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Montana school bus driver now faces 1 drug charge, not 3

Feb. 23, 2019 4:28 PM EST

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped two of three methamphetamine-related charges against a northwest Montana school bus driver and owner. The Missoulian reported Friday that Scott William Johnson of St. Ignatius still faces a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, but prosecutors...

No charges against BIA officer in fatal shooting in Montana

Feb. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says it won't file charges against a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer who fatally shot a Lodge Grass man who was holding a knife. The Billings Gazette reported Friday that prosecutors concluded they could not prove the officer committed a crime....

Man sentenced to 10 years for watching child porn on bus

Feb. 22, 2019 8:17 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who previously was the first child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to watching child porn on a bus traveling across Montana. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy also sentenced 67-year-old Eric...

APNewsBreak: Report says Montana lawmaker harassed colleague

Feb. 22, 2019 7:54 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An outside investigation found that a Montana legislator sent a female lawmaker harassing text messages in 2017, leading the Democrat to resign his committee chairmanship before it could be stripped from him, a former House speaker said Friday. The Legislature's Legal Services Office...

The Latest: Democrats 'shocked and disappointed' over report

Feb. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on harassment allegations within the Montana Legislature (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Montana House Democratic leaders say the party's legislative leaders are "shocked and disappointed" to learn that a member of their caucus harassed another individual. Friday's statement...

Boy, 9, dies after hitting tree at Montana ski resort

Feb. 22, 2019 4:59 PM EST

BIG SKY, Mont. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy died after hitting a tree at a ski resort in southwest Montana. Gallatin County sheriff's officials say the Carlisle, Massachusetts boy's father reported him missing near the junction of two intermediate runs at Big Sky Resort on Tuesday afternoon. The boy was found...

Montana legislative panel OKs bill to help troubled plant

Feb. 22, 2019 4:43 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Senate committee has advanced a measure that would allow NorthWestern Energy to buy out the five other owners of the troubled Colstrip coal-fired power plant for $1. The bill by Republican Sen. Tom Richmond of Billings would also allow the utility to pass its future costs to...

Officials: Arson not suspected in Bozeman apartment fire

Feb. 22, 2019 2:36 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Officials say they don't suspect the fire that razed an apartment complex in Bozeman was deliberately set. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports city officials announced Thursday that there is no information so far suggesting arson was involved in the destruction of the SOBO Lofts...

Remains found on Blackfeet reservation appear historical

Feb. 22, 2019 1:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal agents say human remains found on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana appear to be of historical origin. Friday's announcement by FBI spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker ends speculation that the remains could have been those of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring. She disappeared in...

Billings hospitals see higher than usual patient numbers

Feb. 22, 2019 12:49 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say hospitals in Billings are seeing an unusually high number of patients. The Billings Gazette reports the Billings Clinic is at more than 110 percent capacity, resulting in officials setting up patient beds in a conference room and hallways in the emergency department to...