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State senator arrested for DUI; claims harassment

(Information in the following story is from: Great Falls Tribune,

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Tribal law-enforcement officers arrested a state senator and Blackfeet leader for driving under the influence, a charge he says has since been dropped and was politically motivated.

Outgoing Senator Shannon Augare told the Great Falls Tribune on Monday he was pulled over late last week and charged with misdemeanor DUI, eluding a police officer and speeding. He says those charges were dismissed in Blackfeet Tribal Court on Monday.

Police Chief Joshua Black Weasel would only confirm that Augare had been arrested on the reservation.

Augare says his arrest was "pure harassment," noting that Black Weasel dislikes him because he wouldn't recognize his appointment as police chief.

In May 2013, Glacier County deputies stopped Augare west of Cut Bank. The senator pleaded guilty to DUI, reckless driving and obstructing a police officer.


Media groups seek transcript from debtor's exam

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Media organizations say details of a debtor's examination undergone by Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth should be made public.

The Associated Press, Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Montana Newspaper Association submitted arguments Monday requesting that a transcript of the event be made public.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher closed the November 3rd exam in Butte at Blixseth's request after an AP reporter and attorneys from the state Department of Revenue sought to attend.

During the exam, creditors' attorneys questioned Blixseth about his assets. They are seeking to collect on a $41 million judgment against Blixseth stemming from the Yellowstone Club's 2008 bankruptcy.

Attorney Martha Sheehy representing the media organizations says the exam was a judicial proceeding and thus subject to public access.

Blixseth attorney Philip Stillman says closing the exam was appropriate.


Officials identify pedestrian killed in Billings

(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette,

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone County officials have identified a 74-year-old Billings man who was struck and killed while trying to cross the street in a crosswalk.

Coroner Lieutenant Bill Jones tells the Billings Gazette that David Clarence McDaniel died on November 17th of head trauma suffered when his head hit the pavement.

Billings Police Lieutenant Kevin Iffland says McDaniel was crossing the street at about 3:45 p.m. when he was struck. The 79-year-old man who was driving the pickup said he did not see McDaniel because his vision was obscured by the sun's glare.

Charges have not been filed against the driver.

The case is still being investigated.


Regents discuss tuition, budgets, faculty pay

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian,

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of Regents discussed proposed in-state tuition freezes, state funding and faculty pay during a two-day meeting in Missoula.

Gov. Steve Bullock told the regents his proposed budget includes a $44 million increase for the university system over the next two budget years, giving campuses enough money to meet their current levels of service without raising in-state tuition.

The Missoulian reports the presidents of Montana State University and the University of Montana said they are having difficulty recruiting and retaining quality faculty because they can make more money at similar universities in other states.

The regents approved a plan by UM to build a $14 million facility with a new football locker room and a two-story weight room. UM has $9.5 million in donations and received permission to finance up to $5 million to cover the remaining costs.


Montana's Johnson, Hermanson honored by Big Sky

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson and Griz safety Matt Hermanson are among five athletes honored as Big Sky Conference football players of the week.

Johnson, a senior from Eugene, Oregon passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 80 yards in No. 13 Montana's 34-7 win over Number 12 Montana State in the 114th meeting of the two rivals.

Hermanson, a senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota intercepted Montana State quarterback Jake Bleskin three times, becoming the first Big Sky player since 2009 to intercept three passes in a game. Hermanson also tallied eight tackles and broke up a pass in Montana's must-win game to advance to the FCS playoffs.

Idaho State running back Daniel McSurdy shared offensive honors with Johnson while Eastern Washington returner Shaq Hill and North Dakota kicker Reid Taubenheim shared special teams honors.

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