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State: U.S. Supreme Court Review of Case Unnecessary

HELENA – In a brief filed Monday with the United States Supreme Court, the State of Montana argues that high court review of a case brought by mining company Canyon Resources is unnecessary.

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McGrath Opinion Addresses Public Meetings, Public Comment

HELENA – In a formal opinion issued today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that members of the public have a right to comment at public meetings of a city council, and the public participation requirements of state law apply to city governments as well as state agencies.

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McGrath: State Receives $260,000 from DIRECTV Settlement

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Wednesday that the state has received $260,000 from satellite television company DIRECTV as part of a 22-state, $5 million settlement.

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McGrath: Christensen Joins Department of Justice’s Prosecution Services Bureau

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath announced this week that Chris Christensen has joined the staff of the Department of Justice Prosecution Services Bureau as a workers’ compensation fraud prosecutor.

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Governor Approves Seven Restoration Projects

HELENA – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has approved funding for seven restoration projects in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin for a total of approximately $7.4 million in 2006 and $1.1 million in 2007. The seven projects approved for funding, subject to certain conditions, are:

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McGrath: County Commissioners Can Offer Employees Pay in Lieu of Benefits

HELENA – In a formal opinion issued Monday, Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a board of county commissioners can legally offer county employees pay in lieu of benefits.

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McGrath Announces New Program to Aid Identity Theft Victims

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday announced that victims of identity theft can now apply for a special identity theft passport from the Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services.

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AG: Public Defender, Commission Have Discretion Regarding Hiring, Retention

HELENA – In a formal attorney general’s opinion released today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that the Office of the Public Defender and the Public Defender Commission have complete discretion to decide how to hire employees to provide criminal defense services.

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Motor Vehicle Division: Be Wary of Hurricane-Damaged Vehicles

HELENA – In the aftermath of hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, state consumer protection and motor vehicle officials are warning Montana consumers about hurricane-damaged cars flooding the used car market – even in Montana.

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State Solicits Comments on Restoration Plan for the Clark Fork, Blackfoot Rivers near Milltown Dam

HELENA – The state is seeking public comment on the October 2005 Restoration Plan for the Clark Fork River and Blackfoot River Near Milltown Dam, in an effort to develop the best blueprint for restoring the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers in coordination with proposed remediation at the Milltown site.

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