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Superior deaths ruled murder-suicide; victims identified

SUPERIOR – State officials have released the names of the two Mineral County residents who died in an apparent murder-suicide earlier this week.

May 31, 2014 11:38 amLoading…

24/7 DUI-prevention program will continue in most of state, despite court order striking law

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}HELENA — Although a judge in Libby has struck down a law authorizing the “24/7” anti-drunken driving program in Montana, it will continue in two dozen other Montana counties while the ruling is appealed, Attorney General Tim Fox’s office said Thursday.

February 13, 2014 8:51 pm Related Loading…

State to appeal judge's ruling on 24/7 DUI program

HELENA — The state is appealing a ruling by a northwestern Montana judge who said fees charged for the state's 24/7 Sobriety Program amount to pretrial punishment.

February 13, 2014 11:07 am
Determined veteran’s widow gets benefit, refund

Determined veteran’s widow gets benefit, refund

It took the help of a local lawmaker and an opinion from the attorney general’s office, but a Billings woman has been issued the disabled veteran plates she is entitled to by law.

November 18, 2013 12:30 am Photos



Officers shoot, wound Anaconda man

HELENA — Montana Department of Justice officials say law-enforcement officers shot and wounded a 46-year-old Anaconda man who attempted to run them over in his car.

September 30, 2013 4:05 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Too many pills; Montana must stop painkiller abuse

Last month, 240,000 prescriptions for painkillers were added to the confidential statewide prescription drug registry.

June 16, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

5 Montana reservations don't report DUIs to state

HELENA — Five of Montana’s seven American Indian reservations don’t report drunken-driving convictions to the state, and county prosecutors say the information void poses a safety risk for both repeat offenders and other drivers.

June 07, 2013 4:08 pmLoading…
Barry Beach attorney asks Supreme Court to reconsider ruling

Barry Beach attorney asks Supreme Court to reconsider ruling

HELENA — The attorney for Barry Beach is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to put the man convicted of murdering his classmate in 1979 back in prison after 1 ½ years of freedom.

May 30, 2013 5:57 am Related Loading…
Man killed in Great Falls firefight with law officers identified

Man killed in Great Falls firefight with law officers identified

GREAT FALLS — A 29-year-old man killed by law enforcement officers at a Great Falls home first fired on the officers through a closed door, then again while he was trying to flee, state officials leading an investigation into the shooting said Thursday.

May 09, 2013 6:24 pm Related Loading…

Immigrants come forward to challenge Montana law

HELENA — Eight men who entered the U.S. illegally but have since become permanent residents say a new Montana law wrongly puts them at risk of being denied services and treats them as second-class people.

March 21, 2013 5:07 pmLoading…
House committee rejects, tables 4 medical-pot bills

House committee rejects, tables 4 medical-pot bills

HELENA — In short order, a House committee on Friday rejected and then tabled four bills intended to fix parts of the 2011 medical-marijuana law that a district judge has temporarily blocked.

February 15, 2013 6:45 pmLoading…

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