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Big Sky woman suing over state law governing taxi services

BOZEMAN — A Big Sky woman is challenging a state law that allows taxi companies to protest new competition.

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Senate panel tables bill adding gay protections to law

Senate panel tables bill adding gay protections to law

HELENA — All in one day, Montana lawmakers heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would provide protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and other people in the state.

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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

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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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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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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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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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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 Legislature convenes amid financial uncertainty

Wyoming Legislature convenes amid financial uncertainty

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The incoming leaders of the Wyoming Legislature say they intend to keep a close eye on factors affecting the state’s financial future as they preside over the general session that opens Tuesday.

January 11, 2015 5:30 pm Photos

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How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The abrupt decline in oil prices stands to be bad news in North Dakota, a state that has reaped billions in tax revenue as new drilling techniques made it the second-leading producer in the U.S. behind Texas. But a lot of factors will determine how great that impact is.

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Kate and William at game

Kate and William at game

Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, appear on a giant video screen during an NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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House moves to extend tax breaks through December

House moves to extend tax breaks through December

FILE - In this March 22, 2103 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington. House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. Most of the more than 50 tax breaks…

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Wyoming lawmakers reconsider polling place rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers propose to change voting location requirements so that people would be able to vote at any polling place in their home county.

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Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

MISSOULA — In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress before the end of the year.

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GOP vows to pass Keystone — later if Senate doesn't vote for it today

GOP vows to pass Keystone — later if Senate doesn't vote for it today

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders promised Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure this fall, or President Barack Obama vetoes it.

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Lawmakers wait on campaign disclosure bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative panel has tabled a proposed bill that would tighten the state's campaign contribution laws.

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Wyoming committee considers privacy issues

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative task force proposal to change the Wyoming Constitution to specify that individuals have a right to privacy is set to go before a committee this week.

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George F. Will: 6 things Republicans must do now

WASHINGTON — Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of control of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures concerning practical governan…

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George F. Will: McConnell would lead Senate like Mansfield

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama's executive overreach. So, Kentucky's Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will deter…

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