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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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Temporary Change in Havre Driver License Office Schedule

HELENA – According to Anita Oppedahl, bureau chief of the Motor Vehicle Division’s Field Operations bureau, the hours of the driver license office in Havre will be reduced for the remainder of the year because of a staffing shortage.

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McGrath: State Crime Lab Receives Accreditation

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath announced Friday that the State Crime Lab has been formally accredited through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Lab Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). McGrath made the announcement in a press conference at the Lab in Missoula.

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McGrath Urges Seatbelt Use as Fatalities Break 200 Mark

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Monday asked all Montanans to wear their seatbelts and drive defensively in an effort to curb the state’s rising fatality count.

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McGrath: FDA Announcement Supports State’s Position

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Tuesday that an announcement that the Food and Drug Administration will be changing animal-feed regulations as a defense against the spread of mad cow disease supports the state’s position that the importation of Canadian cattle into this country should be put on hold.

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