Wednesday: Job Market Hope, Abortion Bills, Botched Butte Heist

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy April Fool’s Day. No tricks here.

On the Beacon today, Spring brings hope and hope springs eternal for those seeking work, thousands of whom attended a job fair in Kalispell last week. Hundreds turned out to celebrate the life of Trooper Mike Haynes in Kalispell yesterday – be sure to check out Lido’s powerful photos of the event. The Flathead Basin Commission and Flathead Lakers are joining up to prevent invasive mussel species from infecting Northwest Montana‘s waterways. Spring sports begin this week at the valley’s high schools, so get ready.

The governor’s budget director is calling for more stimulus money to be used for basic state services, while Republicans say they want to cut spending to maintain reserves and balance the budget. Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall want taxpayers to help pay for a $250-million project demonstrating how carbon sequestration would actually work. State Republican lawmakers blasted Democrats for stopping several anti-abortion bills from progressing, saying their Democratic colleagues in the statehouse are in the “big business of killing babies.” Three liens have been placed on the land planned as the site for the proposed Bitterroot Resort near Missoula.

And finally, a Butte man trying to rob a fast food restaurant over the weekend slipped in the parking lot while making his getaway and was knocked unconscious. So ends the budding career of one of the great criminal minds of our time, and no this was not a scene from a British sitcom. Have a great day.

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