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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.

January 19, 2015 9:00 pmLoading…

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.

January 19, 2015 4:20 pmLoading…

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.

January 18, 2015 5:15 pmLoading…

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.

January 18, 2015 5:10 pmLoading…
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 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.

January 16, 2015 4:16 pmLoading…

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.

January 15, 2015 6:20 pmLoading…

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.

January 14, 2015 3:00 pmLoading…
N.D. lawmakers re-introduce school concealed carry bill

N.D. lawmakers re-introduce school concealed carry bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers have re-introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a Class 1 concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in a school, so long as they have the permission of that school's governing body.

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UW Science Initiative awaits legislative action

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Grand plans to overhaul University of Wyoming science programs and facilities are in the hands of the Wyoming Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead.

January 11, 2015 5:40 pmLoading…
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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Montana GOP votes to join lawsuit closing primaries

Montana GOP votes to join lawsuit closing primaries

HELENA — After nearly three hours of comment and debate, Montana Republicans voted overwhelmingly Saturday to join a lawsuit seeking to limit their primary elections to those registered with the GOP.

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Sen. Mike Enzi assumes Budget Committee chairmanship

Sen. Mike Enzi assumes Budget Committee chairmanship

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi has been formally elected chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

January 09, 2015 2:30 pmLoading…

Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council plans discussion of oil, gas

The public is invited to a presentation and discussion on oil and gas development in Montana at 6 p.m. Thursday at 220 S. 27th St.

January 07, 2015 12:32 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Take 30 minutes to strengthen democracy

MISSOULA — As we begin 2015, many are still searching for a resolution to get the new year off to a good start. If you want to make a change in 2015 that will really make a difference, try dedicating 30 minutes each week to making our democracy stronger here in Montana.

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Hathaway Scholarship not keeping up with costs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state of Wyoming's Hathaway Scholarship program isn't keeping up with rising costs of attending the University of Wyoming or the state's community colleges.

January 04, 2015 5:05 pmLoading…
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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Wyoming agency talks helping build coal docks

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority says Wyoming could help finance the construction of a coal export dock in the Pacific Northwest.

December 18, 2014 3:15 pmLoading…

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