Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Nevada LGBTQ+ groups hopeful after Senate vote on same-sex marriage; Corporate tax breaks under scrutiny, an update on Nebraska s abortion law; Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes Guilty of seditious conspiracy.


Georgia breaks a state record for early voting, Democrats are one step closer to codifying same-sex marriage, and Arizona county officials refuse to certify the results of the midterm elections.


A water war in Southwest Utah has ranchers and Native tribes concerned, federal solar subsidies could help communities transition to renewable energy, and Starbucks workers attempt to unionize.


A photo from the top of the berm near the Smurfit-Stone site shows how close the Clark Fork River is. (Lisa Ronald/American Rivers)
Tour of Former Mill Site Underscores Dangers for MT River

Community members and conservation groups recently toured a former paper mill because of urgent concerns that the site poses a threat to a nearby Mont…

Conservation-minded lawmakers face an uphill battle in the Montana Legislature, where Republicans will control more than two-thirds of seats in 2023. (Galyna Andrushko/Adobe Stock)
A Green Wave Seen in MT Election?

Candidates supporting conservation efforts held strong in last week's election in Montana. While Republicans captured a supermajority in the state …

More than 800 health-care providers across Montana signed a letter opposing LR-131. (fizkes/Adobe Stock0
Montanans Reject 'Born-Alive' Measure

A Montana measure that would have implemented harsh penalties for medical providers who did not give life-sustaining care to newborns was voted down l…

Displaying flags associated with the LGBTQ community is a protected action under the Fair Housing Act. (Michael/Adobe Stock)
Fed Housing Protections Against LGBTQ Discrimination Could Change

The Biden administration banned housing discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation and gender identity, but the gain in protections for …

After the 2020 Census, Montana added a House seat in the U.S. Congress. Its two seats are up for election on Tuesday. (Iryna/Adobe Stock)
Group Works to 'Get Out the Vote' for Indigenous Montanans

Election Day is almost here, and one organization wants to ensure indigenous folks in Montana know how they can cast their ballots. Ta'jin Perez…

A survey from this summer found 12% of Montana families
As MT Families Struggle, Child Tax Credit Payments Touted as Solution

A program that sent money to families with children helped pull millions out of poverty early in the pandemic, including about 211,000 kids in …

People with medical debt were two to three times more likely to be unable to pay bills such as rent or utilities and experience higher rates of eviction, according to Kaiser Health News. (Adobe Stock)
Tackling the Roots of Medical Debt for Health Literacy Month

More than half of Americans said they are worried about getting surprise medical bills they cannot afford, and consumer advocates said one way to …

Little Big Horn College in Montana is one of 32 fully accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities in the United States. (Photo courtesy lbc.org)
Native Americans Urged to Vote with Higher Ed in Mind

Montana is home to seven tribal colleges and universities. Higher education leaders for Indigenous populations say they hope to see strong turnout …

For two years, Shodair Children's Hospital worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to accomplish a land purchase. The proceeds will help Shodair fund construction of a new children's hospital. (Adobe Stock)
MT Land Board Acquires Large Property for Public Use

The Montana Land Board has approved acquiring a new piece of land to become a Wildlife Management Area. In a four-to-one vote, the board acquired …

In a recent report, Sierra Club scored utilities for their climate-friendly pledges only slightly better than in its 2021 report. (bilanol/Adobe Stock)
NorthWestern Energy Among Utilities with Long Roads to Cleaner Power

Utilities across the country are making climate pledges - but they're not necessarily backing them up, according to a new report. The Sierra Club …

Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeastern Montana, was established in 1935. (Danita Delimont/Adobe Stock)
National Refuges Hailed as 'Sanctuary to Wildlife'

National Wildlife Refuge Week may be over, but public lands are important to animals and plants year-round. There are about 600 wildlife refuges …

With voting booths often located far from home, absentee ballots are a way many Native Americans in Montana vote. (The Toidi/Adobe Stock)
MT Election Laws That Created Barriers for Native Americans Struck Down

A Montana District Court has struck down three election laws which would have created voting barriers weeks before the midterm election. Two of the …


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