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Biden’s immigration plans face new test in the U.S. Senate

BY: - November 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary […]

Ninth Circuit asks state whether federal government can be held liable for sexual assault

BY: - November 28, 2021

In Montana, if a citizen is sexually assaulted by a state, county or municipal law enforcement officer, the victim can sue the agency for which the officer works. But in Montana, it’s unclear whether that same principle applies to a federal law enforcement agent because the officer is a federal employee. That’s the central question […]

Telemedicine is a hit with patients, even with its growing pains

BY: - November 28, 2021

Crystal Joseph pays for two telemedicine video services to ensure that her small therapy practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, can always connect with its clients. She’s been burned before. During one hours-long service outage of SimplePractice in late May, PsycYourMind, which offers mental health counseling and group sessions for Black patients, lost about $600 because […]

Montana Supreme Court decides who owns the Ekalaka Fire Department

BY: - November 27, 2021

Who owns the Ekalaka Fire Department? If you said, “Ekalaka,” you’d be right. But the question wasn’t exactly that straightforward and was settled recently by the Montana State Supreme Court after more than a century worth of disagreement, culminating in the suit decided by the highest court in the Treasure State. The Ekalaka Volunteer Fire […]

Quarantine and tracing rules are all over the map for students in America

BY: - November 27, 2021

At this point in the pandemic, most parents are familiar with “COVID notification” letters. But the letters’ instruction on whether your kid must quarantine or not varies wildly from school to school. In Minneapolis, students exposed to COVID-19 at school are supposed to quarantine for 10 days. In the suburban Anoka-Hennepin school district, a single […]

Judge rejects Secretary of State’s voting laws arguments, allows Dems’ case to proceed

BY: - November 26, 2021

A Yellowstone County District judge has rebuffed Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Montana Democratic Party challenging the Legislature’s changes to voting laws this session. Attorneys for Jacobsen argued that the Democrats’ suit should be dismissed for a multitude of reasons, including the newly passed laws didn’t disenfranchise […]

Zinke, two others, fail to file financial disclosures

BY: - November 26, 2021

Former Secretary of the Interior and once-again Congressional hopeful Ryan Zinke acknowledged that his campaign has missed a financial disclosure deadline for filing a report outlining his finances and fundraising. Zinke served as former President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and left amidst a cloud of controversy that culminated in several investigations in […]

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]

Colorado’s Boebert apologizes for suicide-bomber reference about fellow Congresswoman

BY: - November 26, 2021

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert issued an apology Friday after a video circulated showing her suggest that if Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were wearing a backpack then Boebert would suspect her of being a suicide bomber. Boebert, a Republican from Silt, made headlines recently for saying a Omar, who is Muslim, was part of the […]

Interior Department calls for oil and gas leasing updates, but not ending production

BY: - November 26, 2021

The U.S. Interior Department recommended increased fees for oil and gas exploration on federal lands as part of a long-awaited report released Friday that environmental groups said didn’t go far enough in limiting fossil fuels and Republicans derided as an attack on domestic producers. The report, ordered by President Joe Biden during his first week in […]

Study: ‘Sizable minority’ of residents in Mountain West approve of violence when government fails

BY: - November 26, 2021

A survey commissioned by a Boise-based institute has found that a sizable minority of Mountain West residents think violence is justified when the government fails its people. Meanwhile, a large share of those surveyed believe the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, and are concerned about the health of American democracy. The findings are […]

‘Cold War Montana’: How the Treasure State helped win the war against communism

BY: - November 26, 2021

When folks think of the “Cold War,” they may remember Soviet warships with nuclear missiles steaming toward Cuba. Or maybe they’d recall the proxy war fought in Vietnam that purported to stop the spread of communism by preventing its spread to a small southeast Asian country. Not many may think about Montana being on the […]