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Montana lawmakers, conservation groups ask Congress to reauthorize fund

With fewer than 50 days until funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires, Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines told a group in Helena on Monday he wants to see the funding made permanent so the cycle of uncertainty around the program ends. Read more

Montana attorney says changes to tax initiative unnecessary

An attorney for Montana says the changes that an anti-tax group wants to make to a ballot initiative to raise the state's tobacco tax are minor and unnecessary. Read more

Documents provide new information on dismissal of ex-prison warden

Newly released documents provide more insight into the stint of a Montana State Prison warden who was fired before the end of his probationary period. Read more

2 companies to raise Montana insurance rates in 2019

HELENA — Montana Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale says he's finalized next year's rates for companies that sell health insurance policies through the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange. Read more

Ballot selfies at polling places are legal in Montana

Montana voters can take "ballot selfies" at polling places on Election Day as long as they aren't being disruptive or are coerced into doing so, the state's campaign and elections regulator has ruled. Read more

U.S. energy panel established by Zinke is stacked with industry supporters, conservation group claims

Conservationists claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Trump administration committee reviewing royalties paid by companies on fossil fuels extracted from public lands is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. Read more

Bullock adds New Hampshire trip as he considers national run

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has added New Hampshire to his schedule of trips to early-voting states this month as he explores a possible 2020 presidential bid. Read more

Judge holds former Hill County attorney in contempt of court

HAVRE — A north-central Montana judge fined the former Hill County attorney $1,500 and ordered six days of house arrest for contempt of court. Read more

Judge refuses to reopen North Dakota pipeline security suit

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has refused to reopen a lawsuit that state regulators filed against a North Carolina-based private security firm accused of using heavy-handed tactics against people protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. Read more

Tobacco-funded group sues over Montana citizen tax measure

A tobacco industry-funded group wants to change the wording of a citizen's ballot initiative that would significantly raise Montana's tobacco taxes, a legal challenge that is part of the group's expensive effort to defeat the measure when it goes to voters in November. Read more