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Nineteen Highway Patrol Recruits Graduate

HELENA – Nineteen students graduated Friday from the 39th Montana Highway Patrol Recruit Academy, after 14½ weeks of training designed to prepare them for a career with the Patrol.

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As Independence Day Approaches, Fire Marshal Cautions Montanans

HELENA – With Independence Day just a few days away, Montana Fire Marshall Terry Phillips Friday warned of the risks of injuries and fires related to fireworks.

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McGrath: Year-to-Year Lease Agreement Does Not Create Municipal Debt

HELENA – In an opinion released Thursday, Attorney General Mike McGrath said a lease agreement proposed by the City of Great Falls does not create a debt for the city that would fall within local government debt limits. The opinion also said a city-wide election is not required for such a contract.

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U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down Inmate’s Request for Review of State High Court’s Decision

HELENA – On June 18, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition from Montana death row inmate Ronald Allen Smith asking the high court to review a Montana Supreme Court decision.

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McGrath Appoints Seven to Crime Lab Advisory Council

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath recently appointed seven new members to the advisory committee that oversees the state’s crime lab.

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Budget Adjustment Keeps Driver License Stations Open

HELENA – Department of Justice officials announced Friday that a significant budget adjustment worked out in collaboration with the state’s Office of Budget and Program Planning means 23 driver license stations slated for closure July 1 will remain open.

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Budget Shortfall Forces Closure of Driver License Stations

HELENA – Twenty-three driver license stations will close and office hours or staff will be reduced in another four stations on July 1 because of substantial budget reductions made by the 2001 Legislature and an upgrade of the division’s field employees, Motor Vehicle Division administrator Dean Roberts announced Friday.

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McGrath Joins Case for Reasonable Electric Rates

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Monday joined a California lawsuit urging the federal government to set just and reasonable wholesale electricity rates for Montana businesses and consumers.

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McGrath to Court: Public Comment on Roadless Rule Substantial

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Wednesday joined the legal debate on the proposed federal roadless regulation by asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the rules adopted by the Forest Service last year.

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McGrath Hires Solomon for Public Information Position

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath has hired Lynn Solomon as a part-time public information officer.

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