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As Independence Day Approaches, Fire Marshal Cautions Montanans

HELENA – With Independence Day just a few days away, Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips Monday reminded Montanans that fireworks and children can be a dangerous combination.

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Billings West Driver License Station to Close Wednesday

HELENA – Motor Vehicle Division Bureau Chief Anita Drews-Oppedahl announced Monday that the Billings West driver license station at Lamplighter Square will close at the end of business Wednesday, June 26. The closure comes as the Department of Justice trims its budget in the face of a shrinking statewide budget surplus.

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Driver Licensing Workers Targets for Some Angry Customers

HELENA – State of Montana Motor Vehicle Division administrators said recently that staff members at driver license bureaus increasingly have become the targets of inappropriate, sometimes hostile behavior from customers.

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Lightning Fries Phones at Title & Registration Bureau

HELENA – A lightning strike is the likely culprit that fried phone lines at the Title and Registration bureau in Deer Lodge this weekend, Motor Vehicle Division administrator Dean Roberts said Tuesday morning.

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McGrath: Three Reappointed to Gaming Advisory Council

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath has reappointed three members to three-year terms on the Gaming Advisory Council.

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Online Access to Driving Records Convenient and Secure

HELENA – Businesses and agencies that routinely check driving records can now access that information online, Attorney General Mike McGrath announced Tuesday. The Driving Record Search service is available to businesses, insurance companies and government agencies authorized to use the information.

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McGrath: Installment Bail Payment System Acceptable

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Thursday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that the Montana Constitution and Montana laws allow a municipal court judge to release a defendant under a bail bond that is paid in installments.

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Tribal Jurisdiction Roundtable Set for May 9

HELENA – The Department of Justice will host a Tribal Jurisdiction Roundtable May 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Helena at Jorgenson’s Inn.

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McGrath Forms Team to Review Domestic Violence Fatalities

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Wednesday announced the formation of a domestic violence fatality review team designed to better coordinate multi-agency efforts to protect those most at risk of domestic homicide.

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McGrath: State Receives Tobacco Settlement Payment

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Wednesday that the state has received $21.9 million, the latest payment of the 1998 tobacco settlement. The payment was the eighth Montana has received over the past four years, bringing the total compensation to the state to $91.53 million.

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