Federal judge issues preliminary injunction blocking effective date of Montana’s TikTok ban

BY: - December 1, 2023

Saying Montana’s law banning TikTok in the state oversteps the state’s powers and infringes on people’s constitutional rights, a federal judge in Missoula on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction temporarily prohibiting the state from enforcing the law set to take effect Jan. 1. U.S. District of Montana Judge Donald Molloy found the law banning TikTok […]

Abortion advocates submit ballot measure affirming right to terminate pregnancy in Montana

BY: - November 27, 2023

This article was first published by the Daily Montanan.  Voters may have the opportunity to affirm the right to an abortion in the Montana Constitution in 2024. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana submitted a ballot initiative last week to put before the voters the option to add the right for someone to make decisions about […]

Tears in our beer: Climate change could hurt beer drinkers

BY: - November 15, 2023

This article was first published by the Daily Montanan. Climate change may be very bad news for beer drinkers. A new report in the journal Nature Communications shows that climate change is responsible for the decrease in quantity and quality of hops produced in Europe. And that trend is projected to continue as climate change is […]

How a Montana city with an affordable housing crunch added hundreds of new homes

BY: - October 16, 2023

This article was first published by the Daily Montanan. People who used to be homeless are moving into the Villagio. “We’ve had quite a few who had been living in their cars,” said Mary Melton, with the Missoula Housing Authority. Tenants fleeing rental increases of $500 to $700 a month are finding homes in the […]

Federal judge hears arguments on requests to block Montana’s TikTok ban

BY: - October 12, 2023

This article was first published by the Daily Montanan. A federal judge in Missoula peppered state attorneys representing Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen with questions Thursday morning about why the state believes banning TikTok in the state is necessary, at times hinting that he was hearing conflicting arguments as he considers whether to temporarily block […]

University of Montana working on vaccine for fentanyl, heroin overdose

BY: - September 18, 2023

This article was first published by the Daily Montanan. A vaccine to prevent overdosing on fentanyl and one for heroin are in the works at the University of Montana and partner institutions. Human trials are expected to start in early 2024 for both vaccines, according to UM. UM researcher Jay Evans, who leads a campus […]

Judge sides with youth in Montana climate change trial, finds two laws unconstitutional

BY: - August 14, 2023

The State of Montana’s failure to consider greenhouse gas emissions from energy and mining projects violates the state constitution because it does not protect Montanans’ right to a clean and healthful environment and the state’s natural resources from unreasonable depletion, a judge ruled Monday in a victory for 16 youth plaintiffs who sued the state. […]

Officials: ‘Unprecedented’ humanitarian crisis around Montana because of homelessness

BY: - June 20, 2023

Missoula’s Mayor Jordan Hess declared a homelessness and sheltering state of emergency this month as a crisis center in Billings reports more people who are homeless for the first time and a shelter in Great Falls sees a growing need for its services. Hess signed the emergency proclamation last week — the first of its […]

Plaintiff in Montana youth climate trial criticizes state as officials prepare to testify

BY: - June 18, 2023

An 18-year-old from Kalispell concluded testimony from the 16 youth plaintiffs and expert witnesses in the Montana climate change trial Friday by excoriating the state government for what he said has been decades of ignoring science and for trying relentlessly to stop him and the other plaintiffs from having their day in court. “I don’t […]