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Judge: Arco partly responsible for aluminum plant cleanup

Oct. 20, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Atlantic Richfield Co. is partially responsible for millions of dollars in cleanup costs at the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant that it sold more than 35 years ago. Arco owned the aluminum smelting...

State appeals decision to block Montana's new abortion laws

Oct. 20, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Attorney General is appealing in the state Supreme Court against a decision by a district court judge to block several laws restricting abortion access while a legal challenge is underway. Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen filed...

Montana reaches deal in Colstrip coal ash cleanup dispute

Oct. 20, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has reached a settlement with a coal plant operator that gives the company two years to come up with an alternative plan to clean up water polluted with coal ash. Ponds meant to contain the toxic ash from the Colstrip power...

Two Montanas? New maps highlight state's split personality

Oct. 20, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country: Divide the expansive state in half. ...

Montana man charged with running over, killing girlfriend

Oct. 19, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

Prosecutors have charged a Montana man with killing his girlfriend by running over her in his pickup truck during an alcohol-fueled argument in a grocery store parking lot. Missoula County prosecutors charged Bradley Don Nagel, 53, with deliberate homicide and driving...

Hospital: Public officials threaten doctors over COVID care

Oct. 19, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three public officials threatened doctors at a Montana hospital after they refused to treat a COVID-19 patient with ivermectin, a drug to treat parasites that is not federally approved to treat the respiratory disease, officials of St. Peter's Health in Helena said. ...

3 Montana school districts go virtual or close due to COVID

Oct. 18, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

At least three Montana school districts are taking advantage of a two-day school break for statewide educator conferences this week to hold remote classes or close for a few days to help prevent further cases of COVID-19. The Darby school district also announced it was...

Vegas felon with violent record arrested in Elko robbery

Oct. 18, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A felon who severed several years in prison for a 2010 shooting at a Las Vegas park has been arrested in Montana as a suspect in an attack this summer on a California couple who was beaten and robbed of $25,000 in jewelry at a convenience store in Elko. ...

Columbia Falls becomes 11th Montana area with a resort tax

Oct. 18, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Columbia Falls in northwestern Montana is the 11th Montana community to enact a resort tax. While voters approved the 3% tax in June 2020, the city delayed implementation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax took effect on Oct. 1, the...

Montana State University dedicates American Indian Hall

Oct. 17, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University celebrated the grand opening of its American Indian Hall over the weekend, saying it will serve as a bridge between Native American culture and all other cultures on campus. The event Saturday began with a procession from...