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Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE — At least 760 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

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Care home owner fights red tape for 'thriving' resident

Care home owner fights red tape for 'thriving' resident

Cyndi Johnson has trouble believing that bureaucratic rules may force a Billings woman out of an assisted-living home and into a nursing home — at double the cost to taxpayers.

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2 patients at Montana State Hospital facing assault charges

ANACONDA — Two Montana State Hospital patients face felony aggravated assault charges for allegedly injuring female staff members in separate incidents from last year.

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Ruling to cost Montana State Hospital $30k

BUTTE -- Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs must pay $30,000 to an ex-patient after its staff barred the woman with physical disabilities from using her electric wheelchair.

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Birth control coverage ban ruled unconstitutional

Birth control coverage ban ruled unconstitutional

HELENA — A Helena district judge has declared unconstitutional the state’s ban on prescription birth control coverage for teenage girls covered under the state’s health insurance program for low-income people.

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USDA requires labeling of packaged ground meat

USDA requires labeling of packaged ground meat

There's no doubt shoppers want to know what's in their food, and at Good Earth Market, store manager Perry McNeese said food labels get read.

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Charges expected in hospital assault

WARM SPRINGS -- Felony aggravated assault charges are expected following an incident Tuesday at Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs where a female staff member was seriously injured in an attack.

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Montana starts issuing medical marijuana cards under new law

HELENA — Montana health officials have begun issuing new medical marijuana cards as part of the state's overhaul of its marijuana industry.

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Schweitzer eyes cutting Medicaid rates to providers by as much as 6%

HELENA — The Schweitzer administration is preparing to cut Medicaid payments to hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and other providers of medical and disability services to the poor by as much as 6 percent, according to provider-group representatives and other sources.

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MDC sex abuse case could grow

HELENA — Prosecutors this week asked to expand charges against a former Montana Developmental Center staffer, alleging he raped two mentally disabled female patients and tried to sexually assault a third at the state-run facility in Boulder.

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Staffers attacked at mental hospital

HELENA — Montana State Hospital officials are investigating an attack on staff members by three patients, including one who had just been transferred to the hospital from the state prison.

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