Jon Tester

The beef aisle of Costco in Bozeman.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Shoppers may have noticed higher beef prices and empty shelves at the grocery store last month. At the same time cattle producers saw a significant drop in what they were getting paid. Panic buying, allegations of price-fixing and uncertainty in the face of a global economic fallout have all been effecting the cattle industry.

Vehicles drive past a sign at the Montana-Canada border.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today it will temporarily reduce its hours of operation at six ports of entry into Montana starting Apr. 6.

Hours will be reduced at the ports of Raymond, Piegan, Opheim, Morgan, Turner and Del Bonita.

A stethoscope
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Urban and rural hospitals in Montana are facing a severe financial crunch as they prepare for an uptick in patients with the COVID-19 illness. The economic stimulus plan approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday night is expected to help.

The U.S. Capitol building
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Update 10 A.M. 03/26/20: This story has been updated to reflect that Sen. Daines and Sen. Tester voted in favor of the CARES Act.

Both of Montana’s U.S. senators voted in favor of the third federal relief package that they say is aimed at supporting rural communities and small businesses hurting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After receiving pressure from congressional lawmakers, the Indian Health Service is providing some members of the U.S. Senate with redacted report on its response to a former doctor’s abuse patients in Montana and South Dakota. Released this week, the document details the failed oversight on former doctor Stanley Patrick Weber as he abused young Native-American boys.

Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester says rural America is now one step closer to better broadband coverage.

The Broadband Data Act that cleared the U.S Senate this week is on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk where it’s expected to be signed into law.

A plane flies with green fields and clouds in the background.
Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson / U.S. Air Force

The Trump Administration is redirecting funds originally set aside for the National Guard towards constructing a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Ian H. McBeth
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Montana’s U.S. Senators have signed onto a resolution honoring American firefighters who died on duty while serving in Australia. One of the honored men hailed from Great Falls.

Red stitches on a white leather baseball
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Montana’s U.S. Senators have signed onto a resolution in support of Minor League Baseball.

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to delay a new rule that could pull significant funding from rural and low-income schools in Montana. The delay follows objections this week from Montana’s U.S. Senators and other high ranking members of Congress.