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Department of Justice Warns that Internet Gambling Illegal in Montana

HELENA — An ad that appeared in the classified section of a daily Montana newspaper Friday encouraging people to invest in an on-line gambling casino could create some problems, Gambling Control Division administrator Gene Huntington said.

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County Water Districts Subject to State Audit Requirements

HELENA — In an opinion issued Wednesday, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded that county water districts in Montana are local government entities subject to the reporting and auditing requirements contained in state law.

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Crime Lab Toxicology Section Earns Accreditation

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath said Wednesday that the toxicology section of the state’s crime lab in Missoula recently received accreditation by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists (ABFT). The Montana lab becomes just the 14th in North America to receive the accreditation.

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Online Access to Vehicle Registration Information Convenient and Secure

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath announced today that Montana businesses now have access to vehicle record information online. The Vehicle Search service is available to banks, credit unions, car dealerships, insurance companies and other businesses that are authorized to access the information.

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McGrath, MSPOA, Big Brothers Big Sisters Announce Partnership

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath Wednesday announced the creation of a youth mentoring partnership between the Montana Department of Justice, the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana.

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State Solicits Comments on Clark Fork Restoration Work Plan

HELENA — The state is seeking public comment on the latest round of funding recommendations for projects designed to restore the Upper Clark Fork River Basin, Restoration Program chief Carol Fox said Monday.

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Services Limited at Driver License Stations Sept. 15-19

HELENA — From Sept. 15-19, driver-licensing stations throughout Montana will offer only license renewals and duplicates. Dean Roberts, administrator of the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Justice, said the staff members who give driving tests will be at mandatory training sessions.

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Consumers May Benefit From Drug Antitrust Case

HELENA – Patients who took the medication Cardizem CD or its generic equivalents between 1998 and early 2003 may be entitled to reimbursement from the proposed settlement of an antitrust case. The deadline to file claims related to the case is Sept. 23.

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McGrath: Victim Services Sees Increase in Claims, Restitution

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said this week that figures compiled by the Office of Victim Services and Restorative Justice demonstrate improved service and compensation to victims of violent crime.

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Fire Marshal’s Office Participates in FEMA Kids’ Fire Safety Campaign

HELENA – Acting State Fire Marshal Allen Lorenz said this week the Montana Department of Justice is taking part in the “Prepare. Practice. Prevent the Unthinkable” campaign of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Lorenz said the campaign aims to raise awareness about the increased risk of young children dying in a fire, and to teach parents and caregivers how to avoid that tragedy.

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