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 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    April 1, 2014

Commissioner: Senate leader broke campaign laws

HELENA — The Montana commissioner of political practices said Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich broke state campaign laws by coordinating with and failing to report contributions from a conservative group during his 2010 primary...

 By MATT VOLZ    State News    March 21, 2014

Nuns ask judge to keep lawsuit stay in place

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An order of nuns being sued by people who claim they were sexually abused as children at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius is asking a federal judge to delay the proceedings while the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is in... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    March 14, 2014

Author Jon Krakauer seeks football rape case info

HELENA (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer is asking a judge to order the release of records in the 2012 rape case against University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson. Krakauer attorney Mike Meloy says in a petition filed Feb. 12 that the "Into the... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ AP    State News    March 7, 2014

State releases call made before Sen. Priest's arrest

HELENA - State Sen. Jason Priest's estranged wife feared her husband's anger would turn to violence when she picked up their young daughter last month, prompting her boyfriend to call for police assistance, according to a recording of the call... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    March 5, 2014

Groups allege illegal coordination by Zinke

HELENA — Two Washington, D.C.-based advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing a U.S. House candidate in Montana of illegally coordinating with the political-action committee he created. The Campaign Legal...

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    March 4, 2014

Attorney submits US Senate vacancy initiative

HELENA (AP) — A Helena attorney submitted a ballot initiative proposal Tuesday that would change Montana law to take away the governor's power to fill U.S. Senate vacancies and instead require special elections. The process was in the spotlight... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    February 21, 2014

Group seeks to make it harder to substitute judges

HELENA — The Montana Judges Association wants to make it more difficult for people with cases before district courts to substitute one judge for another simply by filing a statement that they believe the judge would not be fair or impartial. The... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    February 14, 2014

Governor says Senate pick was his decision alone

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid it was "none of your damn business" who the Democratic governor appointed to fill Montana's vacant U.S. Senate seat.... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    February 14, 2014

Zinke reaps benefits of super PAC he founded

HELENA — A U.S. House candidate in Montana is benefiting from a political action committee he created, leading at least one opponent and some experts to question the legality of the peculiar arrangement. Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL who is... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    February 13, 2014

Montana urged to boost background check reporting

HELENA (AP) — The father of a victim in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings urged Montana lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation requiring the state to turn over records that would help prevent the mentally ill from buying guns. A panel of lawmakers... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    February 5, 2014

Montana Supreme Court allows voter registration referendum

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court says a legislative referendum to end Election-Day voter registration can go on the 2014 ballot. But the justices ruled in a 5-1 decision Wednesday the attorney general's office must first revise the ballot... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    February 3, 2014

Senate president to ask Jason Priest to 'step back'

HELENA (AP) - Montana Senate President Jeff Essmann says he will ask a state senator to step back from his legislative duties after being arrested on allegations of pushing his wife. Republican Sen.... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    January 31, 2014

Helena Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy protection

HELENA (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena planned to file for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    January 20, 2014

ACLU: Untested drugs dangerous in executions

HELENA (AP) — A long execution in Ohio that left the condemned inmate gasping and snorting illustrates the dangers of using untested drug combinations in lethal injections, said a civil-rights group suing Montana over its execution method. Montana... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    Breaking News    January 17, 2014

Judge Cebull sent hundreds of bigoted emails

HELENA, Mont — A former Montana judge who was investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of a judicial review... Full story

 By Matt Volz - Associated Press    State News    January 14, 2014

13,000 Montanans sign up through federal health site

HELENA — The number of Montanans who signed up for health coverage through the online marketplace that is a key part of President Barack Obama's health overhaul increased nearly tenfold in December, according to new federal health data released... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    January 10, 2014

Montana high court reverses open-government ruling

HELENA nt. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has reversed an earlier ruling that made it difficult for individuals to file legal challenges against government agencies that ignore Montana's open meetings and open records laws. The 6-0 ruling Thursday... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    January 10, 2014

Sentencing set in Blackfeet embezzlement scheme

HELENA (AP) — Prosecutors are recommending no prison time for a Blackfeet woman who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud and embezzle from a federally funded program for troubled youth on the northwestern Montana Indian... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    December 27, 2013

Prosecutors oppose letting off ex-pot lobbyist

HELENA (AP) — Federal prosecutors oppose a former medical marijuana lobbyist's request to be removed from probation so he can tend to his sick mother without restrictions. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thaggard said Thursday in response to Tom...

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    December 27, 2013

Business equipment tax reduction among new laws

HELENA — An estimated 17,000 small businesses in Montana will be exempt from paying the state's business equipment tax under a new law that takes effect on Wednesday. The reduction in the business equipment tax is one of a handful of bills passed... Full story

 By Matt Volz - Associated Press    State News    December 26, 2013

Baucus' retirement top Mont. story of 2013

HELENA - U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' surprise announcement that he will not seek a seventh term in 2014 was Montana's top news story of 2013, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of state... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    December 20, 2013

Leaders laud Baucus, avoid queries on replacement

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock joined other Montana political leaders Friday in lauding Max Baucus' 35-year career in the U.S. Senate, but the Democratic governor deflected questions on a possible replacement if Baucus is confirmed as the next... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    December 16, 2013

Judges from state court to join federal bench

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two judges will be sworn in to the federal bench, easing a shortage on the U.S. District Court of Montana but leaving vacancies in the state's busiest and highest courts that will take at least three months to fill. Montana... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    December 16, 2013

Study: Yellowstone magma much bigger than thought

HELENA (AP) — The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    December 9, 2013

Update: Trial begins in Montana newlywed killing case

MISSOULA (AP) — Cody Johnson was head over heels for his new wife, but Jordan Graham was having serious doubts that came to a head when Johnson fell to his death during an argument on a steep cliff in Glacier National Park, prosecutors said... Full story


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