Articles by Amy Beth Hanson

Candidate for Montana Auditor, Insurance Commissioner May Face Campaign Fines

A primary election contest that spilled over into the campaign finance arena has led to potential fines for the Republican state auditor candidate who won and another GOP candidate. The state’s Commissioner of Political Practice Jeff Mangan determined last week …

Montana Seeking $43M in Disputed Tobacco Settlement Payments

Montana is asking a judge to force a group of tobacco companies to make more than $43 million in payments to the state that they have disputed over the past 15 years, Attorney General Tim Fox said this week. The …

Montana Sues Drug Distributors Over Opioid Shipments

Montana has filed a lawsuit against the two leading drug distributors in the state, saying they failed to monitor and report excessive opioid shipments to Montana pharmacies, worsening the opioid epidemic. Attorney General Tim Fox announced Monday the state was …

Quadriplegic Missionary Gets $26M Settlement in Montana Crash

Insurers for the Southern Baptist Convention have agreed to pay $26 million to a man who was paralyzed and suffered brain damage in a rollover crash during a 2009 missionary trip in Montana, Attorney Anders Blewett said Tuesday. The insurance …

Plan to Settle Abuse Claims Offered By Montana Catholic Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them for decades while the church covered it up. The plan, filed …

Montana Ponzi Scheme Investigation Continues

The state and a court-appointed receiver continue to inventory the assets of two Polson men and their companies as they seek to recover money for those who invested in what the state calls a $14 million Ponzi scheme. Keith Kovick …

4.6-Magnitude Earthquake Causes Damage in Montana

An earthquake damaged an apartment building and knocked bricks off the facades of buildings in southwestern Montana , authorities said. The 4.6 magnitude quake, reported at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, was centered about nine miles (15 kilometers) northeast of Sheridan, Montana. …