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Department of Justice Issues Decision on Changes to Benefis Operating Agreement

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath Monday issued a decision on a request from Benefis Healthcare to change its certificate of public advantage (COPA). The order allows the Great Falls healthcare center to exclude investment income from its revenue cap and add 1 percent to the inflation index used to calculate allowable revenues in 2002, 2 percent in 2003 and 2.5 percent in 2004 and 2005. The inflation increase approved is less than Benefis requested.

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Georgetown Lake Land Acquisition Completed

HELENA — The State of Montana has purchased 363 acres adjoining Georgetown Lake for public recreational use and natural resource preservation, Carol Fox, restoration chief of the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program announced Tuesday.

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McGrath Appoints Kennedy, Murnion to Gaming Advisory Council

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath has appointed Pam Kennedy of Kalispell and Nick Murnion of Jordan to the Gaming Advisory Council.

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Department of Justice Expands Training for DUI Enforcement

HELENA – About 400 people are expected to take part in horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) training this week in Billings, Helena and Missoula. Participants in the training include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges and others.

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McGrath Honors Rancher for Assisting Patrol

BILLINGS — Attorney General Mike McGrath on Friday presented Park City rancher David Robertus with a Montana Highway Patrol Colonel’s Meritorious Service Award. Robertus was honored for assisting Patrol Officer David Munson in arresting a Colorado couple wanted for a string of carjackings.

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Gambling Control Division Ends Settlement Agreement with LGS

HELENA — The Gambling Control Division of the Montana Department of Justice announced Friday that it has terminated its settlement agreement with Lodging and Gaming Systems (LGS) of Reno, Nevada and its subcontractors — the companies under contract to develop the state system to monitor video gambling machines.

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McGrath Debuts AMBER Alert System

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath announced the activation of a Montana AMBER Alert child abduction recovery plan Tuesday at a press conference at the Department of Justice. McGrath was joined by Rep. Chris Harris (D-Bozeman), John Onstad of the Montana Lottery and representatives of the Montana Broadcasters Association and local law enforcement.

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Agencies Take Part in ‘Sweep’ to Serve Domestic Violence Warrants

HELENA — Law enforcement agencies across Montana Friday took part in a sweep to serve outstanding warrants on charges related to domestic violence.

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McGrath: City Employees Assigned to Staff Planning Board are Supervised by City Manager

HELENA — A planning director and staff hired by a city and delegated under contract to also serve as staff to a city-county planning board may legally be supervised by the city manager rather than the planning board, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded in an opinion issued Thursday.

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State Fire Marshal Announces Workshop on Children Who Set Fires

HELENA – State Fire Marshal Terry Phillips said Wednesday that his office will play host to a workshop on preventing fires set by children. Phillips said Montana is one of eight states to receive funds to host the workshop.

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