Yearly Archives 2001

State: Contractor Fails to Deliver Electronic Reporting System for Gambling Machines

HELENA – The Montana Attorney General’s Office Friday filed a complaint in district court against Lodging & Gaming Systems, Inc., GAMET and Steve Urie, president of both corporations. The suit follows months of state efforts to get the Reno, Nevada company to fulfill its contract obligation to deliver a system to connect video gambling machines to a central computer system.

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Montana Receives Federal Grant for Improved Justice Information Technology Programs

HELENA – Montana is one of 26 states to receive more than $16 million in grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will help connect information networks and allow law enforcement officials, court administrators, corrections officers and others to share relevant justice information.

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State Fire Marshal Announces Coffee Maker Recalls

HELENA – Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips Wednesday announced the recall of two types of coffee makers due to the risk of fire damage and consumer injury.

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McGrath Elected to Executive Board of Western Attorneys General Group

SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath was elected Wednesday to the four-member executive board of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. The election came at the close of CWAG’s annual meeting at Sun Valley, Idaho.

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McGrath Files Friend-of-Court Brief in Sex-Offender Treatment Case

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, urging the high court to overturn a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that could weaken sex offender treatment programs in prisons nationwide.

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State Fire Marshal Announces Recall of Backpack Blowers

HELENA – Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips announced Tuesday that five companies are recalling backpack blowers due to potential fuel leaks. More than 50,000 of the blowers were sold beginning in December 1996.

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Nineteen Highway Patrol Recruits Graduate

HELENA – Nineteen students graduated Friday from the 39th Montana Highway Patrol Recruit Academy, after 14½ weeks of training designed to prepare them for a career with the Patrol.

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As Independence Day Approaches, Fire Marshal Cautions Montanans

HELENA – With Independence Day just a few days away, Montana Fire Marshall Terry Phillips Friday warned of the risks of injuries and fires related to fireworks.

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McGrath: Year-to-Year Lease Agreement Does Not Create Municipal Debt

HELENA – In an opinion released Thursday, Attorney General Mike McGrath said a lease agreement proposed by the City of Great Falls does not create a debt for the city that would fall within local government debt limits. The opinion also said a city-wide election is not required for such a contract.

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U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down Inmate’s Request for Review of State High Court’s Decision

HELENA – On June 18, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition from Montana death row inmate Ronald Allen Smith asking the high court to review a Montana Supreme Court decision.

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