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ACLU: Montana’s probation-parole system is a `feeder’ to incarceration

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“We’re seeing that individuals are set up to fail,” said Zuri Moreno, an advocacy/policy assistant for ACLU-Montana.

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Trump’s speech in Billings: Talking up his record, bashing Dems and media

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The president revisited many of themes of speeches he has made at similar rallies around the country

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Tobacco firms throw additional $7.7M against MT tobacco tax/Medicaid initiative

I-185 raises tobacco taxes, extends Medicaid expansion I-185 raises tobacco taxes, extends Medicaid expansion
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Two tobacco firms have put another $7.7 million into their campaign to defeat Initiative 185, which would increase state tobacco taxes and make permanent Montana’s expanded Medicaid program. 

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What are the facts behind Sen. Tester’s ad accusing Rosendale of `money-laundering’?

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A new TV ad from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester accuses Republican challenger Matt Rosendale of “money laundering” and “stuffing his own pocket” with campaign cash. 

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Bullock admin outlines $46M in budget restorations

State Budget Director Dan Villa State Budget Director Dan Villa
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The largest chunk of the restored funds – about $30 million – goes to human services, which saw the biggest cuts.

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President Trump coming to Billings next week

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President Trump is coming to Montana for the second time this summer, for a campaign rally next Thursday in Billings, MTN News has learned. 

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Forest Services OKs first phase of Rock Creek silver mine in NW Montana

The Rock Creek mine would be in the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Noxon The Rock Creek mine would be in the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Noxon
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The first phase of a long-proposed silver and copper mine in the northwest corner of Montana has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service – but developers say they need to settle a legal issue with the state before proceeding. 

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Anti-Tester attack ads: Not telling the whole story

Club for Growth ad attacking Sen. Tester Club for Growth ad attacking Sen. Tester
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Outside groups intent on defeating Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester are flooding Montana’s TV airwaves with campaign ads, criticizing the two-term incumbent – and, as with most such ads, they don’t tell the whole story. 

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Large proposed wind farm, with battery storage, asks PSC to set rate

Wind-power turbines in central Montana's Meagher County Wind-power turbines in central Montana's Meagher County
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A proposed 320-megawatt wind farm in south-central Montana – including battery storage for its power – is asking state regulators to settle a price dispute with Montana’s largest utility, so it can proceed with the project. 

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MT political figures pay tribute to Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
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Some of Montana’s top political figures – Democrats and Republicans alike – paid tribute this week to Sen. John McCain, including a governor’s proclamation Monday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff in McCain’s honor.

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State launches new liquor-license landscape, with auctions, new quota areas

Becky Schlauch, MT Alcoholic Beverage Control Div. Becky Schlauch, MT Alcoholic Beverage Control Div.
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This month, the state is holding its first auction of licenses for restaurants and other establishments to sell liquor, beer or wine – and launching a new licensing landscape that creates 54 new licenses in towns where businesses had struggled to acquire them.  

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Citizens group says I-185, the tobacco-tax initiative, is unconstitutional

I-185 would hike cig taxes $2 a pack I-185 would hike cig taxes $2 a pack
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A Montana-based citizens group says the ballot measure to raise state tobacco taxes and extend Montana’s Medicaid-expansion program is unconstitutional and should be tossed from the November ballot.

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Bullock clarifies position on assault-weapons ban, gun violence

Gov. Steve Bullock Gov. Steve Bullock
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Gov. Steve Bullock, who told CNN Sunday he could support a ban on some semi-automatic “assault weapons,” told Montana reporters Tuesday that any ban should be part of a wider discussion on how to address gun violence. 

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MT Supreme Court upholds decision tossing Green Party from ballot

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The Montana Supreme Court Tuesday upheld last month’s ruling that tossed five Montana Green Party candidates from the general election ballot this fall. 

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Group targeted in `Dark Money’ film: We stand for free speech and privacy

"Dark Money" opens in MT theaters "Dark Money" opens in MT theaters
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The documentary film “Dark Money,” which continues its run this week in several Montana theaters, takes aim at political groups that don’t divulge their donors – but doesn’t spend much time discussing those groups’ take on the issue. One of those groups weighs in.

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Analysis: The facts behind Gianforte’s ad attacking Williams on immigration

Gianforte campaign ad attacking Democrat Williams Gianforte campaign ad attacking Democrat Williams
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Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte’s first campaign TV ad, which began airing last week, sharply criticizes Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams on immigration and foreign policy. But some of the ad’s leading claims misrepresent Williams’ stated views on the subject.

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Montana’s campaign-contribution limits appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

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A prominent critic of campaign-finance limits has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Montana’s campaign-contribution limits, arguing they are an unconstitutional limit on free speech. 

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Analysis: The facts behind Tester’s anti-Rosendale health care ad

A frame from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's ad blasting Matt Rosendale on health care A frame from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's ad blasting Matt Rosendale on health care
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In Montana’s U.S. Senate race, health care will be a key issue – and the latest broadcast ad from Democratic incumbent Jon Tester takes some hard shots at Republican Matt Rosendale, accusing him of “making health care less affordable.” 

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