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1 Debate Set in US House and US Senate Races
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana's U.S. Senate candidates have agreed to a debate next month in Billings.

The Billings Gazette reports the one-hour debate between Democrat Amanda Curtis and Republican Steve Daines will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Montana State University Billings' Petro Theater. It is scheduled to be broadcast by Montana Television Network stations and Yellowstone Public Radio. MSUB and the Gazette also are sponsors.

The state's major party U.S. House candidates - Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke - earlier agreed to an Oct. 4 debate in Bozeman. The hour-long debate also is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and will be aired on MTN stations.

A forum with Lewis will be held in Billings on Sept. 29. Zinke was invited but has said he will not participate.

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Bill Would Rename Billings VA Clinic
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A bill before Congress would rename the Billings VA Clinic the "Bear Root Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic."

Bear root is an herb found in the Rocky Mountains that's long been used for its healing powers and in Native American ceremonies.

Sen. Jon Tester said he introduced the legislation Monday after the name was selected by a committee appointed by Montana's three-member congressional delegation.

The clinic serves veterans from eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. An expansion completed in the spring offers specialty care or which veterans previously had to drive to Fort Harrison.

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Billings Man Charged with Assaulting 4 Women
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man is charged with assaulting four women in five instances over the past six months, causing injuries that required medical care and left one woman hospitalized for six days with a brain injury and a collapsed lung.

The Billings Gazette reports 29-year-old Todd Michael Johnson faces eight felony assault charges. His bail is set at $250,000, he has been appointed a public defender and he is scheduled to enter pleas later this month.

Prosecutors allege Johnson assaulted a 23-year-old woman over a period of four days in April; punched and choked a 24-year-old woman; punched another woman in the face, knocking her unconscious; beat and pistol whipped a woman, and assaulted his April victim again on Sept. 14. She was able to get away by stabbing him.

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Idaho Man Dies After Montana Motorcycle Crash
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 66-year-old man from Lewiston, Idaho, has died of injuries suffered in a weekend motorcycle crash in Montana.

The Montana Highway Patrol tells The Billings Gazette the man died at a Missoula hospital on Monday.

The patrol says the man was injured at about 10 a.m. Sunday when his westbound motorcycle struck a guardrail and then a cement divider on Interstate 90 near Deer Lodge.

He was taken to the hospital in Deer Lodge and then flown to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Officials say he was wearing a helmet. His name hasn't been released.

The patrol is still investigating the crash.

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Justices Seek to Uphold Partisan Endorsement Ban
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Six of the seven Montana Supreme Court justices have asked a federal judge to uphold a rule that prevents judicial candidates from pursuing or accepting partisan endorsements.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reported former Justice William Leaphart filed the friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Chief Justice Mike McGrath and Justices Jim Rice, Michael Wheat, Patricia Cotter, Beth Baker and James Jeremiah Shea. Justice Laurie McKinnon is not part of the action.

The brief was filed in response to a federal lawsuit filed last month by Sanders County justice of the peace candidate Mark French. He sued to challenge the partisan endorsements rule in the state's Code of Judicial Conduct. He said he intends to seek the endorsement of the Sanders County Republican Central Committee, which is led by his wife.

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Man Arrested in Colorado in 1999 Montana Death
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a 46-year-old man has been arrested in Colorado and charged with homicide in the 1999 drowning death of his wife in southeastern Montana.

The Montana Department of Justice said Tuesday that Brian David Laird was arrested on Sept. 12 in Fort Collins by agents from the FBI and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court documents show Laird is charged with deliberate homicide in the July 31, 1999 death of 28-year-old Kathryn Laird in Big Horn County. The victim's body was found in the Afterbay Reservoir of Yellowtail Dam a day after she had been reported missing.

Brian Laird's bail has been set at $500,000 while he awaits extradition to Montana. A Friday hearing in the case is scheduled in Colorado.

It could not immediately be determined if Laird had an attorney.

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Man Injured in Billings Shooting, Suspect Sought
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Billings man was shot several times with a small-caliber handgun and police are searching for a suspect and the weapon.

Sgt. Pat Curry says the gunshots were reported at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday and soon after, officers received a medical call. The victim had been shot four to six times in his back, torso and arm. Officers did not believe the injuries were life-threatening.

Police say the victim did not cooperate with investigating officers.

Sgt. Matt Brewer says a .38-caliber handgun and a knife were found in the area where the shooting occurred, but it likely wasn't the gun used to shoot the victim.

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Man Injured, Van Fell Off Jack During Tire Change
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A man was injured after a minivan fell off a jack during a roadside tire change on Interstate 15 northwest of Great Falls.

Vaughn Fire Chief Jason McAllister says a woman with the man flagged down a passing motorist at about 8:30 p.m. The motorist used a jack from his vehicle to lift the minivan and then dragged the man out from under the vehicle.

McAllister says emergency responders performed CPR and the man was talking to rescuers prior to being taken to Benefis Health System in Great Falls.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old Helena boy who was injured when a sport utility vehicle slipped off a jack and landed on his head and chest on Saturday was hospitalized in serious but stable condition in Seattle. A family Facebook page included a post from his father saying the boy's breathing tube was removed on Monday.

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Woman Files Lawsuit Over Jail Rape
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former inmate at the Jefferson County jail in Boulder alleges the county created circumstances that "allowed its staff to rape the inmates in their custody."

The Great Falls Tribune reports the woman filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Helena on Monday. She is seeking unspecified money damages.

The lawsuit alleges former part-time jailer Rodney Mortimore raped the woman while her cellmate was asleep after taking a sedative.

Attorney Amy Burns of Helena said the woman didn't report the attack because she didn't know how long she would be in jail before being transferred to a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program.

Mortimore has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of sexual intercourse without consent. Prosecutors said he bribed three inmates with cigarettes in exchange for sexual favors.

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Belt Football Player Suffers Head Injury
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A football player at Belt High School suffered a head injury in a weekend game and is hospitalized in intensive care in Great Falls.

Belt Superintendent Kathleen Prody tells the Great Falls Tribune that Robert Back suffered the injury Friday during Belt's 52-18 win over Chester-Joplin-Inverness. He was hospitalized at Benefis Health System and his family asked that no further information on his condition be released.

The junior lineman remained hospitalized Monday in the intensive care unit.

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California Residents Sentenced After Pot Bust
COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) - Two California residents who were arrested after 115 pounds of marijuana was found in their car during a Montana traffic stop have been sentenced to the supervision of the Montana Department of Corrections.

The Stillwater County News reports District Judge Blair Jones sentenced Rick and Dawn Voight of Hayward to five years with the department for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. He suspended two years of Rick Voight's sentence and three of Dawn's.

Last week's sentence means the DOC will determine their placements. Both remained jailed in Yellowstone County Monday, where they have been held since their arrests in late April.

Charging documents say the couple had $736,000 in vacuum-packed bundles of marijuana in their rental car when they were stopped for speeding on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana.

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Ex-Teacher Indicted in Molestation Case
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a former south Mississippi teacher in connection with the alleged molestation of students over a period of four decades.

WLOX-TV reports that William Richard Pryor was in U.S. District Court in Gulfport Monday. A judge detailed the four-count federal indictment against Pryor.

The 68-year-old Pryor is charged with transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

If convicted on all counts he could face decades in prison.

Pryor entered not-guilty pleas Monday on all charges.

Prosecutors alleged that most of the abuse happened during out-of-state trips Pryor took with the students. An FBI affidavit includes allegations of abuse in California, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

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Helena Boy Critically Injured by Falling Vehicle
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 10-year-old Helena boy was critically injured when a vehicle he and his father were working on slipped off a jack and landed on his head and chest.

The boy was injured at noon on Saturday and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the boy remained in critical condition on Sunday.

On a Facebook page set up by the boy's family, his father said the boy is still on a breathing tube but stayed awake long enough for his dad to read to him on Sunday.

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Missing Man Found Dead East of Stevensville
STEVENSVILLE, Mont. (AP) - A Stevensville man who was reported missing after failing to return from an Aug. 26 woodcutting trip has been found dead in a steep, heavily timbered area east of Stevensville.

Ravalli County Sheriff/Coroner Chris Hoffman says the body of 56-year-old George Alex Baumann was recovered Saturday. The cause of death is still under investigation and his body has been taken to the state crime lab in Missoula.

The original search was suspended on Sept. 2 after Baumann was not located within a three-quarter mile radius around of where his pickup truck was found. While the investigation continued, deputies found evidence far outside the search area that led them to request help from search dogs.

Hoffman says it's likely Baumann's body wouldn't have been found without help from the search dog team.

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Missoula Man Dies in Glacier National Park
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Missoula man has died, possibly after attempting an illegal base jump in Glacier National Park.

The National Park Service was notified at 8 p.m. Saturday that Beau Weiher was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier Area. Family and friends said he likely planned a hike in the Piegan Pass and Mount Siyeh areas and may have planned a base jump.

Searchers began looking for Weiher on Sunday morning and eventually found tracks in the snow that indicated he may have been in an area below the summit of Mount Siyeh.

At about 6 p.m. searchers on a helicopter spotted what they believed to be a parachute. Weiher's body was found at the base of Mount Siyeh at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Missoula Man to be Re-Sentenced for DUI
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Missoula man should be re-sentenced for aggravated DUI and felony criminal endangerment because the judge did not follow the sentence recommended in the plea agreement and did not specifically give the man the opportunity to withdraw his guilty plea.

The justices ruled 4-1 in favor of Robert Aaron Zunick in a Sept. 9 decision.

Prosecutors had recommended a six year sentence with the Department of Corrections with three suspended.

The court gave Zunick a 10-year suspended sentence. Court records indicate Zunick agreed with the sentence and its conditions.

A year later, and after violating one of the conditions of his sentence, Zunick sought to withdraw his guilty plea.

Chief Justice Mike McGrath said the sentence should stand. He says Zunick found the conditions of his sentence advantageous, until he didn't.

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Montana Coal Mine Deal Aims to Boost Asian Exports
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Coal companies have finalized a deal that consolidates ownership of a Montana mine and gives a Wyoming company an option to export coal through Washington state.

Ambre Energy and Cloud Peak Energy announced in a joint statement Monday that the deal involving the 120-worker Decker mine closed Sept. 12.

Australia-based Ambre took over Cloud Peak's 50 percent stake in the Decker mine and liability for $67 million in reclamation and lease bonds for the facility.

Cloud Peak, based in Gillette, Wyoming, gained the option to move almost 8 million tons of coal annually through a port that Ambre has proposed in Longview, Washington.

Ambre, Cloud Peak and other companies want to increase coal shipments to markets in Asia as domestic demand falters.

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Montana Lawmakers Aim to Avoid Government Shutdown
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana lawmakers say they plan to work this week on preventing a federal government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Monday said avoiding a shutdown is the most important issue lawmakers have to deal with this week.

A short-term funding bill has been introduced in the U.S. House and it's likely to be voted on this week. The legislation would continue funding for government services and programs at the current level until Dec. 11.

Tester says the bill was written without contentious provisions and as long as none are added, he believes the bill should pass.

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said Monday that Americans expect and deserve their elected officials to work together to find solutions on the issue.

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Montana Wolf Hunt Begins; Activists Shadow Hunters
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana's six-month general hunting season for gray wolves is underway after just one of the predators was reported taken during an early-season archery hunt.

It's the fourth annual hunt since Congress revoked the animals' endangered species protections in 2011. Yet it continues to stir debate.

Activists opposed to killing wolves outside Yellowstone National Park said Monday they were shadowing outfitters in a wilderness area next to the park.

Rod Coronado with the recently-formed Yellowstone Wolf Patrol says the group's members will use a video camera to document any wolves killed to raise public awareness.

Coronado says there is no intention to directly interfere, which would be illegal.

Hunting units north of Yellowstone are subject to a six-wolf quota. Montana does not limit how many wolves can be killed statewide.

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Montana Woman Jailed Following Barbell Attack
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A 29-year-old Montana woman accused of striking an Idaho man with a barbell has been charged with felony domestic violence resulting in traumatic injury.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Charlyn Marie Chapman of Anaconda was charged Friday in 1st District Court in northern Idaho.

Witnesses tell police that Chapman struck a 38-year-old man at least four times in the hand and once in the back of the head.

Police say the blow to the head caused the man to lose feeling in his extremities for a short time. He told police was attacked when he tried to prevent Chapman from cutting herself.

At the court appearance Friday, Chapman disputed those allegations and said the man was abusing her.

Chapman has been appointed a public defender.

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Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Hammer Attack
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings mother and daughter have been sentenced to prison for breaking into the home of the daughter's ex-husband and his new wife, stealing items and hitting the new wife with a hammer when she returned and tried to stop them.

The Billings Gazette reports District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced 55-year-old Kimberly Paulk to five years in prison and 32-year-old Cheri Schiedel to three.

Paulk and Schiedel were arrested in January by police responding to a burglary. Schiedel said she broke into the house to get her clothes back.

Assistant public defender Clark Matthews said Monday the women made the poor decision to take property that didn't belong to them. The victim said she was hit at least four times with a hammer. Police say some of the injuries required staples.

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Petition Challenges Yellowstone Bison Slaughters
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife advocates have filed a legal petition to stop the capture and mass slaughter of wild bison leaving Yellowstone National Park during their winter migration.

Friends of Animals and the Buffalo Field Campaign filed Monday's petition with agencies including the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, which manages lands adjacent to the park.

Thousands of Yellowstone bison have been shipped to slaughter in recent decades to keep them from coming into contact with livestock. Many bison carry the disease brucellosis, which can cause pregnant animals to abort their young.

Friends of Animals attorney Mike Harris says the regular removal of so many bison is destroying the animals' gene pool.

Yellowstone administrators say 900 bison could be removed during the upcoming winter through hunting, slaughter and for research purposes.

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State Taking Comment on Missoula Hospital Sale
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state attorney general's office is taking public comment on the proposed sale of Community Medical Center in Missoula to a partnership between Billings Clinic and a Tennessee-based hospital management company.

Last week, Community Medical Center announced the $67.4 million asset purchase agreement. Because Community is a nonprofit, the attorney general's office must review the proposal and ensure its charitable assets are protected.

The state has hired a Missouri company to determine the fair market value of the hospital's assets. The state expects its review to be completed before the end of the year.

Comments can be submitted online or mailed to: Montana Attorney General, Office of Consumer Protection, P.O. Box 200151, Helena, MT, 59620-0151.

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Woman Who Died in Billings Car Crash ID'd
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of an 85-year-old woman who died in a car crash in Billings over the weekend.

Yellowstone County Coroner Lt. Bill Jones says Darlene Oblander was killed when she crashed her car into a parked pickup truck at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Sgt. Ronda Fox tells The Billings Gazette a medical condition contributed to Oblander's death.

No one was in the pickup at the time of the crash.

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