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COVID-19, 2020 UPDATE, Thursday PM, April 2 Two popular Montana events cancelled today, plus a look at the spread of the virus around the region, and just because we're down, but not out, a meme of the day.
BY THE NUMBERS: Montana: 241 confirmed cases (24 new in last 24 hours) 22 Counties: Gallatin: 93, Yellowstone: 35, Flathead:18, Missoula: 17, Lewis & Clark: 13 Total Tested: 5426 Hospitalized: 24 Death: 5
NEWS NOTES: Two popular Montana events were cancelled today, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its dramatic social and economic fallout. The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, an event that would have celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2020 was cancelled, along with the Red Ants Pants music festival in White Sulphur Springs. A benefit supporting rural families and women’s leadership programs, the RAP festival has been attracting large crowds since 2011.
The governor's office issued a directive today, at the request of Attorney General Tim Fox, to temporarily suspend certain requirements for online driver license renewal and extending deadlines for vehicle registration. Some key points to remember: • Citizens needing a driver’s license renewal will be allowed to self-certify their ability to drive instead of requiring forms signed by medical and vision professionals. • Online and mail-in renewals will be good for a maximum of two years and will be offered for the duration of the declared state-of-emergency. • All Montana-issued Class D driver licenses that expired on March 1, 2020 until May 30, 2020, remain valid for an additional 90 days after their expiration date. • Commercial driver licenses and medical cards will be given an extension until 6/30/2020 if the card expired on March 1, 2020 or later. • Class D driving tests have been suspended until at least 4/18/2020. • To help with social distancing, customers in our driver license station waiting areas will be limited.
MEME of the Day: Single man w/ TP seeks single woman w/ hand sanitizer for good clean fun. ... See MoreSee Less
PODCAST: 28 minutes As the people's branch of government, what responsibilities fall upon the Montana state legislature during this time of crisis? How are the state's utilities responding, and what does the public need to know about directives from the governor that affect their utility bills? Also, though they are expecting a tremendous economic impact, several Montana manufacturers are pooling resources to collaboratively produce critical products that have been found in short supply.
Montana Senate President Scott Sales will join us to discuss the state legislature’s role in the pandemic; Montana Electric Cooperatives' AssociationCEO Gary Wiens on the governor’s latest directive for utility providers; and Paddy Fleming, Director of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center on the collaboration between Montana companies that are pooling resources to produce items of critical need. ... See MoreSee Less
As the people's branch of government, what responsibilities fall upon the Montana state legislature during this time of crisis? How are the state's utilities responding, and what does the public ... Click to Listen
What do you know about the adjustments made to your health insurance that will help you get through the COVID-19 pandemic? There are expansions of tele-medicine coverage, as well as ... Click to Listen
Montana's legislative leaders have been in discussions over the state's resources and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Voices Monday, Rep. Nancy Ballance, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and ... Click to Listen
Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte's check-in with Voices today focused on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the podcast to hear more about discussions Gianforte is having with the ... Click to Listen
The implementation of Good Neighbor Authority rules could lead to a resurgence in the Montana timber industry. That's good news for the economy and good news for our forests. Taylor ... Click to Listen
The proposed Black Butte Copper mine took a step forward this past week as two Montana environmental agencies released important documents relating to the mine's permit application. One is the ... Click to Listen
Are hospitals prepared for the pandemic in America? Will closures and social distancing make a difference in limiting the coronavirus outbreak? Those are just a couple of the issues discussed ... Click to Listen
Billings native and Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion is running for his boss's job! Current Attorney General Tim Fox, as you probably know, is term-limited from that position, and ... Click to Listen
Veteran Montana legislators Scott Sales (Senate President, SD 35, and Secretary of State candidate) and Duane Ankney (SD 20) recently stopped in to the studios to weigh-in on news items ... Click to Listen
The Governor recently issued a stay at home order asking people to only leave home for essential reasons. People are ordered to maintain social distancing and avoid crowds. Butte police have received reports some people are ignoring this and are prepared to cite those violating the order because if someone …
Senator Jon Tester today urged the Federal Communications Commission to quickly approve $200 million for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program as appropriated by the CARES Act and to launch the Connected Care pilot program. The five FCC commissioners will consider the proposal in the coming days.
Over the past few weeks Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton has had visitor restrictions in place but now a no-visitor policy has been implemented and no visitors can currently access the facilities. For people getting picked up from the hospital an employee will assist in transporting patients to their …
Governor Steve Bullock issued an order March 25th allowing all of the state’s 56 counties to approve an all-mail primary for the upcoming June 2nd election to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at polling stations across the state. Several counties have done so and today is the deadline …
The Red Ants Pants Music Festival will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer would have marked the 10th festival which is now scheduled for July 22nd through the 25th 2021. (Sounder) I’m Brian Bennett Northern News Network.