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Missoula News:

Eric Whitney, News Director: 406-243-4075, @mtprnd

Edward O'Brien, Assistant News Director: 406-243-4065

Helena News:

Corin Cates-Carney, Capitol Reporter: 253-495-5193, @clccarney

Flathead News:

Nicky Ouellet, Flathead-area Reporter: 603-568-6155 or 406-730-2264, @nickydoesradio

Evening Newscast 03-15-18

Mar 15, 2018

A Frenchtown high school music teacher has pleaded not guilty to fondling and other inappropriate touching of two female students.

Western U.S. governors have released their first region-wide list of the worst invasive species for their states.

Some boat launches on Tiber Reservoir will be closed this summer to lessen the likelihood of contaminating other Montana lakes and rivers with invasive mussels.

Evening Newscast 03-13-18

Mar 13, 2018

A man who registered as a Green Party candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate race was on the state Republican Party's payroll and heads a newly formed anti-tax group, according to a review of election documents.

The head of Montana's Division of Child and Family Services has resigned after 16 months on the job, as the state has a record number of kids in foster care and the agency is dealing with internal budget cuts and a loss of funding for outside groups that offer support services.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled under questioning by Democrats about his spending on travel as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to conservation programs and fee increases at national parks.

Evening Newscast 03-12-18

Mar 12, 2018

Three people who were arrested while protesting the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and are banned from the park for 5 years.

A former University of Montana student is charged with two counts of attempted deliberate homicide in a convenience store shooting in which one man was shot in the head.

The public has been given longer to comment on part of a big, new RV park outside Glacier National Park that was approved by Flathead County last year.

For the first time in more than a decade, Green Party candidates will appear on Montana’s ballots for Congress this fall.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story misstated the total number of RV spaces West Glacier RV and Cabin Village plans to develop. The error has been corrected in this copy.

The public has been given longer to comment on part of a big, new RV park outside Glacier National Park that was approved by Flathead County last year.

The state department of Environmental Quality is now considering permits for water, wastewater, storm runoff, and solid waste management from Glacier Park, Inc. The company plans to develop a 102-space RV park with 25 rental cabins.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in Browning Friday to transfer the first payment of what is expected to be $470 million agreement for water-related projects on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The first grizzly bear hunt in the lower 48 states in more than 40 years could happen in Wyoming this fall.

Gov. Steve Bullock says $200,000 in emergency energy assistance funding will be released to eligible families on three Montana Indian reservations hit hard this winter.

The newly-appointed head of the U.S. Forest Service says the agency faces "hard truths" about harassment and retaliation in its ranks following the departure of her predecessor amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Gov. Steve Bullock says $200,000 in emergency energy assistance funding will be released to eligible families on three Montana Indian reservations hit hard this winter.

State health department spokesman Jon Ebelt says state officials have received reports of hardship among some residents of the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap and Northern Cheyenne reservations.

Concerns over aquatic invasive species have led Yellowstone National Park officials to ban the use of felt sole boots or waders and to set a boating season during which watercraft inspections will be available.

The Wyoming Legislature has passed a proposal to collect a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

The economic benefits of Montana’s Medicaid expansion outweigh it costs to the state, according to a study released Thursday by researchers at the University of Montana.

Two University of Montana students have been arrested after a clerk and a customer were injured in a shooting at a convenience store near the campus. 

Concerns over aquatic invasive species have led Yellowstone National Park officials to ban the use of felt sole boots or waders and to set a boating season during which watercraft inspections will be available.

Park officials say rubber sole boots will be allowed because they trap fewer organisms and can be cleaned with water and a scrub brush.

The boating season will run from May 26 through Nov. 4.

All watercraft entering the park must have a boat permit and a Yellowstone aquatic invasive species inspection before launching in the park.

The latest legislative analysis says Montana's state budget could be in the black by the end of 2018.

The monthly state revenue estimate issued today says Montana could end up $13 million ahead of what was forecast in last year's regular legislative session budget bill.

The sale of oil and gas leases on more than 17,000 acres of federal land in south central Montana was postponed Monday.

The Montana Standard reports that two Butte natives, Pat Dudley and Ray Rogers, are establishing a $35 million medical training center in uptown Butte to bolster hands-on healthcare in rural areas in the U.S. and beyond.

On campus Tuesday night, a University of Montana researcher will share some of his findings on the detrimental health effects of smoke.

Algae growth is increasing on Montana's famed Smith River and scientists don't know why, so they're turning to the public for help.

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