BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana has become the first state to prohibit telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock. The move comes after the Federal Communications Commission last month repealed so-called net neutrality rules that govern broadband providers. Critics contend the change would hurt consumers and make it harder for start-up companies to enter the market.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 46-year-old Montana man has been identified as the victim of a weekend avalanche in Idaho's Island Park area. Raymond John Moe of Missoula was killed Saturday while riding a motorized snowbike about five miles from the Blue Creek trailhead. The 600-foot wide slide was triggered when Moe and another rider in his group went off trail.
POLSON, Mont. (AP) - A business coalition is asking a judge to stop state officials from imposing a fee on Montana State Fund assets to help plug a budget gap. Lawmakers recently approved a 3 percent management fee on state fund assets above $1 billion. But the business coalition says employers pay into the fund to make sure injured workers get medical coverage and state officials can't take the money for Montana's general fund.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of the nation's most at-risk for HIV has two Montana counties listed and Montana health officials perplexed. Mineral County ranks 161st of 220 on the CDC study and Treasure County is ranked 211th. Jim Murphy of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services questions the methodology used by the CDC to come up with the rankings.
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