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 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    Breaking News    July 29, 2014

Defense Department to oversee plagiarism probe

HELENA — The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college's provost said Tuesday. Defense Department... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    June 27, 2014

Judge Baugh: Suspension over remarks unwarranted

HELENA (AP) — A judge facing suspension for saying a 14-year-old rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" says he believes the penalty isn't warranted. Judge G. Todd Baugh (baw) of Billings proposed Friday in a written response to... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    June 17, 2014

NorthWestern gets OK for 6.4 percent rate hike

HELENA — Montana utility regulators on Tuesday approved a NorthWestern Energy request to boost electricity rates by 6.44 percent starting July 1 so the company can recover $32 million in underestimated supply costs. Public Service Commission... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    June 17, 2014

Panel drops plan to hire consultant on EPA rules

HELENA (AP) — Montana utility regulators dropped a proposal Tuesday to spend $3,000 to hire a former University of Montana law professor known for his conservative views to point out any constitutional problems with proposed federal regulations to... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    Breaking News    June 11, 2014

Parole board rejects Barry Beach's clemency bid

HELENA (AP) — Montana's parole board on Wednesday rejected a clemency application from Barry Beach, meaning he will continue to serve a 100-year prison sentence for the 1979 slaying of a high-school classmate on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    Breaking News    June 3, 2014

Sen. John Walsh vs. Rep. Steve Daines in November

HELENA — Montana voters set the stage Tuesday for a November election that will determine whether a U.S. Senate seat that has been in Democratic hands for a century will stay there after the resignation of six-term Sen. Max Baucus. U.S. Rep. Steve... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    May 16, 2014

State senator released after Blackfeet arrest

HELENA — Tribal law-enforcement officers Friday arrested a state senator and Blackfeet leader accused of not complying with the terms of a plea agreement for drunken driving, a charge he has called false and politically motivated. Sen. Shannon... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    Breaking News    May 16, 2014

Frustration grows over $3.4B settlement delay

HELENA — Laura Juarez is supposed to receive close to $1,200 as her share of a $3.4 billion settlement among hundreds of thousands of Native Americans whose land-trust royalties were mismanaged by the government for more than a century. The... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    April 29, 2014

Parole board reviews Beach's clemency request

DEER LODGE - Montana's parole board has the chance to correct a mistake made when Barry Beach was sentenced to 100 years in prison without parole in the 1979 beating death of a high school classmate,... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    April 22, 2014

Nuns ask to bring diocese back to Montana court

HELENA — An order of nuns facing child sex abuse lawsuits wants to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena back into state court, saying the diocese should have to pay part of any judgment against the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province.... Full story

 By MATT VOLZ Associated Press    State News    April 17, 2014

Court rejects attempt to alter initiative wording

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an attempt by opponents of Medicaid expansion and Attorney General Tim Fox to rewrite the language of a proposed ballot initiative and void all the signed petitions that backers have gathered... Full story

 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 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 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 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


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