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President’s son plans Montana trip to campaign for Gianforte

Nov. 18, 2019 2:29 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. is planning to campaign in Helena for Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that the president’s son will speak at the Montana Club Sunday on behalf of Gianforte, a Republican making his second run for governor....

Former Helena officer gets deferred sentence for theft

Nov. 14, 2019 12:47 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Helena police officer has pleaded guilty to felony theft in a Montana court. The Independent Record reports that Tyler Wood received a deferred three-year prison sentence after his guilty plea Thursday. Wood was accused of using Helena Police Protective Association funds to...

Carroll College to host 2 GOP gubernatorial candidates

Nov. 14, 2019 12:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Carroll College will host a debate this month between two of the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Montana governor. A statement distributed Thursday by Attorney General Tim Fox’s campaign says the debate will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 and will feature...

Agency: No invasive mussels found in Montana waterways

Nov. 13, 2019 5:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Testing of Montana waterways this year turned up no instances of invasive mussels, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Wednesday. Under state policy, the agency will move to lift restrictions placed on Canyon Ferry Reservoir east of Helena after one suspicious water sample...

Republican gubernatorial debate in Helena postponed

Nov. 12, 2019 1:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Lewis and Clark County Republican Central Committee has decided to postpone a gubernatorial candidate debate it had planned to sponsor in Helena later this month until all three candidates can attend. The committee announced Monday it would hold a debate at Carroll College on Nov....

Gubernatorial candidates Fox, Olszewski to debate in Helena

Nov. 11, 2019 4:29 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two of the three Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to discuss jobs and the economy during a debate in Helena later this month. Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski have agreed to the Nov. 26 debate at Carroll College. Lewis and Clark County Republican...

Bismarck priest prepares for a new role: bishop

Nov. 11, 2019 1:05 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — During Mass one recent morning at St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck, the Rev. Austin Vetter gave students a challenge. He told them, when they pray at home, to open themselves up to what Jesus wants for them — and to be prepared for whatever that could entail. "It may...

Helena car dealer ordered to pay $2.5M for loan default

Nov. 9, 2019 11:48 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered a former Montana car dealership and its owner to pay $2.5 million for defaulting on loans to purchase inventory. An audit found Robert Allen Nissan in Helena failed to repay Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation after selling 25 vehicles and that it owed nearly...

Montana Legislature looking at annual sessions

Nov. 8, 2019 12:25 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers plan to meet in January as part of a study on whether the Legislature should meet every year. Legislators will attend already scheduled interim committee meetings along with training sessions from Jan. 13-17 in Helena, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported Friday. The...

An eastern Arkansas city is postponing a 24-hour curfew plan

Nov. 6, 2019 4:08 PM EST

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — An eastern Arkansas city is shelving a plan to establish a 24-hour curfew in high-crime neighborhoods that sought to address the recent increase in violent crime in the historic city on the banks of the Mississippi River. Helena-West Helena officials have discussed...