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Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert 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. Keith is no longer a reporter with the Daily Montanan.

Supreme Court ruling expands states’ authority to prosecute crimes on tribal land

By: - June 29, 2022

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native people who commit crimes against a Native person on tribal lands, a dramatic move for tribal sovereignty that undoes decades of practice. Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta, who is non-Native, was sentenced to 35 years in prison stemming from a 2015 child neglect conviction […]

Legislative audit finds DOC misspent more than $50K from the inmate welfare fund

By: - June 28, 2022

The Montana Department of Corrections misspent more than $50,000 of its inmate welfare fund, according to a new performance audit report presented to the Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday. The objective of the audit was to determine whether the department administers the fund according to state law and department policy. And for the most part, […]

Interim committee votes down motion to access funds in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

By: - June 28, 2022

An interim legislative committee rejected a proposal on Monday to appoint one Democrat and one Republican to draft a bill outlining how the state could access newly announced federal funds allocated to address gun violence and mental health in schools. Democrats said Montanans needed to take action given the severity of gun violence in the […]

Motion to draft bill codifying access to abortion in Montana dies on tied vote

By: - June 27, 2022

A legislative interim committee failed to pass a motion Monday that would have begun the process of drafting a bill to codify the access to abortion that currently exists in Montana. The motion in front of the Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee by Sen. Mary McNally, D-Billings, failed on a tied vote […]

Sibanye Stillwater mine not expected to be fully operation for 4 to 6 weeks

By: - June 24, 2022

Operations at the Sibanyee Stillwater mine in southern Montana are suspended, and the mine is not expected to be fully operational for four to six weeks after historic flooding last week damaged and cut off access to the plant. The dormancy at the mine is notable as mining makes up an estimated 41% of jobs […]

More than 100 homes severely damaged or destroyed by last week’s historic flooding

By: - June 23, 2022

More than 100 homes in Carbon, Stillwater and Park counties were damaged or destroyed by historic and devastating floods last week, according to a letter from the governor’s office on Thursday. The letter is a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking it to activate its Individual Assistance program, which provides funds and services […]

Debate on how to regulate facial recognition technology trudges on after 14 months

By: - June 22, 2022

Lawmakers still can’t agree on how to regulate facial recognition technology in the state after 14 months of study as they continue to try and strike the right balance between the use of the rapidly emerging technology with Montanans’ constitutional right to privacy. Last Tuesday, at an Economic Interim Affairs Committee meeting, a draft of […]

Mandatory 12-hour shifts coming to Montana State Prison in face of staffing shortages

By: - June 22, 2022

The staff vacancy rate at the Montana State Prison has increased from 20% in January to 30% as of Monday, and employees are being asked to bear the brunt of the shortages through upcoming mandatory 12-hour shifts, according to an internal memo sent to prison staff on Monday. “The Montana Department of Corrections’ Executive Team […]

Proposed Montana State Library logo gets backlash over resemblance to LGBTQ pride flag

By: - June 21, 2022

The Montana State Library is at the center of an unexpected controversy after some commissioners expressed opposition to a suggested new logo, claiming it closely resembled the LGBTQ Pride flag during their June 15 meeting and potentially stalling its anticipated August rollout. The new logo’s design had been in the works for about one year […]

Gianforte set to return to Montana on Thursday evening, tour Gardiner on Friday

By: - June 16, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte is set to return to Montana on Thursday night and tour Gardiner on Friday, according to his office. On Wednesday, Gianforte’s office said the governor and his wife, Susan Gianforte, were on a “long-scheduled personal trip,” but it provided little additional information. Starting on Sunday, floods washed across portions of the state, […]

Contractor report outlines successes and continuing challenges at Montana State Hospital

By: - June 16, 2022

The executive director of Disability Rights Montana, a nonprofit advocacy group in the state, said she is pleasantly surprised by the work being done by a private consulting group hired to investigate Montana’s psychiatric hospital. Alvarez and Marsal, a New York-based consulting firm, inked a $2.2 million contract with the state earlier this year to […]

Gov. Greg Gianforte asks Biden for major disaster declaration

By: - June 15, 2022

An estimated $29 million will be required to fix the damage to transportation infrastructure caused by historic flooding in south-central Montana over the last four days, according to a letter from the Governor’s Office citing an initial assessment of broken bridges and roads. The letter is a request to President Joe Biden for an expedited […]