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Meagher County attorney may sue county, sheriff, saying her bar has been target of unfair attention

Upon the dismissal of a liquor violation case against a White Sulphur Springs bar, the owner of the establishment asked government agencies to retain records in case of a lawsuit. Those government agencies who received the notice are the Montana Departments of Revenue and Justice and the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office. The bar owner is Read More…

Democratic govs raise concern about GOP health care plan

HELENA — Two Democratic governors are saying that the Senate health care proposal would devastate their conservative-leaning states. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday for a call with reporters outlining their concerns about Republican efforts in Washington to dismantle the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Bullock said GOP proposals Read More…

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Take that chocolate milk survey with a grain of salt

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) But is this what the survey is actually telling us? To us as researchers studying science communication and public understanding of science, factors in the survey itself and in the way the media report on it raise questions about Read More…

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New data set explores 90 years of natural disasters in the US

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Every year, major earthquakes, floods and hurricanes occur. These natural disasters disrupt daily life and, in the worst cases, cause devastation. Events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy killed thousands of people and generated billions of dollars Read More…

Western Governors: States should be full partners in management of Endangered Species Act

WHITEFISH — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead hopes to find the “sweet spot” that both protects endangered species and provides certainty for those who make a living on the land. On Wednesday, the Wyoming Republican announced the Western Governors’ Association had passed a resolution that calls for the states to play a more central role in helping Read More…

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How the homeless create homes

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The number of people facing housing insecurity, already on the rise, began to climb more steeply as a result of the Great Recession. This upward trend will likely be exacerbated if President Trump’s proposed cuts to food Read More…

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Republican health care bills defy the party's own ideology

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The Senate’s health care proposal made it clear that Republicans, despite their rhetoric, are not interested in market-based reform. Instead, they prefer pro-business, pro-privileged reform. With Senate Republicans planning to rewrite their bill, it’s hard to predict Read More…

Bison 'butts' visitor taking photos in Yellowstone; woman flown to Idaho hospital

Two Yellowstone National Park visitors were injured after bison “butted” them at Mud Volcano, just north of Lake Village, park officials said. Utah residents Theodore Schrader, 74, and Patsy Holmes, 72, were taking photographs on a boardwalk when a bison approached them. The animal “butted” Holmes, who fell into Schrader. Park rangers helped get the Read More…

DCI to review investigation into McMurry suicide; police say there is not necessarily any new information in the case

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation will review the Casper police investigation into Mick McMurry’s suicide, though police said there is no new information in the case.  “The McMurry Family hopes the Richardson Family finds the comfort they are seeking,” Susie McMurry, Mick’s widow, said in a statement emailed to the Star-Tribune. “We will cooperate Read More…

'We heard one of them yelling about having a gun': Audio released of Cascade County Sheriff 911 call

HELENA — The Helena Police Department has released audio of the 911 call that led to the arrest and charge of partner or family member assault against Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards. Your browser does not support the audio element. Edwards was arrested in Helena earlier this month while attending the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Read More…

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Arapaho suffer setback in ruling that says feds can put conditions on tribal funding deals

CASPER — The federal government may jointly administer some services to the two tribes sharing Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week. The order gives legal force to a long-running but disputed practice and could set a crucial precedent for the government’s obligations to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes, Read More…

Native students are disciplined more than white students in Wolf Point schools, complaint says

The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board has filed a complaint with federal agencies, alleging discrimination against Native American students in the Wolf Point School District. The complaint, which is backed by the ACLU of Montana, alleges that Native students have been disproportionately disciplined in comparison to white students and are denied various academic and extracurricular Read More…

Little dance makes big impression during Wyoming powwow

CODY, Wyo. — The annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow entertained and delighted visitors for its 36th celebration. While spectators circled the Robbie Powwow Garden, Native dancers festooned in brightly colored attire, ranging from elaborate jingle dresses to feathered headwear, created an atmosphere that thrummed with tradition. One caught the crowds attention was 4-year-old Royal-Marchand Williams. Read More…

Little dancer makes big impression during Wyoming powwow

CODY, Wyo. — The annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow entertained and delighted visitors for its 36th celebration. While spectators circled the Robbie Powwow Garden, Native dancers festooned in brightly colored attire, ranging from elaborate jingle dresses to feathered headwear, created an atmosphere that thrummed with tradition. One who caught the crowd’s attention was 4-year-old Royal-Marchand Read More…

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Tribal complaint alleges mistreatment of Native students in Wolf Point school system

The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board has filed a complaint with federal agencies, alleging discrimination against Native American students in the Wolf Point School District. The complaint, which is backed by the ACLU of Montana, alleges that Native students have been disproportionately disciplined in comparison to white students and are denied various academic and extracurricular Read More…

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Behind Modi: The growing influence of the India lobby

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. But Modi’s meeting with Trump showed these events would cause little loss of momentum in U.S.-India relations. In fact, as a scholar of U.S.-India relations, I’d Read More…

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New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Around the country, state lawmakers have been talking about – and legislating – ways intended to protect free speech on college campuses. The Wisconsin State Assembly, for example, recently passed a campus speech bill that would require Read More…

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'NotPetya' ransomware attack shows corporate social responsibility should include cybersecurity

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) The overall idea is that companies should make corporate decisions that reflect obligations not just to owners and shareholders, customers and employees, but to society at large and the natural environment. As a scholar of cybersecurity law and policy Read More…