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Man gets 25 years for hitting, killing man in work zone

Sep. 20, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing a state highway worker while driving through a construction zone after huffing compressed air. Ethan James Anderson of Billings pleaded guilty in June to vehicular homicide while under the influence for the October...

Montana judge rejects defendant plea deal in beheading case

Sep. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has rejected one defendant's plea deal after prosecutors say he and his co-defendant beheaded a man they met at a casino. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that 35-year-old Jeffery Haverty reached an agreement in June that included a 50-year prison sentence and...

Report: Cleanup of abandoned oil, gas wells could cost US

Sep. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. taxpayers could face potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that it identified almost 2,300 wells that have...

High-ranking education official visits Montana schools

Sep. 18, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A high-ranking federal education official has toured Pryor public schools and Billings' Skyview High School to highlight their programs. The Billings Gazette rep orts Deputy Secretary of Education Mick Zais' tour on Tuesday was about promoting school programs on cultural initiatives...

Montana Native storyteller awarded national arts fellowship

Sep. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Native American storyteller is expected to be honored as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Billings Gazette reports traditional Crow storyteller Grant Bulltail is one of 10 people chosen by the NEA to receive a 2019 fellowship. Bulltail...

Critics press Montana Corrections on victim program

Sep. 14, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new Montana Department of Corrections intervention program for domestic violence cases has raised concerns. The Billings Gazette reports that the program involves victims and their abusers meeting to discuss the risks of moving back in to the same home, or having some greater level...

Jehovah's Witnesses ask court to reverse $35M abuse verdict

Sep. 13, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. Last year, a jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $31 million in punitive...

Democratic candidate Ballard suspends US Senate campaign

Sep. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Red Lodge author Jack Ballard has ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Montana due to medical reasons. Ballard said Friday he was recently diagnosed with a heart condition that makes it "medically imprudent to continue the campaign" that he...

Sage grouse numbers stumble in Montana, across US West

Sep. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for the wide-ranging bird species that federal officials rejected for protections in 2015. State wildlife officials estimate there were about...

Montana AG backs opioid deal that's opposed by some states

Sep. 12, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General Tim Fox says Montana is among the states and local governments that have reached a tentative deal with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma in the opioid crisis. Fox said Thursday the settlement would avoid a protracted legal fight and deliver money more quickly to treat a...