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Glacier County will temporarily lay off half of its workforce for 30 days in order to keep the county’s books balanced. The layoffs begin today. The county, which has long-standing financial troubles, decided to lay off workers now because it was already reducing staff due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks announced Tuesday they’re closing to all visitors, effective immediately.

The closure comes days after area county health officials and Montana and Wyoming’s governors called for the parks to close to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Peabody Energy logo.
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Montana will release $3 million to a mining company that started reclaiming around 2,300 acres of land from strip mining in the 90s.

Missouri-based Peabody Energy spent more than 20 years replanting grasses and restoring terrain impacted by operations at the Big Sky Mine area B near Colstrip.

The University of Montana is walking back an urgent message it sent out Sunday telling students living in dorms to go home in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus.

UM students living in campus housing like Freshman Christopher Hurd received an email mostly in all caps from the university Sunday.

Rural hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open as the coronavirus pandemic saps their cash, their CEOs warn, just as communities most need them.

Campaign fundraising is tricky during a pandemic. The June primary could be mail-in only. State auditor and congressional candidate Matt Rosendale urges Montanans to get coronavirus testing that may not be available. A well-known Republican enters the Senate race — as a Libertarian. And no one knows how a global health crisis will affect the 2020 election.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, MTPR's weekly political analysis program, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

The Wyoming state capitol building
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Doctors say a shortage of testing capacity is making it harder for health officials in Wyoming to determine how many people have been infected with coronavirus.

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