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Build Montana, but not with debt

From the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans committed to supporting essential infrastructure which would not place an undue burden on Montana taxpayers.   The Legislature is currently moving more than $1.1 Billion worth of infrastructure projects directly to Montana communities. You read that right – Billion. This is an important piece of the Read More…

Democrats vow to block infrastructure funding

Helena – A pair of leading state Democrats vowed to block Republican efforts to pass an infrastructure bill this legislative session because the bill doesn’t spend enough money on the projects they want. Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, R-Butte, and House Minority Jenny Eck, D-Helena, said the Democrats will not support House Bill 645, known Read More…

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Build Montana, but not with debt

From the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans committed to supporting essential infrastructure which would not place an undue burden on Montana taxpayers.   The Legislature is currently moving more than $1.1 Billion worth of infrastructure projects directly to Montana communities. You read that right – Billion. This is an important piece of the Read More…

Democrats vow to block infrastructure funding

Helena – A pair of leading state Democrats vowed to block Republican efforts to pass an infrastructure bill this legislative session because the bill doesn’t spend enough money on the projects they want. Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, R-Butte, and House Minority Jenny Eck, D-Helena, said the Democrats will not support House Bill 645, known Read More…

Montana House to consider resolution that states ABA rule unconstitutional

The Montana House Judiciary committee will look at resolution this week that states a proposed American Bar Association rule limits free speech and is unconstitutional. Proposed Rule 8.4 (g) states: “It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of Read More…

Two Ohio coal plants to close

An electric utility company is closing two coal-fired power plants by next year, citing economic conditions. Dayton Power & Light, a subsidiary of utility giant AES Corp., announced on Monday the closure of the J.M. Stuart and Killen generating stations, following a monthslong review of the plants. They are the latest in a string of Read More…

Clinton camp unloads on Comey

Former top officials for Hillary Clinton’s campaign vented their frustration with both FBI Director James Comey and congressional Republicans on Monday as he testified on Capitol Hill. Five months after Comey stepped into the 2016 election fray in the campaign’s closing days to talk about investigations into Clinton’s email use — which Clinton herself has Read More…

Comey says FBI investigating Russia interference

The Latest on a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. FBI Director James Comey is publicly confirming for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russia’s government. Comey is testifying before Congress. Read More…

Enzi wants full audit on student loan plans

A couple of large data problems from the U.S. Department of Education recently came to the attention of U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. One of those errors uncovered billions of dollars in student loan costs, of which Congress was previously unaware. The other affects potential college students’ ability to make an informed decision about what Read More…

EPA NEARS CONCLUSION OF YEARS-LONG PROJECT

The sight of emergency shower trailers parked outside houses and crews shrouded in chemical protection masks working in yards and attics has become commonplace in Lincoln county. The EPA crews moved house to house with their asbestos cleanup crews. As dump trucks carrying contaminated soil maneuver down narrow streets, homeowners have mourned the loss of Read More…

FVCC Faces $1.2 Million Funding Cut

Flathead Valley Community College could face losing $1.2 million in state funding if the Legislature’s budget proposal goes through, portending a potential increase in tuition and narrowing of programs offered at the school. According to FVCC president Jane Karas, the cuts that lawmakers are proposing for higher education could effectively lead to more expenses for Read More…

Daines, Tester Introduce Timber Innovation Act

High-rise wood-framed buildings are a rarity in the United States, but that may change with the help of a bipartisan bill that calls for accelerating research and development of tall wood buildings. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines, a Republican, and Jon Tester, a Democrat, have introduced legislation they say would support Montana’s timber industry, create jobs Read More…

Federal judge finally approves settlement offering fix on millions of Remington rifles

A federal judge Tuesday approved a landmark settlement offering to fix the trigger mechanism on millions of Remington Arms Co.’s bolt-action rifles, ending years of litigation on a weapon that critics say has caused injuries and deaths by firing without the trigger being pulled. U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith of Kansas City said he’s disappointed Read More…

Power Move

In 1859, French physicist Gaston Planté invented the first rechargeable battery, a technological breakthrough that set the stage for the industrial revolution. More than 150 years later, Planté’s lead-acid battery has evolved through numerous iterations but the electrochemistry at the core of his invention remains largely the same. Most prominently, lead-acid batteries are fundamental to Read More…

New York City sues Verizon for not completing citywide fiber network

New York City has slapped Verizon with a lawsuit that claims the telecommunications conglomerate broke a 2008 contract to provide citywide fiber coverage, depriving residents of competitively priced options for better television and Internet service. In a statement, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Verizon must face the consequences for breaking the trust of Read More…

The hijacking of a special election

The special election to select a new congressman for Montana is less than 80 days away and the process for conducting the election has been turned into a political football.   First, Gov. Steve Bullock scheduled the election at the earliest possible time, 85 days after Ryan Zinke resigned to serve as President Trump’s secretary Read More…

Montana Highway Patrol commissions 12 new troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned twelve new troopers on Friday at the 61st Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. Fox emphasized the importance of integrity for those who serve the public. From KXLH

Apple says most vulnerabilities in Wikileaks docs are already patched

Wikileaks today published a trove of documents, allegedly taken from the CIA, that detail the government’s efforts to hack popular devices like iPhones, Android phones, and Samsung smart TVs. But Apple is pushing back against claims that the CIA’s hoarded vulnerabilities for its devices were effective. The documents, if they are indeed legitimate, include charts that Read More…

Gobi raises $500K to take on Snapchat

Norwegian startup Gobi raised $500,000 at a $15 million valuation to take on Snapchat with its “Stories” communication tool. The platform enables users to create public and private groups where users can share photos and videos that stay around for three days before vanishing into digital pixel-dust. “We originally created a Snapchat group for our college,” says Kristoffer Lande, Read More…