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Montana News - AP

Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press 

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 23-year-old Billings man is charged with breaking into a house owned by his grandmother, changing the locks and living there without permission. The Gazette reports Ryan Dennis Guy was arrested Tuesday after his grandmother reported him to police. Prosecutors say Guy was under the influence of drugs and had several warrants for his arrest.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Cascade County jury has awarded $4.3 million in damages to a BNSF Railway employee who was injured in a 2011 train collision caused by a switching error. The Great Falls Tribune reports conductor Michael Schnittgen was injured when the train he was on crashed into a parked maintenance train due to a switching error. BNSF acknowledged it was negligent but questioned the extent of Schnittgen's injuries.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — An Idaho truck driver convicted in a fatal crash in North Dakota has been sentenced to serve three years in prison. A jury in August convicted Clark Christensen of negligent homicide for the May 2013 crash that killed 21-year-old Megan Shoal, a Minot State University student from Plentywood, Montana.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A nonpartisan race for Montana Supreme Court is taking on a distinctly partisan edge. Challenger Lawrence VanDyke is trying to cast Justice Mike Wheat as a liberal activist judge. Wheat says the money battle is a sad sign.


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