HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The commissioner of political practices has dismissed a complaint accusing a Republican senator from Great Falls of coordinating his 2010 campaign with a secretive conservative group. Commissioner Jonathan Motl says there is insufficient evidence to find Sen. Ed Buttrey illegally coordinated with Western Tradition Partnership. The complaint was filed this February.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Six people have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trafficking methamphetamine from California to the Northern Plains. They're among 11 people arrested in March. FBI affidavits described an operation that shipped more than 2 pounds of meth to suspects in Billings and Roundup, Mont., and Rapid City, S.D., this year. A multi-count indictment was filed Friday but remains sealed.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 29-year-old man died and his 31-year-old passenger was injured in a motorcycle crash near Sidney. The Montana Highway Patrol says the motorcycle was southbound on a county road when it drifted onto the shoulder. The patrol says the driver over-corrected, the motorcycle went off the road and both men were thrown from the bike. Their names have not been released.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - State health officials are reminding Montana residents to take steps to avoid hantavirus, which can be contracted when cleaning out cabins or sheds where infected deer mice may have been living. When cleaning areas where rodents may nest, officials recommend using rubber or plastic gloves and spraying or soaking the area with a mixture of bleach and water to reduce dust and disinfect the area.
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