Montana News

Montana Bank and Insurer Sue Over Who Pays $24.5M Verdict

First Interstate Bank and its insurer are suing each other over who gets to pay a defunct Missoula, Mont. logging company its $24.5 million verdict upheld by a state judge in April. The Missoulian reported Kelly Logging Inc. went out …

Montana University Professor’s Discrimination Case to Go to Hearing

A state Human Rights Bureau investigator concluded there was reasonable cause to believe Montana State University discriminated against a professor who sought a reduced workload last fall while he was recovering from Bell’s palsy. Exercise physiology professor Dan Heil said …

Some Asbestos to Remain in Montana Town Under Final EPA Plan

Federal regulators’ long-delayed final cleanup plan for a Montana mining town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos contamination would leave some of the deadly material where it sits, in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental …

Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year

Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …

Higher DUI Fines OK’d by Montana Senate

Montana senators have endorsed a proposal to double DUI fines. Seven Democrats joined 20 Republicans Saturday to approve House Bill 488 on a 27-23 vote that reversed the Senate’s Friday opinion against the bill. The Republican proposal would double minimum …

Montana Man Sentenced to 5 Years for 13th DUI

A 67-year-old man with a series of drunken driving convictions in three states dating back to 1985 has been sentenced to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections for his 13th conviction of driving under the influence. The Billings …

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 …