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2 Killed, 1 Injured in Crash Near Billings
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say two people were killed and another was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Billings.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Moran tells The Billings Gazette the driver of the SUV was trying to pass a tractor trailer about 15 miles east of Billings when the crash happened just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The SUV drifted into the median and off the road before rolling.

All three people in the vehicle were ejected. Their names and ages have not been released, and it's unclear if alcohol played a role in the crash.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Billings Man Dies in Motorhome Crash near Brockway

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A motorhome struck a bridge on Montana Highway 200 near Brockway, killing a 52-year-old Billings man who was a passenger.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the 19-year-old Miles City man who was driving the motorhome was injured in the crash Monday evening and taken to the hospital in Circle.

The patrol tells The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/1potGRx ) the motorhome was westbound at about 8:40 p.m. when it drifted onto the shoulder and hit a bridge. Both men were ejected. The victim's name hasn't been released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Climate Plan's First Test in Montana Coal Country
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock's assertion that Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without shutting down power plants will get its first public test in the heart of coal country.

State officials plan a Tuesday public meeting in Colstrip on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut greenhouse emissions.

The town is home to one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West - a 2,100-megawatt facility that churns out more greenhouse gases than any other source in Montana.

But it's also a regional economic driver with 360 workers. Hundreds more are employed at the nearby Rosebud mine.

Bullock says the state can keep such plants open. Emissions instead would be reduced by using more renewable energy, promoting efficiency and developing technologies to capture carbon dioxide from burning coal.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Evangelist Pepper-Sprayed on Montana State Campus
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Christian evangelist who calls himself Shawn the Baptist was sprayed with pepper spray while preaching on the campus of Montana State University.

Campus police are searching for the suspect.

Shawn Holes told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he had been preaching for about 10 minutes on Tuesday when a young man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt approached him carrying a large can.

Holes says he was able to duck, but the spray still hit his head, neck and the side of his face. The suspect ran away.

MSU Police Chief Robert Putzke said officers would like to talk with a second person who also was sprayed.

Holes has been on campus before and says the students have always been kind to him.

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Former Museum Director Charged With Theft
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The former executive director of the Yellowstone County Museum has denied charges that he took more than $31,000 from the museum over a period of about four years.

The Billings Gazette reports 61-year-old Charles "Chas" Weldon pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony theft. District Judge Russell Fagg released him without bail.

Prosecutors allege Weldon obtained a museum debit card without the board's knowledge and used it to make personal purchases along with taking cash donations and gift shop receipts.

Detective Shane Bancroft said with the help of Weldon, he estimated the amount of money taken at more than $31,000. However, court records say Weldon later admitted to taking another $1,000 and keeping cash advances in an amount he could not estimate.

The investigation continues.

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Man Charged with Physical, Sexual Assault
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A man is charged with beating and raping a University of Montana student at her off-campus residence.

The woman told Missoula police that 20-year-old Zachary Brennen Newbary beat and kicked her, put his hands over her mouth to stop her from breathing and sexually assaulted her. She said she escaped once, but that Newbary jumped out a window and dragged her back into her residence.

Court records say the woman had bruises on her face, neck and arms and a chipped tooth.

Newbary was arrested Saturday morning. He made an initial court appearance Monday on charges of aggravated assault, sexual intercourse without consent and partner or family member assault. Justice of the Peace Amy Blixt ordered him held on $100,000 bail and set an Oct. 15 preliminary hearing in District Court.

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Man Dies in Laurel Crash, SUV Hit Tree
LAUREL, Mont. (AP) - A man has died after the sport utility vehicle he was driving struck a tree in Laurel.

Laurel police say the collision happened at about 7 p.m. Monday.

The man died before he could be flown to a hospital. His name, age and hometown haven't been released.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Man Gets 5 years for Helping Escaped Rape Suspect
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Bozeman man who pleaded guilty to cutting the shackles off an escaped assault suspect has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports District Judge John Brown sentenced 22-year-old Cedric Standish-Codding to 10 years in prison with five suspended for obstructing justice and for violating a deferred sentence in a burglary and theft case by drinking alcohol, using marijuana and being convicted of negligent endangerment.

Standish-Codding was one of five people charged with aiding Kevin Briggs, who walked out of a Bozeman police interview room after being arrested on Feb. 2 on suspicion of assaulting and trying to rape a woman.

Prosecutors allege Standish-Codding knew about the assault charge and still gave Briggs $23 and a hooded coat.

Briggs was arrested in Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 20. He faces trial in February 2015.

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Montana State Hires Livestock Judging Coach

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana State University has hired a livestock judging coach who will manage a team designed to give students hands-on experience in the beef industry.

Hanna DelCurto will coach the 15-member livestock judging team, which plans to travel to 10 competitions this year.

In a livestock judging competition, students examine cattle, sheep or pigs and determine their marketability value. Students then must defend their assessment to judges.

DelCurto also will teach a livestock evaluation class and oversee the Steer-a-Year program. The program accepts steers from private producers, uses them for educational purposes and sells them at the end of the school year to raise money for the livestock judging program.

DelCurto was a member of the Kansas State livestock judging team and recently completed her master's degree in animal science at Texas AandM.

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ND Man Sentenced in Federal Meth Case
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 48-year-old North Dakota man who was convicted of trafficking over 34 pounds of methamphetamine in Montana and North Dakota has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon sentenced Lloyd Nickel of Minot, North Dakota during a hearing in Butte on Monday.

Nickel was convicted on June 11 of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and a conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors allege Nickel purchased large amounts of methamphetamine from sources in California for distribution in Montana and North Dakota between June 2012 and January 2014.

Three co-conspirators - Margaret Silvia, Von Rackham and Leonard Ewalt - have been sentenced to between eight and 11 1/2 years in prison.

The prosecution was part of Project Safe Bakken.

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Republicans From 4 Counties Seek Closed Primaries
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Republican leaders from four more counties want to be added to a lawsuit to force Montana to close GOP primary election voting to only registered party members.

The Ravalli County Republican Central Committee filed its challenge of the state's open primary system on Sept. 8 in U.S. District Court.

On Tuesday, Ravalli GOP attorney Matthew Monforton requested the addition of the GOP central committees in Gallatin, Sanders, Dawson and Stillwater counties as plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs allege Montana law allowing any registered voter to participate in any party primary is unconstitutional. Monforton calls the open primary system a relic that allows non-party members to interfere with the Republicans' selection of nominees.

Montana Democrats have criticized the lawsuit as an attempt to shut voters out of the process.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

State Attorneys General Meet about Campus Rape
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Several state attorneys general are meeting in Rhode Island to discuss the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.

The eastern region of the National Association of Attorneys General is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rhode Island for a conference on the issue.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting the meeting, and several representatives from area colleges are expected to attend.

They'll discuss topics including how schools can collaborate with police, how to help victims and how to improve campus sexual assault investigations.

Among the attendees expected to participate are attorneys general from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Montana and Maryland. The keynote speaker is Rhode Island U.S. Sen Sheldon Whitehouse, a former attorney general.

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State Panel: No Confidence in Medicaid Contract
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Members of a state legislative panel say they don't believe Xerox Corp. will be able to fulfill its $70 million contract to create a new computer program to manage Medicaid payments.

The Legislative Finance Committee unanimously supported a no-confidence resolution last week, more than two months after state officials resolved a breach-of-contract issue with Xerox.

The project is more than two years behind schedule.

The Medicaid Management and Information System is supposed to replace a system more than 30 years old that handles payments to thousands of Medicaid providers. The old system is unable to keep up with increasingly complex payment rules and parameters.

Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said in a statement that Xerox is dedicated to continue working with the state to deliver a new reliable system.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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