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Montana takes shot at federal gun control

HELENA – Montana is trying to trigger a battle over gun control – and perhaps make a larger point about what many folks in this ruggedly independent state regard as …


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 …


Judge to hear dismissal motion in Grace case

A federal judge in Missoula planned a hearing Monday on a motion to end the W.R. Grace trial, in which the company and five former executives are accused of knowingly …


Grace judge excludes prosecutors’ exhibits

MISSOULA – The judge in the environmental crimes trial of W.R. Grace and Co. has excluded all but seven of the 53 exhibits that prosecutors recently submitted as evidence. Columbia, …


Grace tried to make products safe, witness says

MISSOULA – Defense attorneys in the W.R. Grace & Co. criminal trial sought to emphasize Thursday in cross-examining a government witness that former Grace executives, through research and product testing, …


Grace judge weighs disputed testimony

MISSOULA – The federal judge in the W.R. Grace & Co. trial said Wednesday that a key government witness may have perjured himself. “He came as close as I would …


Report: Pilot asked to divert, gave no reason

A preliminary report released Thursday on the Montana plane crash that killed 14 people two weeks ago said the pilot twice asked air traffic controllers to divert from the flight’s …


Pair of Montana Democrats may be gun lobby’s best allies

HELENA – Two Montana Democrats are leading the charge against gun control – and forcing former political foes to recognize that Democrats could be their strongest allies while the party …


Former employee helped delay asbestos studies

A former W.R. Grace & Co. executive has testified that he helped the company delay a federal health study of the Libby vermiculite mine.


Former Grace chemist: Tremolite sickened hamsters

A former chemist for W.R. Grace & Co. says he oversaw a 1976 study in which hamsters were injected with asbestos-laced vermiculite from Libby.


W.R. Grace tested vermiculite on hamsters, chemist testifies

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. Over …


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 …