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Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

HELENA — Expect a debate at the Capitol over how much tax revenue the state can expect to collect this year and the next two fiscal years.

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Missoula federal building studied for possible VA clinic

MISSOULA — The General Services Administration is studying the feasibility of converting the vacant Federal Building in downtown Missoula to a new VA outpatient clinic.

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Officials mum on former Campbell County sheriff case

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A stalled investigation into former Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall has attracted the attention of Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael.

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Committee hears conflicting testimony over 'right to try'

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposed bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to improve their condition drew conflicting testimony during a hearing before a Senate committee.

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Helena man sentenced to 50 years for 11th drunk-driving offense

Helena man sentenced to 50 years for 11th drunk-driving offense

HELENA — A district judge on Thursday ordered a 49-year-old Helena man accused of 11 drunken driving offenses to serve 50 years in the Montana State Prison.

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UW surveys show high student satisfaction

UW surveys show high student satisfaction

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A survey of University of Wyoming students shows that more than 90 percent are pleased with their education at the state’s only four-year, public university and would recommend the university to friends and relatives although they would like to see improved residence halls.

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Missoula native Darian Stevens seeking X Games medal

Missoula native Darian Stevens seeking X Games medal

MISSOULA — The Winter X Games are the biggest showcase in the world for slopestyle skiers — at least until the Olympics added the snow-bound discipline for last year’s Winter Games. Even then, the atmosphere at the annual X Games can’t be beat, Darian Stevens said.

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Carroll Saints help woman, child from burning car

Carroll Saints help woman, child from burning car

HELENA — Carroll assistant men’s basketball coach Dan Pearson, ESPN Montana sports director Jason Walker and the driver of the basketball teams’ bus helped a woman and her child to safety Friday afternoon after the car the two were traveling in caught fire on Interstate 90 just west of Drummond.

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UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

MISSOULA — Tourism in Montana is booming, beef calf prices are at a 60-year high and wages are on the upswing once more, economists told a Missoula audience Friday.

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Man convicted in North Dakota oil patch murder appealing

Man convicted in North Dakota oil patch murder appealing

WILLISTON, N.D. — An Idaho man convicted of killing a man outside of a strip club in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is appealing his conviction to the state Supreme Court.

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Couple accused of keeping child in a cage plead guilty

Couple accused of keeping child in a cage plead guilty

LARAMIE, Wyo. — An Albany County couple accused of keeping a 7-year-old boy in an outdoor cage have each pleaded guilty to felonious restraint and felony child abuse.

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Paraglider who crashed at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort dies

JACKSON, Wyo.  — A paraglider who crashed within the boundary of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has died.

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Senate committee softens language in study of federal lands

CHEYENNE — A legislative committee approved a bill Thursday that funds a $100,000 study about state management of public lands, after words in the measure having to do with the transfer of the title of federal lands were removed.

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House committee advances income tax cut bills

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide millions of dollars of one-time and permanent state income tax cuts.

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Exxon gets $1 million penalty in 2011 Yellowstone spill

Exxon gets $1 million penalty in 2011 Yellowstone spill

BILLINGS — Federal officials have issued a $1 million penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp. for safety violations stemming from a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River.

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Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

HELENA — Business owners, including a Republican state senator, turned out Friday to support a plan by Democratic state Auditor Monica Lindeen to extend and possibly expand a program helping more than 1,100 small businesses pay for employee health coverage.

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Bill for minimum wage increase fails

CHEYENNE — A bill that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour failed in a legislative committee Friday morning.

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Nature Conservancy finishes 257-square-mile land purchase

Nature Conservancy finishes 257-square-mile land purchase

GREAT FALLS — The Nature Conservancy has completed purchasing more than 257-square-miles of forestlands in Montana and Washington as part of a program to protect habitat for bull trout, lynx, elk and mule deer.

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Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

About 50 supporters told a legislative panel Friday that Gov. Steve Bullock's $37 million plan for public preschool is a worthy investment.

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Wyoming police department outfits officers with body cams

Wyoming police department outfits officers with body cams

CASPER, Wyo. — You’re being recorded when you walk into the grocery store. You’re on surveillance when you drive in your car. You’re being watched when you stand in an elevator.

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Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

HELENA — A Montana legislator proposed Friday that domestic abusers receive additional punishment if the victim is pregnant.

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Whitefish man pleads no contest to felony arson

KALISPELL — A Whitefish man has pleaded no contest to charges of felony arson accusing him of setting his ex-girlfriend's house on fire.

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Browning man accused of killing 3 grizzlies must pay $30K

Browning man accused of killing 3 grizzlies must pay $30K

GREAT FALLS — A man accused of killing three grizzly bears near his Browning home last summer has been ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.

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Bill giving governor more power over clemency for inmates advances easily

Bill giving governor more power over clemency for inmates advances easily

HELENA — A bill giving the governor power to overrule the Board of Pardons and Parole on clemency decisions — spurred in part by the case of convicted murderer Barry Beach — easily advanced to the House floor Friday.

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3-million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota’s current oil rush.

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