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State asks court to uphold Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

State asks court to uphold Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

HELENA — The state of Montana asked a federal judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay and lesbian couples challenging Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

July 17, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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German family sues Whitefish Mountain Resort over death of skier

German family sues Whitefish Mountain Resort over death of skier

The German family of a 16-year-old exchange student who suffocated after falling into a tree well at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2010 has filed a federal lawsuit against the company’s owner, the company that arranged the student exchange and the boy’s host family.

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Susan Watters sworn in as new federal judge

Susan Watters sworn in as new federal judge

District Judge Susan Watters was confirmed Dec. 12 by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge. Watters becomes the first woman in Montana to be appointed as a U.S. district court judge. Read more: bit.ly/18UqXax

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Downtown post office turns 100

Downtown post office turns 100

The first woman through the front doors of the downtown post office in Billings on Tuesday breezed through the lobby so quickly she hardly noticed the giant sheet cake and ruby-red punch bowl framed by black balloons.

September 17, 2013 5:32 pm Video Photos

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Crow tribal official pleads guilty in bird trafficking case

A Crow tribal official has pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking in eagles and migratory bird parts.

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Gunshot victim pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Gunshot victim pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A man who was accused of having $10,000 worth of methamphetamine at his home in Lockwood pleaded guilty to two felony counts in U.S. District Court on Monday.

July 22, 2013 5:44 pm Photos

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Jury finds defendants guilty in Bakken oil scam

Jury finds defendants guilty in Bakken oil scam

The four remaining defendants in a Bakken oil leasing scam that duped unwitting investors across the country out of hundreds of thousands of dollars were found guilty on most charges on Wednesday by a Montana jury.

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Casper women plead no contest in Spice illness case

CASPER, Wyo. — Two Casper women pleaded no contest Tuesday to a Spice distribution conspiracy that authorities uncovered when four Wyoming people became ill last year.

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Bankruptcies

Billings-area bankruptcy petitions filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2012. Address are in Billings unless otherwise noted.

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Bankruptcy trustee drills into casino developer's bank box

Bankruptcy trustee drills into casino developer's bank box

Acting on a tip about hidden assets, a U.S. bankruptcy trustee in Billings drilled through the lock on a safe deposit box at Stockman Bank and found $77,250, including $36,000 in cash.

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Former Crow tribal employees arraigned in corruption case

Former Crow tribal employees arraigned in corruption case

In what was almost entirely a family affair, the former head of the Crow Tribe Historic Preservation Office and six others were charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Billings with defrauding the tribe of more than $500,000.

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Bankruptcies

Billings area bankruptcy petitions filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Sept. 1-30, 2012. Addresses are in Billings unless otherwise noted.

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Bankruptcies

Billings area bankruptcies filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court from Aug. 1-31, 2012. Addresses are in Billings unless otherwise noted.

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Rehberg signs brief challenging efforts to remove Whitefish Jesus statue

Rehberg signs brief challenging efforts to remove Whitefish Jesus statue

WHITEFISH – U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., offered up his latest vote of support for the Jesus statue on Big Mountain this week by becoming the lead signer on a legal brief that challenges an atheist group’s efforts to have the historic statue removed.

August 31, 2012 9:55 am Photos

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Bankruptcies

Billings area bankruptcy petitions filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, June 1-30, 2012. Addresses are in Billings unless otherwise noted.

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Casper spice suspect remains jailed

CASPER, Wyo. — A woman suspected of selling the synthetic marijuana that sickened a Casper teenager should remain jailed pending trial, a federal magistrate ruled Tuesday.

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Drug ring moved cocaine, ecstasy across border

Drug ring moved cocaine, ecstasy across border

GREAT FALLS — U.S. and Canadian authorities said Monday that a smuggling ring used the remote northern border to move more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine into Canada and 1.3 million tablets of the designer drug Ecstasy into the United States over more than two years.

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Laurel couple sues FEMA over flood claim

Laurel couple sues FEMA over flood claim

A Laurel couple whose house was damaged  first by Yellowstone River flooding last year and then by the ExxonMobil oil spill, is suing a federal agency over a flood insurance claim.

July 05, 2012 2:30 pm Photos

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Judge won’t block Montana law that forbids party endorsements in judicial races

HELENA — A federal judge Tuesday refused to block Montana’s law forbidding political parties from endorsing a nonpartisan judicial candidate, saying their involvement could transform judicial contests into partisan races.

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Groups seek to block forest thinning project

KALISPELL — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to halt pre-commercial thinning on 3,650 acres in the Flathead National Forest in western Montana.

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