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In fight over Montana's 'Dueling Dinosaurs,' judges say fossils should be treated like minerals

HELENA — About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of "mineral." Read more

Montana state, county elections officials diverge on voting needs

HELENA — Montana's midterm elections saw a record number of absentee ballots overwhelm voting machines, found election officials in a dozen counties hand-counting votes and underscored the need to replace hundreds of aging voting machines for the disabled. Read more

Governor's budget boosts preschool, pays for Medicaid expansion, plans for infrastructure

Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday pitched a substantial investment in preschool, as well as fully paying for Medicaid expansion and an infrastructure package for urban and rural parts of the state in his two-year budget proposal. Read more

Governor's budget boosts preschool, pays for Medicaid expansion, plans for infrastructure

Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday pitched a substantial investment in preschool, as well as fully paying for Medicaid expansion and an infrastructure package for urban and rural parts of the state in his two-year budget proposal. Read more

Montana lawmakers pick leaders for upcoming legislative session

Republican lawmakers picked leaders of the state House and Senate Wednesday, retaining Senate President Scott Sales for a second session and electing Rep. Greg Hertz of Polson as speaker of the House. Read more

Polson confirms interim city manager, still needs attorney

POLSON — This city's commission has confirmed Chief of Police Wade Nash as interim city manager. Read more

Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids

WASHINGTON — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Read more

Stapleton defends giving $265K contract to friend, says it was right choice for voters

HELENA - Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is defending his decision to award a $265,000 contract to a friend, saying his office did what was right for the voters. Read more

Montana expected to allow coal mine expansion, despite company's bankruptcy

Montana is poised to grant Westmoreland Coal Co. an expansion at Rosebud Mine, despite the company’s recent bankruptcy filing. Read more

Zinke says he's '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in ethics probe

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. Read more



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