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Lawmaker wants to increase state funding for tribal colleges

Lawmaker wants to increase state funding for tribal colleges

HELENA — A Montana lawmaker proposed Monday that tribal colleges receive the same per-student funding that community colleges receive.

January 26, 2015 6:00 pm Photos

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Balow seeks to bring strength and stability

Balow seeks to bring strength and stability

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Change is a work toward stability at the Wyoming Department of Education. At least that’s according to new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

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Bills aimed at assuring access to public lands in Montana

Bills aimed at assuring access to public lands in Montana

GREAT FALLS — Legislation has been proposed to levy stiffer state fines on Montana landowners who illegally gate roads and require that they show proof of ownership before blocking access.

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Missoula County judge retiring May 1

MISSOULA — Missoula County District Judge Ed McLean is retiring after 26 years on the bench, effective May 1.

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Bill aims to drug test some Montana welfare applicants

Bill aims to drug test some Montana welfare applicants

HELENA — Certain welfare applicants would be required to take drug tests under proposed legislation in Montana.

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Casper man writes bill to protect police dogs

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man who was upset that a Mills police officer could only be sentenced to six months on probation for the death of his police dog in a hot car wants to see increased penalties for anyone who injures or kills a law enforcement animal.

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Citizens urge legislative committee to expand Medicaid

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A range of citizens and professional groups urged Wyoming lawmakers on Monday to accept federal money to expand the federal Medicaid program to offer health insurance to thousands of low-income adults in the state.

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Guest opinion: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Fair Housing legacy must be protected

In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march through the streets of Chicago to protest the housing segregation which plagued that city and many others throughout the nation. Less than years two later, Dr. King was assassinated, but not before he shone a light on the devastating harms of …

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Enzi to work on comprehensive tax reform

Enzi to work on comprehensive tax reform

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi will co-chair a working group focusing on reforms to individual income taxes.

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Advocates say death penalty in Wyoming should be abolished

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In most capital murder cases, jurors in Wyoming prefer life imprisonment instead of imposing the death penalty, a veteran Cheyenne defense attorney said during a program advocating abolishment of the death penalty.

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Wyoming legislative committee takes up Medicaid expansion

Wyoming legislative committee takes up Medicaid expansion

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature this week will start what promise to be contentious hearings about whether to expand the federal Medicaid program in the state.

January 18, 2015 5:00 pm Photos

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Billings legislator working on bill to ban cellphone use in vehicles across Montana

Billings legislator working on bill to ban cellphone use in vehicles across Montana

BOZEMAN — A bill being drafted by a Billings legislator would ban cellphone use while driving in Montana.

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State senator leads debate on federal lands in Montana

State senator leads debate on federal lands in Montana

BOZEMAN — The forester surveyed his handiwork from a timbered rise, a can of paint still clutched in his hand. The lodgepole pines had been his canvas and, like a minimalist painter, he had left flashes of orange on only those trees that met his discerning eye.

January 18, 2015 11:50 am Photos

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Mead open to firing squads to execute condemned inmates

Mead open to firing squads to execute condemned inmates

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he's open to the idea of using firing squads to execute condemned inmates, disagrees with President Barack Obama's proposal to make community college tuition free for some students and questioned the financial benefits of Colorado's legalization of marijuana.

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Wyoming lawmakers give initial OK to drone limits

Wyoming lawmakers give initial OK to drone limits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would limit how law enforcement agencies can use drones.

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Chief justice: Budget cuts will lead to court backlog

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath told lawmakers Thursday the state's court system will start seeing a backlog of cases if its budget is further reduced during the legislative session.

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Montana Republicans appeal order in closed primaries lawsuit

Montana Republicans appeal order in closed primaries lawsuit

HELENA — Republicans who are suing the state to end open primary elections are appealing a district judge's order denying their request to close elections while the case is being decided.

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Wyoming Senate gives first approval to firing squad bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming could use the firing squad to execute condemned inmates under a bill that has received preliminary approval from the state senate.

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Wyoming chief justice addresses lawmakers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The chief justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court tells state lawmakers that the condition of the state's judiciary is strong.

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Wyoming governor says he will fight for state's coal

Wyoming governor says he will fight for state's coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead is pledging to keep fighting "with bulldog determination" for the future of Wyoming coal.

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