Monday, December 22, 2014
Helena Montana
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1. Montana Awarded $10 Million Grant for Preschools
HELENA — Montana was awarded a $10 million federal grant Wednesday to help develop preschool programs for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.
2. New regulations: Coal industry, critics differ on cost to Montana consumers
HELENA – In their fight against federal rules to cut carbon emissions, the coal industry and its allies are producing studies saying the rules mean big price increases for electricity consumers in Montana and elsewhere.
3. Local literature: A few exciting reads by Helena authors
“The Collotypes of L.A. Huffman -- Montana Frontier Photographer” by Gene & Bev Allen. Published by Riverbend Publishing.
4. Montana Unemployment Rate at 4.3 Percent
HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent in November. The rate is down 0.2 percentage points from October.
5. Daines: GOP-controlled Congress will have active agenda
HELENA – Montana’s next U.S. senator, Republican Steve Daines, says the new GOP-controlled Congress will have an active agenda next year, such as taking on “Obamacare,” passing a balanced budget, blocking costly federal regulations and approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
6. Kalispell, MT | Continuous News and Weather
HELENA - Montana's top health insurance provider is paying $1 million to resolve hundreds of complaints.
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HELENA - Montana's top health insurance provider is paying $1 million to resolve hundreds of complaints.
8. Bullock: Democrats can't 'unilaterally disarm' as Republicans raise big money
HELENA – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a vocal critic of corporate money in politics, now heads up the Democratic Governors Association, which raises millions in corporate dollars to help elect Democratic governors – but says that doesn’t make him a hypocrite.
9. Gianforte donates $500K for two-year college scholarships in Montana
HELENA -- Students who enroll in manufacturing and energy industry programs at two-year colleges in Montana will have up to $500,000 worth of scholarships available to them over the next two years thanks to a donation from the Gianforte Family Foundation.
10. State fines Blue Cross $1M over customer service
HELENA - Montana's top health insurance provider is facing a big fine from state authorities. State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen said Thursday Blue Cross has agreed to a $1 million fine to settle hundreds of customer service complaints.

Conditions for Helena, MT at 4:53 am MST

Current Conditions:
Fair, 38 F

Mon - Partly Cloudy. High: 36 Low: 20
Tue - Mostly Sunny. High: 34 Low: 28
Wed - Mostly Cloudy. High: 38 Low: 27
Thu - Snow. High: 29 Low: 15
Fri - Mostly Sunny. High: 27 Low: 13

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