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Coronavirus Chill Hits Montana Newspapers

BY ERIC DIETRICH HELENA — As the most consequential news story in a generation burns its way across Montana, newspapers large and small are feeling the coronavirus outbreak’s economic chill. As of April 1, every large daily publication in the state is facing newsroom furloughs intended to help their companies survive the crisis, according to official announcements and internal emails…

What The $2 Trillion Federal Stimulus Bill Means For Montana

BY ERIC DIETRICH HELENA — Four days after President Donald Trump signed the largest emergency spending measure in U.S. history, the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Montana-based stimulus watchers are waiting with bated breath for details about how the act will bring aid to bear on the state economy. While the CARES Act responds to the COVID-19…

Bullock Directs Travelers To Self-Quarantine

BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER All travelers entering or returning to the state of Montana should self-quarantine, according to a directive issued by Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday, March 30. The directive applies to residents and non-residents entering Montana from another state or country for non-work-related purposes. The self-quarantine should last for 14 days or the duration of the trip, whichever is…

Montana Supreme Court Bars Law Enforcement From Arresting Undocumented Immigrants For Federal Deportation

BY HUNTER PAULI HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has banned Montana law enforcement officers from arresting undocumented immigrants on federal civil immigration violations after a Eureka man sued the Lincoln County sheriff for denying him the right to bail himself out of jail. The ruling came Monday in an opinion written by Chief Justice Mike McGrath that overturned a district court…

Bulllock Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order As COVID Cases Grow To 90

BY MARTIN KIDSTON As the number of new coronavirus cases in Montana climbed to 90 on Thursday, Gov. Steve Bullock issued a statewide stay-at-home order to ensure hospitals and intensive care units aren’t overrun, and to slow the spread of the virus. With the number of cases growing quickly and pressure mounting on frontline workers, Bullock said the order was…

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