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Night sky over Logan Pass in Glacier National park.
National Park Service/Jacob W. Frank

Stargazers Win With Dark Skies Designation For Glacier-Waterton

Most visitors go to Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park for the vistas and wildlife watching they can do during the day, but today, the pair of parks were recognized together for their exceptionally dark night skies . Lee Rademaker says one of the best parts of his job is hearing people see the Milky Way for the first time.

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U.S. House Candidates Greg Gianforte (L) and Rob Quist (R).
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U.S. House Candidates Quist & Gianforte Debate Saturday

U.S. House candidates Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte will meet for their only debate Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. The one hour debate will be broadcast live on MTN television stations and streamed online . Montana Public Radio will replay the debate Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

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Evening Newscast 04-28-17

22 hours ago
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Legislature has ended the 2017 legislative session. The Senate adjourned this morning after waiting for the House to take action on an $80 million infrastructure package and a related rural water system bill.

Gov. Steve Bullock reacts to failure of bonding bill during a press conference at the Capitol, April 28, 2017.
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

The 2017 legislative session came to a chaotic end this morning. Democrats and Republicans fought until the final hour over funding long-term public works projects.

When the final gavel struck, Republicans leaders said they’re proud of their party’s unity and keeping government growth in check. Democrats also talked up their wins, but expressed frustration in being unable to accomplish their major goals.

The "Capitol Talk" crew discusses what did and didn't make it through the legislative session, with a focus on infrastructure and the state budget. On the House race, they discuss whether Quist's nudist colony gigs will impact the race, and break down the latest attack ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund. They also look at the recent Emerson poll showing Gianforte with a double digit lead. Listen now on this episode of "Capitol Talk."

The Spring Creek Mine near Decker, Montana
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Montana timber companies are happy that President Trump has slapped new import taxes on Canadian forest products, but backlash is hurting a coal company here.

On Wednesday the premier of British Columbia asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to retaliate against the timber tariffs by shutting down U.S. access to a seaport in Vancouver. That letter caused the stock price of Cloud Peak Energy to drop by 10 percent yesterday.

Night sky over Logan Pass in Glacier National park.
National Park Service/Jacob W. Frank

Most visitors go to Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park for the vistas and wildlife watching they can do during the day, but today, the pair of parks were recognized together for their exceptionally dark night skies.

Lee Rademaker says one of the best parts of his job is hearing people see the Milky Way for the first time.

U.S. House Candidates Greg Gianforte (L) and Rob Quist (R).
Corin Cates-Carney/Josh Burnham

U.S. House candidates Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte will meet for their only debate Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. The one hour debate will be broadcast live on MTN television stations and streamed online. Montana Public Radio will replay the debate Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Nate McConnell, Kiondra Bullock's attorney
Montana Legislature

The Montana Human Rights Bureau has found a Kalispell company retaliated against an African-American employee who complained about multiple racist remarks made in the workplace.

TeleTech Services Corp. is accused of mishandling complaints of racism made by former employee Kiondra Bullock.

Democratic candidate for U.S. House Rob Quist rallies supporters at the University of Montana Thursday, April 27.
Josh Burnham

Rob Quist has been rallying college students in Bozeman and Missoula this week.

The Democratic candidate for Montana’s U.S. House seat was in Bozeman Sunday and Wednesday, and Missoula Thursday. The spring semester at MSU ends May 5, and at UM, May 12, that’s well before in-person voting day in the special election which is May 25.

Montana Capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

Montana senators have started the clock on the final day of the legislative session, forcing a 24-hour limit on the political chess match over funding long-term construction projects in the state like water treatment plants, a state veterans home, and schools.

"We’re going to turn the hourglass over and say you got one more day. Let’s get it done,” said Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso.

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