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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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Tester undaunted as Montana's lone Democrat

Tester undaunted as Montana's lone Democrat

HELENA — As the 114th Congress convened this week, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said he isn't daunted by his new status as the lone Montana Democrat in Congress or by the fact that his party is now the minority in the Senate.

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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.

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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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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.

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Montana governor Bullock to lead Democrats' campaign arm

Montana governor Bullock to lead Democrats' campaign arm

WASHINGTON — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will lead the Democratic governors' campaign arm as it looks to rebound from sweeping losses in the 2014 elections.

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Gov. Mead wants plan for handling state fund

Gov. Mead wants plan for handling state fund

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said Monday it’s time for Wyoming to develop a clear policy on how much money to keep in its rainy day fund — and what the fund is ultimately going to be used for.

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Montana same-sex spouses now must file jointly

BOZEMAN — The Montana Department of Revenue says same-sex married couples in the state now will have to begin filing joint income tax reports.

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Montana Supreme Court: Reinstate fired officer

LIVINGSTON — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Livingston must reinstate a police officer who was fired two years ago.

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