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MHP, Basic Training Trainees Graduate Together for First Time

HELENA – A little history will be made at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy on April 1, when law enforcement basic-training students and Montana Highway Patrol recruits graduate alongside one another for the first time.

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Attorneys General, ATF Join With Credit Card Companies to Prevent Illegal Cigarette Sales Over the Internet

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday announced a joint public/private initiative to prevent the illegal sale of cigarettes over the Internet. Participants in the initiative include attorneys general from across the country, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and credit card companies.

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State Improving Temporary Registration Permits for Vehicles

HELENA – The Montana Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division is developing a computerized process to issue a new type of temporary vehicle permit. Five car dealers are now testing that process, Motor Vehicle Division administrator Dean Roberts said Wednesday.

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McGrath, North Dakota AG: Delay Opening of Canadian Border

HELENA – Citing risks to public health and the economy, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Wednesday filed a brief supporting an injunction to keep the U.S. border closed to Canadian cattle. Five other attorneys general also signed the brief.

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Justice, Revenue Ask Papers Not to Accept Ads for Illegal Tobacco Sales

HELENA – The Montana Departments of Justice and Revenue have asked Montana newspapers not to accept advertising from companies that illegally sell tobacco products. The letter, signed by Attorney General Mike McGrath and Department of Revenue Director Dan Bucks, was sent out Jan. 28.

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McGrath: Political Speech Permitted for Public Officers, Employees

HELENA – In an opinion released Monday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that as long as public resources are not involved, a public officer or public employee may engage in political speech.

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New Online Service Makes Sexual or Violent Offender Database Available

HELENA – The Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation has made its complete database of sexual or violent offenders available through a new online service.

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Applications Available for Clark Fork Restoration Grants

HELENA – Applications for $8.5 million in 2005 grant funds for projects to restore the Upper Clark Fork River Basin are now available, Kathleen Coleman, Program Specialist for the Natural Resource Damage Program announced Friday.

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Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission Releases First Report

HELENA – Montana’s Fatality Review Commission released its first-ever report Wednesday, the same day the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a bill to extend the commission’s existence through 2008.

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McGrath: Cuts in Federal Funding Leave Drug Enforcement in Doubt

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Monday that congressional changes to federal law-enforcement grant programs seriously threaten the state’s battle against methamphetamine.

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