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Ex-Grace chemist: tremolite sickened hamsters

MISSOULA — A former chemist for W.R. Grace & Co. told jurors Tuesday that he oversaw a 1976 study in which hamsters were injected with asbestos-laced vermiculite from Libby.


Grace trial delayed by juror’s illness

A juror’s illness delayed the W.R. Grace & Co. environmental crimes trial Monday but with the jury absent, defense lawyers sought to exclude the expert testimony of another government witness.


Natural gas explosion rocks downtown Bozeman

BOZEMAN – One person remained unaccounted for after a natural gas explosion rocked downtown Bozeman on Thursday morning, collapsing three buildings, city officials said. Assistant City Manager Chuck Winn said …


Woman testifies against Grace

MISSOULA – A woman who purchased property from a defunct vermiculite mine in Libby says she received a copy of a letter written by the mine manager saying he knew …


1 unaccounted for after explosion in Bozeman

BOZEMAN — One person is unaccounted for after a natural gas explosion rocked downtown Bozeman Thursday morning, collapsing three buildings, city officials said.


Defense in Grace trial questions EPA official

Questioning of a federal official prominent in the government’s response to asbestos contamination in Libby continued Tuesday at a trial on allegations that W.R. Grace & Co., and five of …


Witnesses waive right to observe Grace trial

HELENA – Government witnesses who are victims of asbestos exposure have waived their right to observe the W.R. Grace & Co. environmental crimes trial in Missoula. On Friday, the 9th …


Victim-witnesses waive right to attend Grace trial

Government witnesses who are victims of asbestos exposure have waived their right to observe the W.R. Grace & Co. environmental crimes trial in Montana.


Official: Grace misled EPA

MISSOULA – An Environmental Protection Agency official says employees of W.R. Grace & Co. misled the government and obstructed efforts to clean up a mine site in Montana. Paul Peronard …


Grace seeks dismissal of charges in Libby case

MISSOULA – Attorneys for W.R. Grace and Co. asked a federal judge Tuesday to acquit the company on three counts of knowingly endangering the community of Libby. The defense argued …


Dad gives CPR to save son’s life

MISSOULA – For Maxwell Meyer, it didn’t make much sense. There he was, just 51/2 minutes into the final basketball game of his freshman season for the Frenchtown Broncs last …


Grace lawyers move for dismissal of key charges

MISSOULA — Attorneys for W.R. Grace and Co. asked a federal judge Tuesday to acquit the company on three counts of knowingly endangering the community of Libby.


Grace asbestos trial opens

MISSOULA – A federal prosecutor told jurors Monday that W.R. Grace & Co. knew for years that its products posed serious health hazards to residents of Libby, Mont., but the …


Montana Senate favors abolishing death penalty

HELENA – The state Senate is again endorsing a plan to end the death penalty in favor of life in prison with no parole, giving initial support to the plan …


In brief: Pair paid IRS using fake checks

Six months under house arrest and five years on probation are the penalties for two Ronan, Mont., residents who tried to pay taxes by using fake checks. David Paul and …


Montana senators want contract reworked for aluminum company

HELENA – The power contract between Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. and the Bonneville Power Administration must be renegotiated quickly to help the company stabilize and keep people employed, Montana’s U.S. …


Timber company wants to drop road deal

HELENA – Plum Creek Timber Co. said Monday it no longer wants to pursue changing the easements governing its use of U.S. Forest Service roads near company lands, changes negotiated …


Workers at refinery quell morning fire

LAUREL, Mont. – A fire at the CHS Refinery in Laurel was extinguished early Christmas Day by refinery workers. Refinery manager Pat Kimmet said refinery officials are investigating the cause …


Quick-draw shooter sentenced

GREAT FALLS – A Fort Benton man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death during a quick-draw contest after a night of drinking was sentenced Tuesday to 50 …


Living History

Take a walk through Uptown Butte on a blustery Saturday afternoon, and you might feel as if you’ve strolled into an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” If it weren’t for …


14-year-old gets his spacey wish

What’s the first and only word out of an ailing boy’s mouth when he finds a 17-foot-tall rocket ship playhouse in his backyard? “Holy,” exclaimed Oshyn Woods when a red …


Medieval for a modern life

HERON, Mont. – Deep in the Cabinet Mountains east of Sandpoint, a fairytale village is being hatched. The design looks straight out of a Brothers Grimm story – half-timbered houses, …


Montanans Pay Tribute To Deceased Candidate

Flags across Montana were lowered to half-staff Thursday as the state mourned Democrat Chet Blaylock, who died before he could cross the finish line in his race for governor. A …


Democratic Candidate For Montana Governor Dies Chet Blaylock, 71, Calls For Ambulance While Driving To Debate In Missoula

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