Montana News

Bill to Up Montana Highway Speeds Proposed

Montana lawmakers on Friday heard the session’s fourth proposal to increase highway speed limits. Republican Rep. Art Wittich proposed a ballot referendum Friday for voters to decide whether to raise highway speed limits by 5 mph. Wittich said the proposal …

Man With Four Times BAC in Montana Crash Admits to 10th DUI

A man who caused a wreck in Billings, Mont. in December while driving with a blood alcohol concentration four times the legal limit has pleaded guilty to his 10th DUI. David South also pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment for the crash …

Montana Man Sues University Alleging Harassment, Discrimination

A former janitor at Montana State University is suing the college over how he was treated by co-workers. Akram Zahran filed the lawsuit this past week in Gallatin County District Court against MSU, two co-workers and a supervisor. Zahran says …

Montana Bill Would Add Tree Wells As ‘Risk Of Skiing’

The Legislature is passing a bill that would include tree wells as one of the risks of skiing in Montana. Senate Bill 164 will go to Gov. Steve Bullock next for his consideration. Sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Hoven of …

Montana Licensed 34 Captive Insurance Companies In 2014

State insurance department officials are reporting that Montana licensed 34 new captive insurance companies in 2014, bringing the state’s total number of licensed captives to 177. In addition to the 34 new captive insurance company licenses, the number of series …

Montana Man’s 11th DUI Gets 50 Years

A 49-year-old Helena, Mont. man who has been convicted of 11 drunken driving offenses has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Independent Record reported District Judge Kathy Seeley sentenced Shawn Kevin Smaage last week, saying he would have …

Judge Approves Montana Diocese $16.4M Sex Abuse Settlement

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena in Montana that includes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who sued over clergy sex abuse from the 1940s to the 1970s. …

AssureStart Adds 5 States

Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

Largest Dividend Paid by Montana Workers’ Comp Fund

Many Montana businesses will share a $20 million windfall from the state workers’ compensation fund. The Montana State Fund’s board on Friday approved its largest dividend ever for most of its 27,000 business customers in the state. The dividend equates …

Magnitude 4.0 Quake Shakes Parts Of Montana

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook parts of northwest Montana on Tuesday afternoon, but no damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey picked up the earthquake at about 3:33 p.m. The temblor’s epicenter was 31 miles northeast of Thompson Falls and …