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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 .

Privacy concerns prompt MT leg study of facial recognition technology

By: - November 18, 2021

Most Montanans probably do not know that when they go to get their driver’s license picture taken, it is entering a system that feeds into a larger database used by national law enforcement agencies. Or that when they apply for unemployment benefits, their picture could be shared with the government. Those privacy anxieties are why legislators […]

Knudsen joins lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

By: - November 16, 2021

Montana, along with 11 other states, is suing to stop the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, calling it federal overreach and saying it would further burden the healthcare sector in Montana, where a large percentage of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are already facing worker shortages. Attorney General Austin […]

Investigation finds reasonable cause of discrimination and harassment by state contractor

By: - November 12, 2021

The Montana Human Rights Bureau has found reasonable cause to believe that three former employees of a medical nonprofit that contracts with the state were subject to a years-long pattern of gender-based harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by the organization’s director, according to an investigative report. The three former employees, all women, filed their complaints with […]

Environmental groups, tribes sue DEQ for lack of ‘bad actor’ enforcement against mining company

By: - November 11, 2021

A coalition of Montana environmental groups and Indian tribes are suing the state for not enforcing the “bad actor” provision of the law against the former head of Pegasus Gold mining company, who is proposing two new large-scale mining projects in the state that the groups say would devastate areas of cultural significance to the […]

Montana Nurses Association said it’s shut out by Gianforte

By: - November 10, 2021

Over the last three months, as the coronavirus has continued to cripple the state, the Montana Nurses Association said it has tried eight times to schedule a meeting with Gov. Greg Gianforte to address the need for more support for nurses on the front lines. “We should be at the table; it breaks my heart. […]

Early outlook at Montana’s tax revenue is promising

By: - November 9, 2021

A budget analyst with Legislative Services Division told a promising story to the Revenue Interim Committee on Tuesday about Montana’s new fiscal year but cautioned that’s it is still early. “Long story short, only four months of data, but two that play a very big role in how strong the general fund is at the […]

Federal officials say Afghan refugee accused of rape in Missoula was properly vetted

By: - November 9, 2021

An Afghan evacuee recently charged with rape in Missoula had no prior criminal history and completed a “rigorous and multi-layered” vetting process before entering the country, according to the U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Zabihullah Mohmand is accused of raping a woman in a downtown hotel in Missoula in October […]

Whitefish school board recall effort is emblematic of bigger movement

By: - November 8, 2021

A campaign to recall all members of the Whitefish school board is underway, with supporters arguing trustees ignored parents’ constitutional rights by not allowing the “right of participation” when deciding to implement a mask mandate in the district for children not old enough to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Jenny Paatalo, a Whitefish parent who filed […]

Special counsel to meet with AG next week as part of St. Peter’s investigation

By: - November 5, 2021

The Attorney General’s office is set to meet with the legislative special counsel next week to review documents pertaining to an investigation into reports that Attorney General Austin Knudsen used state resources, including law enforcement, to harass and intimidate physicians and staff at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. “Special Counsel Abra Belke informed the majority […]

Austin Knudsen challenges federal vaccine mandate for large employers

By: - November 5, 2021

Attorney General Austin Knudsen, joined by 10 other states and three private employers, petitioned the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to block the Biden administration’s newly released COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers with more than 100 employees. On Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published new regulations mandating most employees at […]

Montana to study sentencing patterns for possible racial disparities

By: - November 4, 2021

Montana’s judicial branch, with help from the Council of State Governments, is conducting a study of sentencing patterns in the state across racial groups to determine whether disparities exist and if so, where. In Montana, data from the Department of Corrections show Native Americans are overrepresented in state prisons. ​​Montana is home to seven Indian […]

FBI: Rate of violent crime in Montana continues to surpass national rate

By: - November 3, 2021

The rate at which violent crimes were committed in Montana in 2020 surpassed the national rate for the second year — part of a more significant trend of violent crime increasing in Montana while decreasing nationally, according to recently released FBI crime data. “This is sort of a longer-term pattern in Montana, that we have […]