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Officials: Grizzly Bear Killed Woman Near Yellowstone

Hiker found body on trail Saturday morning

(Newser) - A lone hiker was killed near Yellowstone National Park in what authorities believe was a grizzly bear attack, though they have been unable to locate the bear. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department said Monday that the woman's body was found by a hiker Saturday morning on the...

This Is the Most Patriotic State in America

Virginia is for lovers (of the US), per WalletHub, while Arkansas needs to muster up more affection

(Newser) - It's the biggest holiday of the American summer, and flags are waving. As Americans light their grills and prepare to watch the Fourth's fireworks, WalletHub susses out which states are the most patriotic. To figure out where citizens are most likely to be decked out in their red,...

Freight Cars Fall Into River as Bridge Collapses

Petroleum products are leaking, Montana officials say

(Newser) - A bridge that crosses Yellowstone River in Montana collapsed Saturday morning, causing portions of a freight train that was traveling over it to fall into the water below. No crew members were injured, KSVI reports. Numerous tank cars were partially submerged in the river, and railroad crews were at the...

Youth Take On Montana: You're Destroying Our Future

Environmentalists say state broke vow to provide a healthy environment through embrace of fossil fuels

(Newser) - Sixteen young people say the state of Montana is destroying their future through its embrace of fossil fuels as part of a landmark climate trial now underway in Helena. The plaintiffs, ages 5 to 22, argue the state is violating its own constitution, which has declared since 1972 that "...

Hours After First State Bans TikTok, It Gets Sued

Lawsuit filed against Montana after it tries to entirely ban the social media app

(Newser) - Five TikTok content creators wasted no time filing a lawsuit challenging Montana's first-in-the-nation TikTok ban ; their complaint was filed Wednesday night, hours after Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the law, which goes way beyond a prohibiting TikTok on government devices. The Montana ban aims to prohibit the Chinese-owned app...

This Could Be the First US State to Ban TikTok
State OKs Total TikTok Ban

State OKs Total TikTok Ban

ACLU calls Montana law unconstitutional

(Newser) - The nation's first complete ban on TikTok has been approved in Montana. Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, signed the legislation on Wednesday, possibly kicking off a court battle that could not only decide whether Montana's law ever takes effect, but also the future of similar federal legislation, the...

In a First, Judge Orders Trial in Young People's Climate Lawsuit

State constitution requires preserving 'a clean and healthful environment'

(Newser) - A Montana judge on Friday said a climate change lawsuit from young people challenging the state's pro-fossil fuel policies will proceed to trial despite efforts by the state to derail the case. The upcoming trial in Helena would be the first of its kind in the US, according to...

Judge Rejects Trans Lawmaker's Bid to Return to State House

Montana's Zooey Zephyr had alleged a violation of her First Amendment rights

(Newser) - A judge on Tuesday rejected Montana state Rep. Zooey Zephyr's attempt to be allowed back onto the House floor, CNN reports. Zephyr, who is trans, had sued in an effort to get court intervention after she was censured and barred from the floor last month, and she says she'...

Governor Signs Anti-Trans Bills Despite Lobbying by His Son

Montana Greg Gianforte makes no public comment on new law

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday signed into law bills restricting transition care for transgender minors in Montana over the pleas of, among others, his son. The governor made no public comment about the legislation, but his spokeswoman emailed the New York Times that "he is committed to protecting Montana'...

Republicans Bar Montana Trans Lawmaker From House Floor

Zooey Zephyr barred from floor for rest of current legislative session

(Newser) - Montana Republicans barred transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr from the House floor for the rest of the 2023 session on Wednesday in retaliation for her rebuking colleagues—and then participating in protests—after they voted to ban gender-affirming care for children. The freshman lawmaker's punishment marks the first time that...

Rep Who Spoke Up for Trans Rights Faces Expulsion

GOP has frozen Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr from speaking after 'blood on their hands' remark

(Newser) - Montana Republican leaders will vote Wednesday on censuring or expelling lawmaker Zooey Zephyr, a transgender state representative who's been silenced in the House since last week after telling colleagues that if they voted for a bill to ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender children, they'd "have blood...

As Trans Rep Is Silenced in Montana, Chaos Erupts

Law enforcement clears House gallery, arrest 7 supporters of Rep. Zooey Zephyr

(Newser) - The decision by Republican leadership to silence a transgender lawmaker in Montana who urged colleagues to reject amendments to a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors has resulted in chaos in the state Capitol. Seven people were arrested Monday for interrupting proceedings to support Rep. Zooey Zephyr, who'd argued...

Train Derails in Montana
Latest Train Derailment
Spilled a Lot of Beer

Latest Train Derailment Spilled a Lot of Beer

Cars in Montana derailment were reportedly carrying Coors Light, Blue Moon

(Newser) - About 25 train cars derailed Sunday in northwestern Montana, with no injuries or evacuations reported, reports the AP . The reason for the lack of evacuations, per USA Today : The cars were either empty or carrying beer, specifically Coors Light and Blue Moon. The cars derailed near the town of Paradise...

Community Rallies to Save Horses Who Fell in Icy Pond

4 horses pulled out of frigid waters after 3-hour rescue effort in Montana

(Newser) - Four horse siblings are doing A-OK after a terrifying ordeal earlier this month on a partially frozen Montana pond. The Washington Post reports that the incident took place Dec. 5 on the 80-acre Artemis Acres ranch in Kalispell, on a day with temperatures hovering in the teens. Ranch manager Alexis...

She Boasted About Killing a Wolf. It Was a Husky

Montana woman shared photos of herself posing with dead, skinned dog

(Newser) - A Montana woman who boasted on Facebook about killing a wolf pup was told by outraged readers that she had actually killed a dog. "So this morning I set out for a solo predator hunt for a fall black bear. However, I got the opportunity to take another predator...

Report Makes Disturbing Find on Grizzly Attack

Leah Lokan died instantly of broken neck, severed spine in rare predatory attack

(Newser) - A woman fatally mauled in Montana last summer was the victim of a rare predatory attack by a grizzly bear that had learned to seek out human food, according to a new report. Leah Davis Lokan of Chico, Calif., was participating in a long-distance bike trip when she stopped to...

High Winds, Mass of Dust, Then a 21-Vehicle Crash

6 are dead after dust storm Friday on Montana interstate

(Newser) - Six people have died after a dust storm fueled by wind gusts topping 60mph caused a pileup Friday evening on Interstate 90 in Montana, authorities said. Twenty-one vehicles crashed, and Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jay Nelson said authorities believe the weather was the cause. "It appears as though there...

Panel Rejects Logo as Too Close to Pride Flag

Montana commission chair is among those who don't see much resemblance

(Newser) - The commission that oversees the Montana State Library has rejected a proposed new logo after a member said the main feature—a prism—brought to mind the rainbow LGBTQ pride flag, something she suggested would set off a political firestorm. Two commissioners and the state librarian are meeting again this...

Love Beer? This Is the State for You

Vermont is a 'true beer lover's paradise,' according to VinePair

(Newser) - Previous evaluations from Beer Connoisseur and Groupon named California the best state in the country when it comes to beer. Not even close, according to VinePair , which finds America's "true beer lover's paradise" is just about as far from California as you can get while remaining in...

As Floods Devastate Yellowstone, Montana Governor Is AWOL

Greg Gianforte was on a 'long-scheduled personal trip'

(Newser) - Yellowstone and other areas in Montana have been devastated by recent floods , while the governor of the state has been conspicuously absent. Amid a slew of criticism, Gov. Greg Gianforte's office said he was returning home Thursday night from a "long-scheduled personal trip" out of the country, which...

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