Feb 22, 2013 8:55 PM by KRTV

KRTV Evening Top Stories - Fri Feb 22

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

- Kuebler: Kaleb Kuebler, the Great Falls teen accused of raping and beating an 11-year old girl in October, was in court on Friday morning and waived his right to a transfer hearing, meaning that he will be tried in District Court as an adult instead of in juvenile court. Judge Greg Pinski asked Kuebler multiple times if he was sure he wanted to proceed in this fashion, and Kuebler insisted.

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

- 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.

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

- Glacier: Glacier National Park is used to weather delays when it comes to opening their most popular areas, but this year, it's expected delays could have more to do with money than climate. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees says there is talk of postponing the opening date on the Going To The Sun road this summer. Park officials hope that Congress will be able to stave off big cuts, but they are looking at all options should they have to be made.

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    Suspended UM quarterback Jordan Johnson
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    US Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT)
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