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Big bankruptcies top state news

HELENA - The bankruptcy filings of two prominent companies that emerged from the breakup of the former energy giant Montana Power Co. ranked as the top news story in Montana during 2003.

The bankruptcy liquidation of Butte-based Touch America, the telecommunications subsidiary of Montana Power, and the bankruptcy reorganization of the South Dakota-based NorthWestern Corp., which bought Montana Power's transmission and distribution system, were together voted the No. 1 news story by journalists at Associated Press member newspapers and broadcast stations in Montana.

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