, 2018.
Maxine Speier

Last year the city of Missoula had 324 violent crimes, an increase of nearly 50 percent since 2011. Law enforcement say the meth epidemic is to blame, and Thursday announced that they’re addressing it with a local, state and federal partnership.

Caitlin Borgmann, director of the Montana ACLU.
Photo Courtesy CUNY Law School

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana wants the state’s top elected officials to shield Montanans from aggressive federal immigration policy.

ACLU wants Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox and its entire congressional delegation to stem what it says are immigration-related human rights violations happening right here in Montana.

President Trump at his Great Falls, MT campagin rally, July 5, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

President Donald Trump stumped in Great Falls Thursday afternoon hitting on the highlights of his first year and half in office and, once in a while, railing against Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester.

There were lots of thumbs ups, ‘Make America Great Again’ hats, shirts, and banners. The occasional Q-anon reference, and other signs or gear reading ‘Drain The Swamp’, ‘Trump - Pence’, ‘Women For Trump’ and, in preparation for the run in 2020, ‘Keep America Great.’

U.S. Supreme Court file photo.
PD

A United States Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday means Montana businesses may have to start collecting a sales tax when they sell their products online.

The order from the Supreme Court strikes down previous rules that said states could not collect sales tax from a business if that business did not have a physical presence in the state.

Coal train
(PD)

Attorney General Tim Fox’s office is cheering a ruling by a federal judge yesterday.

Missoula Sues To Expand Background Checks For Gun Purchases

Apr 11, 2018
The group "Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense" rallies in Missoula, MT for stronger gun laws, Dec. 14, 2015.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The city of Missoula sued Montana's attorney general Wednesday in an attempt to move ahead with plans to expand background checks to include private gun sales in the city.

The lawsuit, filed in Missoula County District Court, asks a judge to overrule Attorney General Tim Fox's opinion that Missoula's background check ordinance is prohibited by state law.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Courtesy Montana DOJ

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined 29 other state attorneys general in imploring federal legislators to maintain state level consumer protections on student loans.

The attorneys general sent congressional leaders a letter asking them to reject the piece of the so-called PROSPER Act that would limit states’ jurisdiction in student loan matters.

Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox will convene the first meeting Monday of the advisory group formed to address the impact of the closure of two coal-fired power plants in Colstrip.  This panel will help guide the disbursement of $10 million of economic impact funds provided by the owners of the Colstrip Generating Facility.


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