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University of Montana researchers working toward COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Montana are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Montana has become a leader in vaccine development, ever since a team led by Jay Evans joined UM in 2016, after pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline downsized its operations in Hamilton, and the research team moved to Missoula. Evans and his team at UM's Center for Translational Medicine began working on the vaccine a… Continue Reading


Daines talks reopening Montana, Washington relief

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., outlined the importance of a phased reopening of the Montana economy while discussing COVID-19 relief efforts on Capitol Hill during a virtual chat with the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning. Daines said the good news is that Montana has seen a steady decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases - with zero reported on Sunday and just four on Monday - but the bad news is the statewide shutdown has resulted in 75,000 unemployed Montanans. "We prepared for … Continue Reading


Montana adds 4 COVID-19 cases, total now 437 -- and 273 recoveries

Four new cases of coronavirus were reported in Montana on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 437. And of those, 273 cases have recovered and there have been 12 deaths due to the respiratory illness. The state reports at there are 14 who remain hospitalized out of 59 hospitalizations and 11,241 tests have been performed. That's an increase of 190 tests from Monday. Also on Tuesday, the governor said he was able to get more masks, shields and other protective gear for health c… Continue Reading


Town Hall talks COVID-19, reopening Montana with key players

BIG SKY - The fourth installment of EBS's virtual Town Hall meetings brought key voices to the weekly conversation, kicking off the evening with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. The state executive joined the meeting in between conversations with business leaders, public health experts and others to determine the best way to roll out a phased reopening anticipated to begin April 25, the day following the termination of the governor's stay-at-home directive. Bullock echoed statements he made in his o… Continue Reading


Montana senators optimistic about economic recovery

MISSOULA - Montana's senators are optimistic about how the state will rebound from the coronavirus shutdown. But they're also saying it will take a phased approach, geared to the different circumstances. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have had some differing viewpoints over how everyone is dealing with the pandemic. Tester has been more critical of the rollout of stimulus funds and assistance, while Daines is more praiseworthy of the efforts to help individuals and businesses. And while … Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure $480 Billion for Hospitals – Small Business

Montana Senator Steve Daines held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon from his office in Washington just after the U.S. Senate voted on more funding to provide help for Montanans struggling during the COVID 19 crisis. "Just literally minutes ago the U.S. Senate passed a very important package of over $480 billion of additional relief," he said. "This will be targeted in some key areas. There's $25 billion for testing, and Montana will be receiving over $16 million for developing, administer… Continue Reading


Senate approves $500 billion COVID-19 relief bill after bipartisan deal

(AP) - Congress has reached a tentative agreement with President Donald Trump on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill. The US Senate voted in favor of the bill on Tuesday with a small group of senators pushing the bill through in whats known as a "pro forma session." Sen. Rand Paul spoke up to say he objected to the bill being voted on without the full Senate, but stopped short of forcing the entire Senate to return to Washington. The bill now moves to the House. The measure would re… Continue Reading


Montana Ag Network (Mon Apr 20)

Lane Nordlund has the Montana Ag Network report for Monday, April 20, 2020. #1 Friday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide $19 Billion dollars to provide relief for farmers, ranchers, and consumers. "This new $19 Billion program will take several immediate actions to assists farmers, ranchers and concerns in response to the COVID-19 national emergency," Perdue stated during a White House COVID-19 press conference. North Dako… Continue Reading


Daines discusses re-opening Montana's economy in virtual town hall

Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., held a virtual town hall Friday to provide and update on the COVID-19 pandemic and what he's been doing to combat it, as well as hear from the public. "I want to hear your opinions and get your voices on these issues that are important during this pandemic and also to help you get answers about protecting your health, your safety, your finances, not just for yourself, but for your family, your friends, your loved ones," Daines said. Daines started with the latest dea… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana Meets Requirements to Begin Safely Reopening Economy

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Wake Up Montana Weekend live Saturday morning after being named to President Trump's bipartisan task force on safely reopening America. The senator tweeted out that he was honored to be selected by President Trump to serve on the historic task force to safely reopen America. Daines expressed that Montana has met the federal requirements to beginning phase one of safely reopening the economy, and that he looks forward to bringing the voice of Mon… Continue Reading


Daines announces $3.5 million for Montana law enforcement due to COVID-19

Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Saturday that nearly $3.5 million will be directed to the Montana Board of Crime Control. "This funding will play a critical role to ensure our law enforcement on the front lines have the resources they need to protect our communities during the coronavirus outbreak," Daines said in press release. The Department of Justice is providing the funding to ensure law enforcement across the country is prepared for any criminal activity that may occur follow… Continue Reading


Early rush for small business relief lowered demand in Montana as funds ran out

There are Montana businesses socked by the pandemic who are waiting on help from the now-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program, but the demand is thinning after a crush of early borrowing. There's a need for more than $100 million in loans to help Montana businesses keep workers on payroll, said Cary Hegreberg, Montana Bankers Association CEO. That estimate of remaining demand is a fraction compared to the $1.47 billion awarded to Montana businesses in the past two weeks. "These community bank… Continue Reading


WATCH: U.S. Senator Steve Daines live on Wake Up Montana

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Wake Up Montana Weekend live Saturday morning after being named to President Trump's bipartisan task force on safely reopening America.… Continue Reading


Montana COVID deaths climb to 8; Daines seeks funding for senior living facilities

Coronavirus claimed another Toole County resident on Thursday, bringing the number of deaths in Montana to eight while the number of cases across the state surpassed 415, including 35 in Missoula County. Toole County has a population of less than 5,000 people, though it accounts for half of the state's COVID-19 deaths. Missoula County has a population of 120,000 residents and has reported one death. "As we learn of the loss of another Montanan due to COVID-19, my heart aches for the community,… Continue Reading


Daines pleased to see business help from first round of stimulus funds

Sen. Steve Daines says it's been "nice for a change to see government move at the speed of business", with more than $1.4 billion flowing to Montana businesses to help with COVID-19 impacts. And he's confident Congress can reach agreement to provide another round of assistance, now that the original pot of money has been expended. New numbers from the Small Business Administration today show more than 13,456 loans have been approved for Montana businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program.… Continue Reading


Tavern's now qualify for COVID-19 aid

The members of Montana's congressional delegation have announced that most taverns have been added to businesses eligible for federal assistance in the COVID-19 pandemic. Several Montana taverns were not eligible because of the income they received from gaming machines, but the U.S. Small Business Administration has expanded eligibility for aid like the Paycheck Protection Program to include taverns that make one-third of their income from gambling will now qualify as long as the profit is less… Continue Reading


Daines chosen for White House Task Force on reopening country

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced he was chosen by President Trump to join a bipartisan White House Task Force to provide counsel to President Trump to safely reopen America in the wake of COVID-19. "I am honored to be selected by President Trump to serve on this historic task force to safely reopen America," Daines said. "We can prioritize our public health and our workers, families and small businesses. Let's get this done for Montana and America." One of Daines' top priorities durin… Continue Reading


Senators Seek Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses That Were Shut Out of Loan Program

As Congress stands at an impasse over how to replenish funds for a now-depleted small business loan program, Sens. Steve Daines and Cory Booker are pushing for the next round of coronavirus aid to allocate money that would enable local communities to assist very small firms. Mr. Daines (R., Mont.) and Mr. Booker (D., N.J.) are working to finalize a measure, outlined broadly in a letter they sent Thursday to Senate leadership, that would give $50 billion to cities, counties and states for crea… Continue Reading


Daines announces $31,412,577 in coronavirus care packages for Montana colleges and students

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Education will be directing $31,412,577 to Montana colleges and universities. $15,518,482 will go to providing direct emergency cash grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. "Montana college students have seen their lives and education disrupted bec… Continue Reading


Montana businesses receive $1.29 billion for payroll relief

In less than two weeks, Montana small businesses have received nearly $1.3 billion in federal aid to keep employees on payroll and out of unemployment. The U.S. Small Business Administration issued state-level numbers Tuesday, revealing that 10,372 Montana business had been approved for loans totaling $1.293 billion though Monday. All told, the SBA has spent $247.5 billion since the Paycheck Protection Program launched April 3. Congress had approved $349 billion at the end of March. It is now … Continue Reading

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