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Utah call-center company to add up to 200 Montana employees

Jul. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A call-center company will add as many as 200 employees in Montana after landing contracts with a national meal-kit delivery service. American Fork, Utah-based ROI Solutions recently expanded to Billings. The business will handle customer service operations for HelloFresh, a meal-kit...

Montana pilot makes emergency landing on Idaho highway

Jul. 20, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana pilot made an emergency landing on an Idaho highway after having engine trouble. Fifty-three-year-old Scott Morledge-Hampton, of Billings, was headed to an airport north of Spokane, Washington, but ended up on Idaho Highway 97. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says it...

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by...

Montana spa owner pleads guilty in sex worker case

Jul. 19, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The owner of a former massage parlor has been convicted of bringing a woman to Montana to become a sex worker. The Billings Gazette reports 61-year-old Scot Donald Petrie pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to transportation of a person with intent to engage in criminal sexual...

Arizona man gets 10 years in prison after 34-pound meth bust

Jul. 18, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he admitted to driving to Montana with 34 pounds of methamphetamine to be sold in Billings. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced 30-year-old Aldo Fabrizio Pardini of Mesa, Arizona, during a Wednesday hearing in...

Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Jul. 18, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of...

Third well planned for central Montana water project

Jul. 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed drilling a third well as part of a project that aims to deliver water to about 5,000 households in central Montana. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that the well planned near the community of Garneill would be drilled down to about...

Army corps opens Fort Peck spillway as reservoir level rises

Jul. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has partially opened two of the Fort Peck Dam's spillway gates to relieve the rising water level in the reservoir. The Billings Gazette reports Fort Peck had been holding back water on the upper Missouri River because of this year's flooding...

Man gets 20 years in prison for raping teenager in Montana

Jul. 16, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who cursed at jurors and called them "stupid" after they found him guilty of raping a teenager in Montana has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Billings Gazette reports 36-year-old Marcial Mejia was sentenced Tuesday for sexual intercourse without consent. He vowed to...

Texas man who drowned in southern Montana river identified

Jul. 16, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 74-year-old Texas man who was found dead in a river in southern Montana. The Billings Gazette reports Whitson Etheridge II, of Houston, went missing the night of July 10, and searchers used dogs and a helicopter equipped with an infrared system...