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NorthWestern Energy Seeks Additional $23.8M To Cover Unexpected Costs

NorthWestern Energy is asking state utility regulators to sign off on the company’s request to increase their customers’ electric bills by $23.8 million for one year. This surcharge is in addition to a $6.5 million rate increase commissioners approved late last month.

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It's Monday, November 18th. Today we have stories about hunting and angling licences, cutbacks and layoffs at the Billings Gazette and Facebook political spending.

It's Friday, November 15th. Today we have stories about Northwestern Energy, why Kalispell Regional healthcare was fined $65,000 this summer and challenges for Crow women in receiving reproductive healthcare.

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NorthWestern Energy is asking state utility regulators to sign off on the company’s request to increase their customers’ electric bills by $23.8 million for one year. This surcharge is in addition to a $6.5 million rate increase commissioners approved late last month.

A welcome sign for Crow Country
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Crow women face long wait times, drives and confidentiality concerns when it comes to receiving reproductive healthcare. That’s according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday.

A set of four smoking power plants stacks
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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a proposal to remediate pollution from wastewater facilities at Units 1 and 2 at the Colstrip Steam Electric Station.

A moose in Montana has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the first time. The finding expands the area wildlife managers believed the disease to exist.

The moose was killed north of Troy, just a half of a mile outside of the Libby CWD management zone, which spans a 10-mile radius around Libby. Thirty white-tailed deer have tested positive for CWD within the management zone since the disease was discovered this spring.

A debate between Montana Republican gubernatorial contenders is moving forward in Helena despite the absence of one of the candidates.

Carroll College announced Thursday it will hold the first GOP primary debate in the governor’s race later this month.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) was fined $65,000 this summer for failing to comply with training requirements outlined in an agreement with federal authorities. The agreement followed a $24 million settlement in 2018 that ended a lawsuit claiming the hospital violated anti-kickback laws.

It's Thursday, November 14th. Today we have stories about a new federal gun violence initiative, a journalism union's reaction to cutbacks at the Billings Gazette and what state utility regulators are disagreeing on.

State health officials recently finalized new rules and regulations for private youth therapeutic programs in the state. The programs were mostly self-regulated until this year when state lawmakers gave the Montana health department oversight.

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