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Supreme Court Gives Victory to Conservatives on Schools

Upholds Montana program that aids religious schools

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling, per the AP . The court's 5-4 ruling, with conservatives in the majority, came in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program... More »

Court: Fossils Worth Millions Belong to Montana Family

Mary Ann and Lige Murray own surface rights to land where 'dueling dinosaurs' found

(Newser) - Dinosaur fossils worth millions of dollars unearthed on a Montana ranch belong to the owners of the land’s surface rights, not the owners of the mineral rights, a US appeals court ruled. The June 17 ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 decision by... More »

Grizzly Attacks Montana Mountain Biker

Man is in critical but stable condition

(Newser) - A mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky, according to authorities. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help. He was airlifted to a hospital... More »

Small Montana School Is Reopening for Students

Willow Creek will be among the first in the nation to do so

(Newser) - A tiny public school in Montana will be among the first in the US to resume classroom teaching this week after being closed for nearly two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, per the AP . In opening its doors to most of its 56 students and 18 staff members on... More »

Keystone XL Work Begins Near Border Despite Outbreak

Tribes, environmentalists wanted construction to wait till after the pandemic

(Newser) - A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the US-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project during the coronavirus pandemic. TC Energy said work began over the weekend at the border... More »

Chances of Senate Power Flip Just Got Bigger

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will run, adding to a list of possible wins for Democrats

(Newser) - Before Monday, political observers thought Democrats had a plausible chance of regaining control of the Senate in 2020. Now they think the chances are even better. On Monday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said he would run to try to unseat Republican incumbent Steve Daines, reports Politico . An analysis at the... More »

Police: Car Full of Teens Drove Straight at a Cop

Officer in Billings, Mont., was seriously injured

(Newser) - Montana police say a 14-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a car that struck and seriously injured a Billings officer early Saturday morning. The Billings Police Department said in a press release that five females between the ages of 13 and 16 were also in the car, which had... More »

8 Bears Died Here in 2019. Cow Carcasses Sealed Their Fate

Record 51 bears killed in Montana for 2nd year in a row, with 8 deaths attributed to trains

(Newser) - Researchers are developing a system to warn grizzly bears about approaching trains in response to climbing death rates, which have some fearing for the future of the species. Some 51 bears were killed in Montana's Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, including Glacier National Park and parts of the Flathead and... More »

Lawmaker Who Said Socialists Can Be Shot Is Staying Put

Rodney Garcia said Constitution allows them to be jailed or shot

(Newser) - The Montana state lawmaker who said the Constitution allows socialists to be shot won't resign, despite much outcry over his remarks and an official request from party leadership that he step down. State representative Rodney Garcia of Billings tells the AP the "only way I would give my... More »

Lawmaker: The Constitution Says You Can Shoot Socialists

State Rep. Rodney Garcia claims it's in the US Constitution

(Newser) - A Montana state lawmaker claims that the US Constitution approves of jailing or shooting anyone who identifies as socialist. State Rep. Rodney Garcia framed his remark as a question at a state party gathering in Helena on Friday, then confirmed it to a reporter the next day: "So actually... More »

Body of Selena Not Afraid Found Near Rest Stop

Sheriff says foul play not suspected in death of indigenous teen

(Newser) - The search for a Native American teenager whose disappearance brought attention to the wider issue of missing and murdered women from the community came to a tragic end Monday morning. The body of 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found less than a mile from the I-90 rest stop in rural... More »

Missing Teen's Case Puts Focus on a Troubling Issue

Selena Not Afraid is the latest Native American girl or woman to disappear

(Newser) - It has been nearly three weeks since 16-year-old Selena Bell, aka Selena Not Afraid, went missing. The Native American teen disappeared at a rest stop in rural Montana, and searches by police and volunteers have been fruitless. As the hunt continues, Selena's disappearance is calling attention to the larger... More »

Supreme Court Case Could Boost Religious Schooling

It's rooted in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program

(Newser) - A Supreme Court that seems favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states, the AP reports. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program... More »

Who's Ready for Blizzard Conditions?

North-central states could see up to 2 feet of snow over next few days

(Newser) - Get your snow boots ready. A "potentially historic" winter storm is expected over the next several days in the north-central part of the country, which could see record low temperatures and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. Parts of Washington state, northern Idaho, and western Montana... More »

Men Who Pretended to Be Veterans Must Wear 'I AM A LIAR' Signs

Plus complete a few other unusual sentencing requirements

(Newser) - Two men who pretended to be military veterans were sentenced to some very interesting punishments in Montana Friday, KRTV reports. As the Great Falls Tribune explains, Ryan Patrick Morris, 28, and Troy Allan Nelson, 33, were appearing before Judge Greg Pinski for violating the terms of deferred or suspended sentences... More »

A Lost Man's Heartbreaking Note to Pregnant Wife

Luckily, Kaden Laga made it back alive after 5 days in the Montana wilderness

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Utah man lost in the wilderness along the Montana-Idaho border last week, not sure if he'd ever make it out, found himself thinking about his pregnant wife—so he composed a note on his phone "in case they found my body cold," Kaden Laga now... More »

He Said Boy Was Snubbing National Anthem. Then a 'Pop'

Curt James Brockway charged with assault on a minor

(Newser) - A grown man allegedly fractured a boy's skull because the 13-year-old didn't remove his hat as the national anthem played at a county fair. The boy was flown to a hospital in Spokane, Wash., after he was thrown to ground at the Mineral County Fair in Superior, Mont.... More »

Toddler Found Dead After Parents' Murder-Suicide

Police in Montana believe they have found body of Aiden Salcido

(Newser) - The body of a missing Oregon boy whose parents died in an apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been found in a remote area of Montana, police said. Police in Medford, Oregon, say Montana authorities reported finding the body Sunday thought to be that of 2-year-old Aiden Salcido, the son... More »

After Apparent Murder-Suicide, Cops Search for Missing Toddler

Police in Northwest believe Aiden Castiel Salcido could be anywhere from Montana to Oregon

(Newser) - Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak had been on the run since June 11, when, police say, they were reported missing after Janiak didn't show up to start serving her jail sentence in Oregon for a burglary conviction. Cops found them in Kalispell, Mont., this week, but now the two... More »

Youth Ranch Raided After Complaint About Nail Gun

Children allegedly 'hit, kicked ... spit on' at Montana's Ranch for Kids

(Newser) - Montana has removed 27 children from a home for troubled youth after reports of abuse, including one mentioning a nail gun shot at a child, per NBC News . "No child should have to experience what multiple sources have alleged has happened at the Ranch for Kids" in Rexford, near... More »

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