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 By HELENA AP    State News

Man challenges speech protection for lawmakers

A feud between two neighbors that spilled onto the floor of the Montana House is now headed to the Supreme Court. Robert F. Cooper's lawsuit against Republican Rep. Bill Glaser of Huntley says Glaser called him a "kook" who had...

 By HELENA AP    Local

Judge won't step down in Beach evidence case

A judge who denied convicted murderer Barry Beach's petition for a hearing on what Beach calls new evidence in the case said he won't assign a new judge to the case. Beach, who is serving 100 years in prison for the 1979 murder of...

 By HELENA AP    Local

Regents still looking for ways to trim budget

The state Board of Regents is still searching for ways to trim the university system budget, but Chairman Stephen Barrett said tuition increases aren't being considered. "To no one's surprise here, it's going to be a more tight...

 By HELENA AP    Local

State parks report record 2 million visits

Montana's 54 state parks reported a record 2 million visits in 2009. State Parks Administrator Chas Van Genderen said water-based parks were the most popular, with more than a million visits, up 15 percent from 2008. Parks along...

 By HELENA AP    Local

Governor seeking proposals for budget cuts

Gov. Brian Schweitzer is asking state agency directors to prepare contingency plans for cuts of up to 5 percent by the end of the month because the state government budget is getting tight. He also told them Friday that they may...

 By HELENA AP    Local

Fourteen governor

Fourteen employees in the governor's budget office recently received pay raises, even as most state employees are in the midst of a two-year pay freeze. The budget director said he isn't filling a job. He reassigned that person's...


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