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Highway Patrol Recruiting New Officers

HELENA — The Montana Highway Patrol is currently recruiting for officers who would begin a 14½-week training school next March.

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McGrath: Counties Can Increase Mill Levy to Make Up Funds Lost in Switch to Flat Fee

HELENA – In an opinion issued Tuesday, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded that Montana counties may increase their mill levies to make up for funding they lost when the 2001 Legislature changed the way county revenues are handled.

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County Attorneys’ Association Elects Executive Board

HELENA – Yellowstone County Attorney Dennis Paxinos was elected president of the Montana County Attorneys’ Association at the group’s annual criminal law training program and business meeting held recently at Fairmont Hot Springs.

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McGrath: State Will Not Appeal Sherlock Decision on Referendum

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Friday that the State will not appeal the recent district court decision that reversed his determination on a proposed ballot measure. The referendum, proposed by Reps. Michelle Lee of Livingston and Christopher Harris of Bozeman, challenged House Bill 474, an energy bill passed by the 2001 Legislature.

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State: Contractor Fails to Deliver Electronic Reporting System for Gambling Machines

HELENA – The Montana Attorney General’s Office Friday filed a complaint in district court against Lodging & Gaming Systems, Inc., GAMET and Steve Urie, president of both corporations. The suit follows months of state efforts to get the Reno, Nevada company to fulfill its contract obligation to deliver a system to connect video gambling machines to a central computer system.

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Montana Receives Federal Grant for Improved Justice Information Technology Programs

HELENA – Montana is one of 26 states to receive more than $16 million in grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will help connect information networks and allow law enforcement officials, court administrators, corrections officers and others to share relevant justice information.

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State Fire Marshal Announces Coffee Maker Recalls

HELENA – Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips Wednesday announced the recall of two types of coffee makers due to the risk of fire damage and consumer injury.

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McGrath Elected to Executive Board of Western Attorneys General Group

SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath was elected Wednesday to the four-member executive board of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. The election came at the close of CWAG’s annual meeting at Sun Valley, Idaho.

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McGrath Files Friend-of-Court Brief in Sex-Offender Treatment Case

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, urging the high court to overturn a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that could weaken sex offender treatment programs in prisons nationwide.

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State Fire Marshal Announces Recall of Backpack Blowers

HELENA – Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips announced Tuesday that five companies are recalling backpack blowers due to potential fuel leaks. More than 50,000 of the blowers were sold beginning in December 1996.

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