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Gun violence awareness groups in 5 Montana cities will participate in a wave of national rallies calling on the U.S. Senate to reform gun laws.

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock is full steam ahead with his presidential campaign. That’s despite the fact he’s far off from meeting the benchmarks required to participate in the third Democratic debate.

A set of four smoking power plants stacks
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The state expects to release final details of plans to clean up groundwater contaminated by toxic coal ash at the Colstrip power plant next month.

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The West Nile virus, the leading mosquito-borne disease in the U.S., has just been detected for the first time this year in mosquitoes in three counties in south-central, central and northeast Montana. And public health officials are urging everyone to take precautions.

It's Friday, August 16th. Today we have stories about West Nile Virus, which has been detected for the first time this year in mosquitoes in Montana, plans to clean up groundwater contaminated by toxic coal ash at the Colstrip power plant and the problems that have plagued the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center for years.

The evidence storage room in Gallatin County's Law and Justice Center is running out of room, Bozeman, Montana, August 14, 2019.
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Issues like confidentiality, safety and smells from the morgue have plagued the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center for years, according to employees housed in the building. This November, Gallatin County voters will decide whether to fund a bonding measure to replace the Bozeman facility.

U.S. Drought Monitor Map of Montana, August 13, 2019.
U.S. Drought Monitor

The governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee almost cancelled its monthly meeting Thursday because there isn’t really a drought issue in Montana right now. Committee members say moisture conditions look good for most of the state and fire activity is expected to remain moderate.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at a podium.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A Montana Republican running for governor in 2020 is calling for 10 debates ahead of the June 2nd primary.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Montana’s current Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter Tuesday to fellow candidates U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte and state Senator Al Olszewski proposing 10 live debates with media coverage to ensure a broad audience.

It's Thursday, August 15th. This morning we have stories about new fishing regulations on the Flathead River, the $275,000 grant awarded to Montana communities for infrastructure and the first court appearance of a man from Superior accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy who the suspect felt disrespected the national anthem. 

It's Wednesday, August 14th. Today we have stories about the expanded area where cattle producers are required to vaccinate animals at risk for brucellosis, changes to the Endangered Species Act and Steve Daines' reaction to the Trump administration's pick to head the bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley.

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