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Virginia Tech shooting victim to speak at MSU; talks about incident

BOZEMAN — Kristina Anderson was 19 and a sophomore studying international relations when she was shot three times during the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Thirty-two people were killed during the massacre, including Anderson’s French professor, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, and 11 of Anderson’s classmates. At least 17 others were wounded. After spending the Read More…

Montana State University enrollment nears 17K

BOZEMAN — Montana State University continues to set enrollment records, with nearly 17,000 students this fall. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the university in Bozeman saw its enrollment increase by 199 students over last fall, to 16,902 students — a 1.2 percent increase. School officials said Monday they’re doing a better job of encouraging freshmen students Read More…

From Five on Black and Mirch Masala to Dee-O-Gee, Montana businesses come to Billings

Montana has rich soil for growing a business, but the state’s size and rural DNA can be intimidating for brands looking to expand.  Despite that, this fall two Montana-famous businesses have announced their plans to open up their first storefronts in Billings, generating some genuine excitement among residents and business leaders in town.  A third Read More…

Montana's tribal college presidents share ways they're preserving Native languages

Four tribal college presidents say their institutions are trying new methods to preserve — maybe even expand — the number of people who can read, write or speak their tribal language. The four presidents — David Yarlott of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Richard Littlebear of Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Carole Falcon-Chandler of Read More…

Will allowing Wyoming cities to tax themselves solve their looming funding woes?

BUFFALO, Wyo. — Public officials at both the state and municipal levels were at an impasse this week on a bill that could significantly effect how Wyoming’s cities and towns levy their taxes. At two separate committee meetings in Thermopolis and Buffalo this week, the state Legislature’s joint commissions on both Corporations, Elections and Political Read More…

Miles City reacts to lawsuit accusing former high school athletic trainer of systematic abuse

MILES CITY — Downtown Friday night in Miles City in between the sounds of traffic are the sounds of football—music, cheers, cannon blasts for every Cowboy touchdown—carried over the loudspeakers from Connors Stadium and drifted down into the streets. A lawsuit filed earlier in the day alleged that a former employee of Custer County District Read More…

Montana State University Billings' new provost comes from same institution as new chancellor

Montana State University Billings has named a new provost and second-in-command. Melinda Arnold was named as the new provost late Friday afternoon in a press release. She is the interim associate provost at the University of North Texas in Dallas, the same institution from which current MSUB Chancellor Dan Edelman was selected. She replaces former Read More…

Montana public service commissioner again accused of illegally loaning $3K to candidate

For a second time, a member of Montana’s Public Service Commission is being investigated for allegedly making illegal campaign donations. The state commissioner of political practices opened an investigation this week into Commissioner Tony O’Donnell of Billings and PSC candidate Randy Pinocci. This came after Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Nancy Keenan filed a complaint Read More…

Billings legislator to be fined for missing details in campaign report

The Commissioner of Political Practices will fine Billings legislator Jessica Karjala for details missing on her 2016 campaign reports. Commissioner Jeff Mangan found earlier this year that Karjala’s campaign reports weren’t detailed enough about campaign contributions or expenses. Specifically, while the Democrat named contributors and listed the amounts they contributed, their occupations and the names Read More…

Billings Gazette

2 Colorado residents die in Wyoming wreck

RAWLINS, Wyo. — A 49-year-old Colorado man and his 10-year-old daughter have died in a wreck in southern Wyoming. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred shortly after midnight Friday near Walcott Junction on Interstate 80 when a car rear-ended a truck that had stopped on the side of the highway. The patrol identified Read More…

Here's where Montana's delegation, candidates stand on Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegations

U.S Sen. Jon Tester says the Senate must get to the bottom of “serious allegations” against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the high court, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman 30 years ago when he was a Maryland teenager. Christine Blasey Ford went public with Read More…

Fire danger rises in northwestern Wyoming

The fire danger rating has been elevated to very high for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, and remaining portions of the Teton Interagency Dispatch area in northwestern Wyoming. The area has seen exceptionally dry conditions since the last appreciable rain in late August, and fuel conditions are at their Read More…