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Montana Highway Patrol Starts Annual Recruitment

HELENA — The Montana Highway Patrol is recruiting officer candidates to begin the annual MHP training academy next March.

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Department of Justice Website Honored

HELENA — The redesigned website of the Montana Department of Justice received two awards during the recent gathering of the Conference of Western Attorneys General at Park City, Utah.

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McGrath Named Chair of Western Attorneys General Group

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath today was elected chair of the executive board of the Conference of Western Attorneys General at the group’s annual meeting at Park City, Utah.

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McGrath: Wage Benefits for Injured Police Officers Should Encourage Return to Work

HELENA — In an opinion released Tuesday, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded that cities have an obligation to pay officers injured in the line of duty for an aggregate of one year. The opinion held that the one-year period may include numerous periods of disability that total one year, even if the duration of the disability has been interrupted by a return to work and extends beyond a calendar year from the date the officer was injured.

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McGrath Sues Over Energy Costs

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath on Monday filed suit against several major energy companies doing business in the western U.S. The suit alleges that energy consumers in Montana were defrauded out of millions paid in excessive rates during, and since, the “energy crisis” of 2000 and 2001.

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State to Receive More Than $354,000 from Tobacco Case Settlement

HELENA — Montana’s general fund will receive a payment of about $354,000 under the terms of a settlement reached by tobacco manufacturer Brown & Williamson in a case that alleged the company under-reported its tobacco production figures. The cash payment is part of a larger settlement worth more than $150 million nationwide.

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Libby Driver Exam Station to Reopen

HELENA — Officials with the Motor Vehicle Division of the state Department of Justice said Monday that the Libby driver exam station will reopen Wednesday, June 18. The station had been closed since the first of the year.

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Stream Access Secure: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Access Case

HELENA — The United States Supreme Court Tuesday denied a request to review a case involving Montana’s 1985 stream access law.

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McGrath: DNA Analysis Clears Prisoner of 1987 Rape, Remains Imprisoned on 1989 Rape

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday released DNA findings that indicate Montana State Prison inmate Paul Kordonowy did not commit one of two rapes for which he was imprisoned. However, Kordonowy remains in prison for a 1989 rape to which he plead guilty.

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McGrath Appoints Three to Crime Lab Advisory Council

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath recently appointed three new members to the advisory council that oversees the state’s crime lab. New members of the Forensic Science Laboratory Advisory Board are Gene Arnold of Thompson Falls, Patrick Boylan of Corvallis and Ed Sheehy of Missoula.

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