Jackie Yamanaka

Senior Political Reporter/Special Projects

Jackie Yamanaka has been news director at YPR since 1986.  From her home base in Billings, Jackie covers a wide range of issues across Montana and Wyoming. During the Montana Legislative session, she re-locates to the state Capitol in Helena where she has another office.

During her tenure she has won numerous journalism awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc.; The Society of Professional Journalists, The Montana Broadcaster’s Association EB Craney Awards; The Montana Associated Press; and elsewhere.

Jackie received a degree in Mass Communications from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University Billings).  She is secretary of the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline (http://www.montanafoi.org/) and a past board member of Public Radio News Directors, Inc.  When she’s not working she enjoys running and hiking with her dogs, fishing, shooting sporting clays, and playing tennis.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to Montana brought news that the federal government was paying its full share of money to local governments help offset their property taxes losses because there’s federal lands within their jurisdictions.

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U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both say their chamber’s version of the Farm Bill is good news for Montana farmers and ranchers and their hopeful a bill will pass the U.S. Senate this week.

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Numerous speakers – including one of the President’s sons - targeted Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester at a Republican event Friday night in Billings.

Shelby Demars

Mining supporters officially launched their campaign today in Butte to fight a proposed ballot initiative that would add regulations for all new and future metal mines. 

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House Minority Leader Jenny Eck of Helena is the latest legislator to withdraw her name from November’s general election ballot. Late last week, State Representative Jon Knokey told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he also will withdraw his name from the November ballot. 

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Montana officials have kicked their work into high gear now that federal funding is finally available to help build the long-delayed southwest Montana Veterans Home and deadlines are looming. About two-thirds of the cost comes from the federal government and nearly remaining third from the state of Montana. Butte-Silver Bow and a private donation make up the rest.

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Editor's note: state Disistrict Judge James Reynolds issued a temporary restraining order on June 13, 2018 ordering the state to pay the Medicaid Reimbursement rate in effect before January 1, 2018.

The Montana Health Care Association and some of its members filed suit today in state District Court in Helena to stop state cuts to their Medicaid reimbursement rate.

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Voters who were hoping to get a break from politics now that the Montana primary ended this week may be disappointed to learn Tuesday's balloting was actually the “starting gun” for the November general election.

Montana State University, Office of University Communications

Experience and money headlined yesterday’s outcome in Montana’s primary election. Montana State University Political Scientist David Parker has this analysis of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate contested primaries:

The Associated Press declared Kathleen Williams of Bozeman the winner of Montana’s U.S. House primary just before 4 a.m. Unofficial returns showed the former Bozeman lawmaker leading Billings attorney John Heenan by 33-to-32% in the crowded Democratic field.

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