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Overhaul planned for Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana

Dec. 9, 2018 5:29 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is planning to spend between $150 million and $200 million to overhaul the 65-year-old Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana. The bureau will focus on two of the facility's four generating units simultaneously for one year and individual generating...

Carroll College's enrollment drop creates budget deficit

Dec. 9, 2018 2:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A decline in enrollment has led to a budget deficit at Helena's Carroll College. The Independent Record reports that the school's freshman enrollment declined from 374 in 2016 to 297 in 2018. Those numbers include transfers to the college, who are classified as freshmen. Not counting...

More deer test positive for wasting disease in Montana

Dec. 9, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Nine more deer killed by hunters in Montana have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The latest findings bring to 22 the number of deer that have tested positive this season for the deadly brain wasting disease. Also known as CWD, it can affect the nervous systems of deer,...

Leonard, defense lead UC Irvine to 60-51 win over Montana

Dec. 9, 2018 12:36 AM EST

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard made 5 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points and three steals to help UC Irvine beat Montana 60-51 on Saturday night. Jamar Akoh's tipin of Michael Oguine's missed 3-point shot gave the Grizzlies a three-point lead with four minutes to go before Eyassu Worku...

Prosecutors want life sentence in fatal Montana carjacking

Dec. 8, 2018 11:01 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to killing an 81-year-old former sheriff. The Billings Gazette reported Friday 58-year-old Donald Mack Gray Jr. has pleaded guilty in the June 10 stabbing death of William Joy of Billings. Joy...

Judge nixes mining company challenge to 'bad actor' label

Dec. 7, 2018 7:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an Idaho mining company that's fighting to overturn its designation by Montana regulators as an industry bad actor because of pollution tied to its CEO District Judge Mike Menahan in Helena said in his ruling that the complaint from...

Accused Jesuits include 30 who worked in Montana

Dec. 7, 2018 5:42 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A new list of 111 western Jesuits accused of sexually abusing children includes 30 who had assignments in Montana dating back to the late 1800s. The names of 20 of those with Montana connections were previously published by the state's two Roman Catholic dioceses as part of lawsuit...

Handful of mumps cases reported a Bozeman elementary school

Dec. 7, 2018 4:37 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A handful of mumps cases at a Bozeman elementary school led Gallatin County health officials to keep unvaccinated students out of classes until they're sure no more students are contagious. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports health officials contacted the parents of Morning Star...

Missoula County deputy charged with mistreating prisoner

Dec. 7, 2018 2:49 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former Missoula County sheriff's deputy has been charged with a felony after fellow officers said he dragged a handcuffed man out of the back of a patrol car and choked him. A charge of mistreating prisoners was filed Monday against Doug Hartsell Jr. His initial appearance in...

Carroll College names former player Troy Purcell head coach

Dec. 7, 2018 12:57 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Troy Purcell, a former Carroll College football player who coached three future NFL players in high school, is the new head coach at his alma mater. Purcell was named Friday to succeed Mike Van Diest, who retired after 20 seasons and six NAIA national titles. Purcell said he's excited...