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Montana Counties Struggle as Feds Waffle on Secure Rural Schools Funding

With a drop in timber harvests and mining a thing of the past, Mineral County is struggling to live up to its name and to stay in the black.

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MT Legislators Debated the Reality of $227 Million Budget Hole, Tied Governor’s Hands in Refilling Cuts

A lot has been made of the 227 million dollar hole in the Montana budget that spurred the Special Session of the Montana Legislature this week, but one of the big debates among republicans was whether or not the deficit was real.

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Photo courtesy of Missoula Jail
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Missoula DUI Driver Observed Running Red Lights, Threatening Oncoming Traffic

Near 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday a Missoula resident called police on a vehicle that was driving erratically on the south side of town.

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MT House Republicans and Democrats Optimistic About Solving Budget Problems

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has called a special legislative session for next week and while it has already been met with some criticism, House members on both sides of the aisle from western Montana are optimistic.

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Speaker Knudsen Claims Governor is Threatening Cuts to Raise Taxes, Skeptical of Special Session Timing

In response to the Special Session, Republican Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen is already skeptical that Bullock is playing politics with the budget to get tax increases.

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Montana Offering $750,000, Hoping to Reduce High Suicide Rate

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is currently looking for ideas to help deal with the state’s notoriously high suicide rate.

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National Forests in Montana Considering Fee Hikes

Many of the National Forests in Montana are considering hiking the fees for camp sites and cabins.

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Republicans Urge Governor Bullock to Take $30 Million Prison Deal, Not Raise Taxes

An offer from a private prison in Shelby is now front-and-center in Montana’s ongoing budget difficulties.

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Tax Increase Unlikely in Possible Special Session, Says State Finance Chair

With a tight budget and a stream of cuts, many Montana officials are considering tax increases in a possible special legislative session, but according to Montana House Finance Chair Nancy Ballance tax increases will be a hard sell to the Republican dominated legislature.

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Montana Expands Lawsuit Into Generic Drug Price-Fixing

This case now involves a total of 15 generic drugs, and these drugs really kind of run the gamut: some of them treat glaucoma, some of them are antibiotics, there's high blood pressure medication, diabetes medication, and on and on.

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