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Montana seeks to keep feral pigs from Canada at bay

Nov. 18, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Montana are marshaling their resources and enlisting the public’s help to keep encroaching feral hogs from Canada at bay with a program called “Squeal on Pigs.” The campaign to prevent wild hogs from going hog wild in Montana was outlined at a...

Natural gas explosion at house burns 2 Billings residents

Nov. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in Billings damaged a house and sent a man and a woman to the hospital with severe burns. Deputy fire marshal Jeff McCullough says the blast at 12:30 a.m. Monday was caused by a natural gas leak. The cause of the leak is under investigation. The department did...

35% fine on having dangerous drugs ruled unconstitutional

Nov. 18, 2019 10:18 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mandatory 35% fine that’s been on the books for certain drug cases since 1995 has been ruled unconstitutional by the Montana Supreme Court. The Billings Gazette reports that the ruling last week came in a 2016 case out of Dawson County in which one person was fined $75,600...

Colstrip owner pushes closure past Christmas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The owner of two Colstrip Power Plant units earlier slated for December closure will continue to operate into January. The Billings Gazette reports that Talen Energy reported this past week that post-shutdown work will likely delay job cuts into mid-2020. The company says postponing...

Montana regulator: Not publicizing rate hike was error

Nov. 15, 2019 3:12 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The head of Montana’s Public Service Commission says he didn’t intentionally hide from the public the panel’s approval of a $6.5 million rate hike for NorthWestern Energy customers. The Billings Gazette reports Friday that chairman Brad Johnson said it was an...

Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Fireman rescues black Labrador dog from icy Montana lake

Nov. 14, 2019 6:01 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana firefighter rescued a black Labrador dog from an icy lake in Billings. The Billings Gazette reports a man was walking his dog around Lake Elmo on Thursday morning when he heard and then saw the distressed dog in the water and called 911. Christian Giardot of Billings says...

Advocates seek more voter access on Montana reservations

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Activists in Montana say satellite election offices have increased voter access on Indian reservations across the state but should be expanded. The Billings Gazette reports that the temporary offices operate during the month leading up to the primary and general elections providing...

Former women’s prison guard charged with sex with inmate

Nov. 14, 2019 12:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former correctional officer at the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings has been arrested in Texas on charges that he had sex with an inmate. The Billings Gazette reports an investigation began after video footage showed 38-year-old Allen Hagstrom and an inmate leave together...

Education officials revoke license of teacher who hid gun

Nov. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana education officials have revoked the teaching license of a former Hardin art teacher who hid a gun that a student brought to school and then lied to investigators by saying she found it while cleaning her classroom. Nora Block was arrested in January 2018, was later fired and...