WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator from Montana says the Trump administration is trying to minimize the effects of the government shutdown by keeping some national parks open, and he accused former President Barack Obama of trying to make shutdowns painful for the American people. Sen. Steve Daines said Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman, wants to keep Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park open.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montanans have gathered in at least four cities for rallies on the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, supporting equality and protesting sexual harassment and gun violence. Media reports and social media postings showed women's marches took place Saturday in Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula. Rallies were also planned in Bozeman, Browning and Helena. No crowd estimates were available.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in northern Idaho say two Montana men have been taken into custody following a road rage incident that included shots fired. Coeur d'Alene police tell the Coeur d'Alene Press that 20-year-old Kenneth C. Gieber of Polson and 25-year-old Shawn K. Tate of Missoula on Thursday were booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana prosecutors say child protection caseworkers are not following a state law that requires them to share the results of drug toxicology tests done on children in child abuse cases. The state health department says it is seeking clarification from a federal agency about whether it can release the results without a court order. Prosecutors say the results should be shared with them and law enforcement.
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