Feb 22, 2013 7:50 PM by KXLH

KXLH Evening Top Stories - Fri Feb 22

Top stories on KXLH for the evening of Friday, February 22, 2013.

- Education Funding: A proposal to modify K-12 public education funding in Montana passed its second reading in the Montana Senate on Friday in a 33-16 vote.

- Property Taxes: Lawmakers are grappling with two different property tax proposals, both of which put money back into the hands of Montana taxpayers. Governor Bullock (D) campaigned on the issue of property tax relief and now his office is asking the House Taxation committee to endorse his proposal. The bill would use $100 million of the state's surplus to give every homeowner in Montana a one-time $400 check. Republicans call it a one-time gimmick and are calling for long-term property tax relief.

- Scanner: Helena Regional Airport's full-body scanner is staying put - at least for now. Airport director Ron Mercer sent a letter advising the Transportation Security Administration they would not be allowed to remove the scanner without reasonable notice and intended action. Movers showed up Thursday night to pack up the scanner, but were told to go away under due to Montana law. Mercer says because it's bolted to the floor, it is considered a fixture. The future of the machine is now in the hands of the legal process.

- Daines: U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) toured military facilities at Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard.

- Johnson Trial: The rape trial of former UM quarterback Jordan Johnson continues in Missoula.

- Shelter: God's Love Shelter in Helena has seen a big increase in the number of women utilizing services.

- Townsend: Residents and businesses are putting their best efforts forward to keep their community hospital afloat. The Broadwater Health Center has had financial troubles since last summer when its nursing home was closed by the state Department of Public Health & Human Services. While the center reopened in November, it still has financial commitments to address. The Broadwater Health Center Auxiliary and Townsend Rotary have organized a two-day event this weekend at the county fairgrounds, which will include a bake sale, chili feed, silent auction, music and a dance. Click here for more information.

- Tax Time: A team of AmeriCorps volunteers are in Helena for the next few months to help people prepare and file their taxes. The free tax help is offered Mondays and Thursdays on a first come, first serve basis. They're located at the Good Samaritan Thrift Store and available for anyone making less than $49,000 per year.

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    Jordan Johnson
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    At the God's Love Shelter
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