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HELENA — Montana lawmakers meet about the prospect of restoring some funding to state agencies that had to cut their budgets in the face of a revenue shortfall.



HELENA — Searchers are presuming that a second family member has died after their boat collided with a bridge pylon and capsized in Montana's Yellowstone River, authorities said Monday. The search for James Anderson, 15, has shifted from a rescue operation to an effort to find and recover his body, said Park County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Bichler. By Matt Volz. SENT: 370 words, photos.




MANDAN, N.D. — A North Dakota nurse staffing agency has settled a federal lawsuit over wage disputes with more than 100 nurses. Employees of Mandan-based Dakota Travel Nurse have started receiving cash payments after settling the lawsuit, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The settlement is sealed so details of the amount of compensation aren't publicly available. SENT: 260 words.


— JAILER ASSAULTED — A federal inmate being held at the Cascade County regional jail in Great Falls is charged with assaulting a detention officer over the weekend.

— POWER PLANT-OUTAGE — A judge says NorthWestern Energy is not entitled to collect $8.2 million from customers to cover the cost of an outage at Montana's Colstrip power plant.

— BILLINGS PEDESTRIAN FATAL — Police in Billings are investigating after a woman died in a weekend hit-and-run crash on the north side of the city, near Billings Logan International Airport.

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE — Cascade County fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a trailer house fire that killed one person.

— ANACONDA-SUPERFUND — The Environmental Protection Agency says an agreement has been reached over the cleanup of a century's worth of smelting waste in the southwestern Montana town of Anaconda.

— HILL COUNTY ATTORNEY — Hill County's commissioners appointed a new county attorney after the previous one resigned in the face of criticism that she failed to show up for court hearings and was unprepared, sometimes leading to cases being dismissed.

— YELLOWSTONE RIVER RESCUE — Six people were rescued from the Yellowstone River after their float party was snagged on tree roots from a logjam.


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