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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Gov. Brian Schweitzer takes a branding iron to veto a bill at a ceremony on the steps of the state capitol in Helena, Mont., Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Displaying his trademark showmanship, Schweitzer stood on the Capitol steps and punctuated his rejection of other Republican bills by emblazoning several of them. (Eliza Wiley / Helena Independent-record)

Schweitzer Wields Veto Brand 21 Times 12 

Gov. Brian Schweitzer takes a branding iron to veto a bill at a ceremony on the steps of the state capitol in Helena, Mont., Wednesday. Displaying his trademark showmanship, Schweitzer stood on the Capitol steps and punctuated his rejection of other Republican bills by emblazoning…

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Great Falls Man, World's Oldest, Dies 

Walter Breuning, the world’s oldest man and second-oldest person, died Thursday. He was 114. Breuning died of natural causes in a Great Falls hospital, said Stacia Kirby, spokeswoman of the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home where he lived. Breuning had been hospitalized since the beginning…

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Carlson: Idaho's 'Flagship' University? 12 

Ten years ago, if anyone asked which university in this state was the “flagship” institution of higher ed, the top undergraduate and graduate school, the state’s Land Grant school, the University of Idaho at Moscow, would have been the response. Today that is not the…

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IPT: $100K GOP Lawsuit Payback Stinks 

Closed primaries in Idaho are a bad idea for many reasons. Here’s another one: It’s going to cost the state nearly half a million dollars. Idaho Republicans won a recent federal court case that said they have a constitutional right to restrict participation in primaries…

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Miller, Luna Thrill Tea Party Gathering 13 

Also: Tea Party supporters take over Greyhound Raceway/Tania Dall, KXLY Joe Miller, pictured, believes the Tea Party's cup is still full and it won't be emptied anytime soon. The former U.S. Senate Republican candidate from Alaska and veteran spoke during the third annual Tax Day…

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In this March 17, 2011 photo, Lisa Hodge of Kansas City, Mm., peruses the jewelry case at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala. Along a country road next to a muffler shop and a cemetery is a 40,000-square-foot store filled with all the items that never made it home from vacation. Shoes, samurai swords, iPods, even lingerie, all available for 20 to 80 percent off. (Michael Mercier / F170349 Ap)

Where Unclaimed Baggage Ends Up 

Lisa Hodge of Kansas City, Mo., peruses the jewelry case at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala. Along a country road next to a muffler shop and a cemetery is a 40,000-square-foot store filled with all the items that never made it home from vacation.…

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HMO: What Would You Pay For McEuen? 

HMOffsuite: I like the idea of improving McEuen but don’t know if it is prudent for the City to be undertaking the project at this particular time. I don’t favor removing the 3rd St. boat launch but do like other parts of the project. I…

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Brent: Cops Aren't Need For Most Calls 

Brent Andrews: With the exception of the calls at 4:55 -- relating to gunfire -- and perhaps 5:48 -- a fire department issue, obviously -- all of these (Scanner Traffic items) seem like nothing to bother the government about. I find it ironic that folks…

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.