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Racist podcaster still sending hateful robocalls, this time in Georgia

A racist robocall that circulated last week in the Atlanta, Georgia, area appears to be the work of a white supremacist who recently moved from Sandpoint to Libby, Montana.


Company in legal fight with Montana halts mine cleanup work

An Idaho mining company notified environmental regulators Tuesday that it was halting reclamation work at a closed silver and copper mine in northwest Montana, amid a legal fight with the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Montana searches for probationer, woman in danger

A state judge has issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of a probationer who is believed to have left northwestern Montana with a woman who may be in danger.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017

Special Montana court to oversee hundreds of deadly asbestos claims

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the creation of a special court to oversee hundreds of claims filed on behalf of people who became ill or died following exposure …


Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials turn their focus …


Idaho man falls into northwestern Montana river, drowns

An Idaho man has drowned after falling into a river in northwestern Montana while visiting and photographing a scenic spot.


Deadline nears for asbestos work in contaminated Libby

Residents of a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning have until the end of the month to contact environmental officials to …


Lawsuit challenges approval of Spokane company-sponsored Montana copper, silver mine

Environmentalists are challenging U.S. Forest Service approval of a $500 million copper and silver mine in northwest Montana, citing concerns from state officials that it could drain surrounding waterways and …


Asbestos-contaminated Montana town has cleanup plan approved

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have died due to asbestos …


Spokane County to pay EPA $100,000 for soil tests at vermiculite site

Spokane County will pay more than $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for soil testing costs at a former asbestos processing site in the West Central neighborhood. The agreement between …


EPA blamed for delays in Libby asbestos studies

BILLINGS – Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency last week for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where …


Ruling stalls Montana mining project

A Montana court ruling has added a legal roadblock to plans by a Spokane company to develop a large silver and copper mine in northwest Montana, including a portion that …


Tiny Montana town reaches milestone in asbestos cleanup

BILLINGS – Grass and freshly planted trees are sprouting in a new town park that sits atop the site of a vermiculite plant that once spewed asbestos dust across the …


Grace proposes Libby medical trust

KALISPELL, Mont. – A proposed settlement in the W.R. Grace and Co. bankruptcy case would pay $19.5 million into a trust for people sickened by asbestos exposure from the company’s …


Judge OKs $43 million for Libby asbestos victims

A state judge has approved a $43 million settlement for more than 1,000 asbestos victims who said the state failed to warn Libby residents about the dangers of a nearby …


Libby clinic receives $10 million grant for screenings

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says a clinic in Libby, Mont., has secured a $10 million, four-year federal grant to screen people for asbestos-related disease.


Lawmakers pressure EPA on Montana town’s cleanup

BILLINGS – Montana’s congressional delegation is seeking assurances from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the government will not leave the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby before its cleanup is complete. …


Study will track Libby graduates’ health

Researchers have embarked on an ambitious study to track the health of thousands of high school graduates over a half century in a Montana town where a toxic mine has …


Libby official alleges EPA fraud

BILLINGS – A city councilman in Libby said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency owes the asbestos-plagued Superfund community $2 million for the demolition of several contaminated buildings. The city-owned …


Five-year study launched on Libby asbestos impacts

Medical researchers have started a five-year investigation into the long-term health effects of human exposure to asbestos-tainted vermiculite ore in Libby, Mont.


EPA studying dangers near old Zonolite factory

Respirator-wearing technicians from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were back testing for asbestos this week near W.R. Grace’s former Zonolite factory in Spokane. During soil testing in June, the agency …


EPA continues asbestos testing in West Central

Additional asbestos testing is taking place today near W.R. Grace’s former Zonolite factory in Spokane. EPA officials want to know if routine activities – such as shoveling dirt or raking …


Editorial: Libby action slightly better late than never

If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to declare a public health emergency in Libby, Mont., sounds familiar, it’s because the feds were seemingly on the verge of doing that …


Agency declares health emergency in polluted Libby

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Wednesday it will pump more than $130 million into a Montana town where asbestos contamination has been blamed for more than 200 deaths. EPA …


EPA declares health emergency in Libby

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has declared a public health emergency in a contaminated community, targeting a Montana town Wednesday for immediate federal attention.


In brief: Final Grace trial charges dropped

MISSOULA – Federal prosecutors Monday moved to dismiss charges against the final defendant in the Libby asbestos trial, a month after a Montana jury acquitted several of his former co-workers. …


Jury acquits Grace, executives in asbestos case

W.R. Grace & Co. and three former executives were acquitted Friday of federal charges that they knowingly allowed Libby residents to be exposed to asbestos from the company’s vermiculite mine …


Closing arguments begin in asbestos trial

Closing arguments in the W.R. Grace & Co. environmental crimes trial are under way in U.S. District Court in Missoula.


Grace asbestos trial under way again

MISSOULA – Testimony in the W.R. Grace environmental crimes trial resumed Tuesday after a federal judge refused to dismiss charges alleging the company and four former executives knowingly concealed health …


Grace judge slams prosecutors

MISSOULA – The federal judge considering motions to dismiss charges in the W.R. Grace asbestos case told prosecutors Monday that they “presented discombobulated allegations and you don’t understand the evidence …