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Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .

Montana’s Supreme Court rules officer unlawfully searched cell phone in child pornagraphy case

By: - September 29, 2022

The Montana Supreme Court handed down a ruling Tuesday that puts stricter confines on what information law enforcement can access when carrying out searches on digital devices, marking a big win for digital privacy advocates. At the center of the case is Bradley Mefford, of Butte, who was arrested in 2016 for child pornography. Mefford, […]

Montanans looking to update their birth certificates face wait times up to 6 months

By: - September 22, 2022

The state health department is again accepting applications from people who want to update the gender marker on their birth certificates following a court order this week. However, the Department of Public Health and Human Services said it could take up to six months to process an application.  Jon Ebelt, spokesman for the Department, did […]

More than 100K Montanans eligible for student debt relief, according to White House projections

By: - September 21, 2022

More than 10 percent of Montanans will be eligible to receive student debt relief through Biden’s student loan forgiveness initiative, according to new data from the White House. A breakdown of eligible recipients shows that about 120,400 Montanans will qualify for debt relief; of that number, 78,600 Montanans who received Pell Grants are eligible for […]

Montana AG raises concerns about credit card companies tracking firearm purchases

By: - September 20, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a group of attorneys general in calling out a handful of financial institutions for a new policy that would track and monitor firearm purchases. At the center of the coalition’s ire is recent action taken by the International Organization for Standardization —  a worldwide federation of national standards […]

Regulation of facial recognition technology fails in interim committee

By: - September 19, 2022

Economic Affairs Interim Committee members failed to move forward with any draft legislation to regulate the use of budding facial recognition technology at its final meeting before the 2023 legislative session. The committee has spent a good portion of the interim studying the technology and how it interrelates with Montanans’ heightened right to privacy. The […]

Montana part of coalition to receive $45M in Indigenous economic development grants

By: - September 10, 2022

A coalition dedicated to improving economic development opportunities among Native Americans in Montana and the region received $45 million in grants — the largest donation in the history of the coalition — to grow the Indigenous finance sector. Mountain | Plains Regional Native CDFI Coalition was one of 21 groups to receive a portion of […]

Montana Lottery projecting biggest year yet for sports betting in fiscal year 2023

By: - September 8, 2022

Sportsbet Montana is expecting its most prominent year yet, with the Montana Lottery projecting that $47.17 million will be wagered in the state in the fiscal year 2023. If history is any indicator, the state is likely to come close to that number. In FY 2021, Montanans bet $43.25 million on sports, $15 million over […]

Legislative committee advances proposal for harsher disorderly conduct penalties

By: - August 31, 2022

A legislative interim committee on Tuesday advanced a bill proposal that would harshen penalties for disorderly conduct charges, a move that opponents say will lead to more incarceration of vulnerable Montanans. The Criminal Justice Oversight Council, which oversees the implementation of criminal justice legislation, adopted the language of a bill draft proposal with a 9-3 […]

Lawmakers halt Health Department rule to extend religious vaccine exemptions to childcare centers

By: - August 30, 2022

State lawmakers agreed Friday to temporarily prohibit the state from adopting an administrative rule that would allow children attending child and daycare centers to receive religious exemptions for vaccines. Democrats and Republicans on the Children Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee, which oversees the state health department, voted to postpone the proposal, albeit for […]

Montana lawmakers move forward with child protective reforms, including using warrants

By: - August 29, 2022

State lawmakers moved forward with a bill that, among other things, would require Child Protective Services, to obtain a warrant to remove a child from their home in most cases. The decision to move the legislation forward came in the face of objections from the Department of Health and Human Services — the agency that […]

Corrections officer with alleged ties to White nationalist group no longer employed at Montana State Prison

By: - August 29, 2022

A correctional officer who was reported to have ties to White nationalism is no longer employed at the Montana State Prison, the department said Friday. In an April 1 report by the Montana Human Rights Network, the group outlined how former correctional officer Kelly Chambers had ties to Butte’s Ron McVan — who worked with […]

‘It’s a dumpster fire’: Employees speak out about poor conditions at the Montana State Prison

By: - August 28, 2022

Conditions at the Montana State Prison have long been deteriorating but have reached a boiling point in recent months, with employees asserting that treatment by management has created unsafe conditions for inmates and staff alike. Staff at the prison have become increasingly vocal over the last few months about treatment from management, which culminated in […]