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The sun sets behind Montana State University's sculpture of Spirit, the school's mascot, April 2019.
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No arrest has been made and no charges filed against the Montana State University employee who was the focus of a campus “shelter-in-place” order Thursday in Bozeman.

A BLM UAS flying a mission as part of the 2018 BLM Advanced UAS Workshop held in Bozeman, Montana, June 15, 2018.
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Bozeman’s Police and Fire Chiefs will discuss how drones could be used to make Montana’s fastest growing city safer at a public meeting Tuesday night. Some state agencies and cities in Montana are already using the technology.

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Law enforcement spent an estimated $39,500 on Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Montana last week.

During the Vice President’s stay in Billings last Wednesday through Thursday, local law enforcement closed city streets and ran security for the vice-presidential motorcade.

Capt. Neil Lawrence with the Billings Police Department says BPD alone spent just over $26,000 from the general fund and overtime budget.

Montana Attorney General and candidate for governor Tim Fox is touring the southern U.S. Border this week. He describes it an eye-opening experience. 

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State legislators tabled a bill Thursday that would have legalized recreational marijuana.

House bill 770 would have legalized possession, use, purchase and transportation of 2 ounces of marijuana or 16 grams of extracts for people 18 years and older.

MT Traffic Fatalities Outpacing Last Year

May 24, 2016
Montana Department of Transportation

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

 This Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of Montana’s most high-spirited celebrations.  So  law enforcement is ramping up patrols.

Butte will be the center of attention. That means a stepped level of impaired driving enforcement.