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 By MATTHEW BROWN    Local    December 30, 2015

Bullock names former lawmaker as lieutenant governor

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday named a former state lawmaker from Helena as his third lieutenant governor in three years as Democrats sought to shore up the party's gubernatorial ticket ahead of the 2016 elections. Bullock...

 By MATTHEW BROWN    State News    January 23, 2015

Glendive gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river 

BILLINGS — Thousands of people in Glendive were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into a nearby river, and water in Williston, North Dakota, also was deemed...

 By Matthew Brown AP    State News    January 23, 2015

Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Glendive oil spill

ILLINGS — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply. The order comes after Bridger Pipeline... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN AP    State News    January 16, 2015

Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

BILLINGS — Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled about 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. The Bridger... Full story

 By Matthew brown AP    Local    December 18, 2014

Chippewa Cree paying up front for pipeline

GREAT FALLS (AP) — The Chippewa Cree Tribe is being required to pay up front for work on a $361 million water project after several tribal officials and companies were convicted on corruption charges related to the project, according to a federal... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    Local    December 8, 2014

Houle pleads guilty to charges

BILLINGS — A former Chippewa Cree tribal council member pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement, tax evasion and other federal charges as part of a wide-ranging investigation into corruption within the northern Montana tribe. John "Chance" Houle... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    Local    December 1, 2014

Houle, Colliflower agree to plea deals

BILLINGS (AP) — Two more defendants in a sweeping corruption investigation into Montana's Chippewa Cree tribe have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, according to court documents filed Monday. Former Chippewa Cree tribal council member... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN AP    State News    September 19, 2014

Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs

BILLINGS (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that Montana can meet the Obama administration's goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate the bulk of the state's... Full story

 By Lisa Baumann and Matthew Brown - Associated Press    State News    August 8, 2014

Walsh departure leaves Democrats scrambling

LISA BAUMANN MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press HELENA - Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh's abrupt... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN LISA BAUMANN    State News    August 4, 2014

US House candidates' energy plans reveal contrasts

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana's U.S. House candidates claim to offer "all-of-the-above" solutions to the nation's energy problems— a familiar mantra among politicians keen to give equal attention to fossil fuels and renewables such as wind and solar.... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    July 31, 2014

Malta-area prairie reserve tops 300,000 acres

BILLINGS (AP) — A private conservation reserve taking shape on north-central Montana's open prairie now spans more than 300,000 acres — or almost 470 square miles — with the addition of a large parcel south of Malta that was disclosed... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    June 24, 2014

APNewsBreak: Oil train info shows heavy traffic

BILLINGS (AP) — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast. The... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    June 20, 2014

Update: Republicans vote to have closed primary

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana Republicans resolved Saturday to close their primary elections to nonparty members and adopt a runoff system for the general election, following a fierce internal debate that underscores lingering divisions within the party... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    June 11, 2014

Defendants in Crow corruption case avoid prison

BILLINGS (AP) — The remaining defendants in a corruption scheme on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation have avoided prison, after a judge rejected the prosecution's claims of significant financial damages. Former Crow historic preservation director... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    June 2, 2014

Climate proposal calls for 21 percent cut in CO2

BILLINGS (AP) — A White House plan to address climate change by reducing carbon dioxide pollution would have a magnified impact in coal-rich Montana and consequences for both mining and electricity generation. Draft rules for power plants unveiled... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    May 23, 2014

Tester: fix 'dysfunctional' Indian health

BILLINGS — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee says he wants the Obama administration to address the "dysfunction" that is hobbling Native American health care and causing rising dissatisfaction over poor and delayed care on...

 By MATTHEW BROWN AP    State News    May 22, 2014

Sage grouse hunt in doubt as decline continues

BILLINGS (AP) - Montana is joining North Dakota and South Dakota as states that plan to curtail sage grouse hunting in response to a continued decline in the game bird's population. Montana wildlife... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    Local    May 20, 2014

Prosecutors won't seek death in oil patch killing

BILLINGS (AP) — Prosecutors say they no longer will pursue the death penalty against a Colorado man suspected of killing a teacher in eastern Montana's oil patch. Tuesday's move by Richland County Attorney Mike Weber comes after psychiatrists... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    May 16, 2014

Teacher in Montana rape case seeks new hearing

BILLINGS — A high school teacher who served one month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student is asking the Montana Supreme Court to reconsider a decision that could send him back to prison for at least two more years. The high court in April... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    Local    May 16, 2014

Judge: Oil patch slaying suspect fit for trial

BILLINGS (AP) — A judge says a mentally disabled Colorado man is fit to stand trial in the killing of a Montana teacher who disappeared after she went jogging in the Bakken oil patch. District Judge Richard Simonton in a Friday ruling cited... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    April 30, 2014

Ex-Billings teacher to be re-sentenced in rape case

BILLINGS — A former high school teacher who raped a 14-year-old student could be headed back to prison after the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that his original one-month sentence was too short under state sentencing laws. The court... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN    State News    April 25, 2014

Prosecutors: Crow defendants to keep most proceeds

BILLINGS (AP) — Defendants in a corruption case on a Montana American Indian reservation won't have to repay most of the money they received through a fraudulent billing scheme, federal prosecutors said Friday. Seven defendants pleaded guilty or... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN    State News    April 18, 2014

UPDATE: Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    April 17, 2014

Bullock proposes $45 million in oil patch grants

BILLINGS — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch. The proposal... Full story

 By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press    State News    April 16, 2014

Chief: Hand movements justified fatal shooting

BILLINGS (AP) — An unarmed robbery suspect moved his hands six times in defiance of an officer's orders before the officer fatally shot him during a traffic stop, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said Wednesday. St. John said the actions...


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