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HELENA — Next year, all large employers will be required to offer health insurance to their workers — and for health care firms that rely on government funding to provide services to the poor, that mandate poses a special problem.
HELENA — The New York Times reported Wednesday that Montana’s newest senator, Democrat John Walsh, plagiarized large portions of his final paper submitted for his 2007 master’s degree at the U.S. Army War College.
HELENA — Montana is one of two dozen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul — but it’s still added a higher-than-expected number of folks to this program that pays medical bills for the poor.
HELENA — While the debate rages over whether Montana should expand Medicaid to cover low-income adults, a dramatic expansion of Medicaid and a related government health plan has already happened — to cover children.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe told state regulators Thursday that the company’s $870 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams is a solid plan to rebuild the utility and benefit customers, and that suggestions that the company will unduly profit are wrong.
HELENA — U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, by far, is the wealthiest member of Montana’s congressional delegation — and, according to financial-disclosure reports, has personal wealth more than 125 times that of his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh.
HELENA — Since the launch of the federal government’s online health insurance “marketplace” in Montana last October, a net 30,000 Montanans have gained new health coverage, the state auditor’s office said Tuesday.
HELENA — The lead witness for a Montana consumer-advocate office said Tuesday that if regulators approve NorthWestern Energy’s $900 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams without changes, it will mean guaranteed profits for the company and much higher costs for ratepayers.
HELENA — The Remington Arms Co. has confirmed it will offer to replace trigger mechanisms on millions of Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement reported earlier this week.
HELENA — A legislative panel Thursday voted to advance a report on how to encourage more state involvement in management of federal lands in Montana — but not before changing it to say transferring those lands to the state should be considered a “last resort.”
HELENA — Top executives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana did not take a pay cut last year, as reported erroneously by the Gazette State Bureau in May — but, rather, received quite a bit more in total compensation.
HELENA — A study of federal land management problems in Montana roiled a legislative panel Wednesday, as some members said the report has a “hidden agenda” of transferring ownership of federal lands to the state.
HELENA – Montana’s tarnished utility-deregulation law wove its way through the fabric of Tuesday’s hearing on NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to buy a dozen hydroelectric dams, with a company lawyer calling the plan a chance to “put the failed experiment of utility deregulation behind us.”
HELENA — The Remington Arms Co. has reached a nationwide settlement of claims that most of its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism — a settlement likely to include the recall of millions of the popular firearm.
Richard Barber, shown in 2013 in his office filled with documents about Remington Arms Co. Barber said a federal court agreement with the gun maker and plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit accomplishes what he wanted to accomplish. “I guess it’s safe to say, it’s better late than never.”
HELENA — In its fight to take over the private water utility serving Missoula, the city is pushing for public disclosure of what the utility pays some of its top executives, saying it’s an excessive cost Missoula water users shouldn’t have to pay.
HELENA — A legislative panel studying the state parole board voted Friday to draft at least two bills revising or limiting the board’s powers — and some members want to look at even further restrictions and changes.
HELENA — A legislative panel Friday undid its earlier decision to ask the FBI to investigate the privately operated prison at Shelby, but still voted to support a study and full-scale audit of the prison that holds 550 state inmates.
HELENA — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines is running a new TV ad accusing Democratic Sen. John Walsh of condoning sex discrimination while heading the Montana National Guard — a charge Walsh and current Guard officials say is untrue.
HELENA — State officials Tuesday said they’re notifying 1.3 million people whose personal data were in a state Department of Public Health and Human Service computer hacked by unknown assailants a year ago.
HELENA — Charges that state Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich broke campaign-reporting laws were filed improperly and should be dismissed, an attorney for Wittich told a state judge Monday.
HELENA — When NorthWestern Energy’s homeowner customers get their electric bills next month, they’ll pay 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour — still nearly the highest rate of any major electric utility in the region.
HELENA — Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, the state’s second-largest electric cooperative, charges relatively high power prices for its customers – but hasn’t had to raise them since 2011, its general manager said.
HELENA — The three members of Montana’s congressional delegation say they’re opposed to sending any additional U.S. troops or advisers into Iraq to help quell a Sunni Muslim-led insurgency.
HELENA — Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer set off a media and social media firestorm Wednesday night, as a magazine reported his comments about his “gaydar” going off over recently ousted U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and equating U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein with a prostitute.
HELENA — An initiative to expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income Montanans won’t be on the November ballot this year, as supporters Thursday said don’t have enough signatures to qualify Initiative 170 for the ballot.
HELENA – An initiative to expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income Montanans won’t be decided by voters this year, as supporters said today they don’t have enough signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.
HELENA — The state Public Service Commission Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a $32 million annual, temporary rate increase for NorthWestern Energy’s electric customers in Montana starting next month.
HELENA — Convicted murderer Barry Beach, whose latest attempt to commute his 100-year sentence was rejected yet again by the state Parole Board last week, said Monday he may give up on Montana’s justice system and go to federal court to pursue his quest for release.
BUTTE — Republican Ryan Zinke, at the first debate in the fall race for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat, pitched himself Saturday as a reasonable conservative who believes the American economy can return to greatness by developing its natural resources.
HELENA — With the June 20 deadline to submit signatures fast approaching, only a group backing an initiative by Charter Communications to reverse a Montana Supreme Court decision and lower its property taxes is confident it will qualify for the November ballot.
HELENA – The voter initiative to expand Medicaid in Montana is close to having enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but a lead organizer said Friday it will come down to the final deadline next week.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he’s lowering interest rates and other charges for state loans that fund city wastewater and drinking-water projects in Montana, saving local governments $29 million over the next 20 years.
HELENA — Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Roger Roots will be on the stage Saturday in the race’s first general-election debate — and the campaign of Republican Steve Daines is none too happy about it.
HELENA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh, the only Iraq War combat veteran in the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday he is “deeply disappointed” that President Barack Obama didn’t properly notify Congress about the circumstances of the release of prisoner-of-war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
HELENA — PPL Montana, the state’s largest private power generator, is being spun off to a new company that will own independent power projects around the country, its parent firm announced Tuesday.
HELENA — Military veterans in Montana wait an average of 48 days for their first primary-care visit in the Veterans Affairs health system, longer than VA systems in most neighboring states, the VA reported Monday.
BUTTE — Conventional wisdom says 2014 looks like a rough political year for Democrats in Montana, but party stalwarts see a bright spot beckoning: Their chances for making gains this election at the state Legislature, particularly the state Senate.
BUTTE — Congressional candidate John Lewis had some frank words for fellow Montana Democrats at this weekend’s party convention, saying they have a steep hill to climb if they hope to succeed in November elections.
BUTTE — While the Obama administration is churning out rules to limit greenhouse gases that cause climate change, some Montana Democrats Friday resisted adding the words “climate change” to additional parts of their party platform.
BUTTE — Former state superintendent of public instruction Nancy Keenan spent 13 years away from Montana, working the political world in Washington, D.C. — but now she’s right back where she started.
HELENA — In legislative primary elections Tuesday, the battle between conservative and moderate wings of the Montana Republican Party pretty much ended in a draw — although, in most cases, incumbents survived.
HELENA — Former Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson led late Tuesday night in the three-way Republican primary for northwestern Montana’s Public Service Commission District 5, winning with just under 50 percent of the vote.
HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R- Mont., and Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., cruised to easy victories in their respective primary elections Tuesday, setting up a fall showdown between the two incumbents for a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrats for a century.
HELENA — Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., teed off Monday on the Obama administration’s new draft rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, calling them “just another step in this administration’s war on coal.”
HELENA — The Obama administration’s new draft rules to reduce carbon emissions evoked strong, divergent reactions Monday in Montana, with coal industry supporters condemning the proposed rules and others calling them a good first step toward addressing climate change and global warming.
HELENA — Montana voters will choose the winners in state and local primary elections Tuesday in races including a tough intraparty Republican battle for the nomination for the U.S. House.
HELENA — The state’s largest labor union, MEA-MFT, usually endorses Democrats — but in Tuesday’s primary election, it’s advising its 18,000 members to consider voting for a slew of centrist Republicans in hotly contested GOP legislative primaries.
Editor’s note: “Ad Watch” is an ongoing series that examines and fact checks current TV campaign ads in Montana. Today, it looks at a pair of ads from Montana’s U.S. Senate race, from candidates Steve Daines, a Republican and Dirk Adams, a Democrat – both of which criticize Democratic Sen. J…
HELENA — Hackers got into a state health department computer that contains huge amounts of personal data on public clients and state employees, state officials said Thursday, but there’s no indication yet that any information was stolen.