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When the roughly 10 percent of adult Montanans with a substance-use disorder commit a crime, the state lacks enough drug courts to help them stay out of incarceration and navigate treatment. That’s according to a new report on Montana treatment courts released Thursday.

Most, about 90 percent, of those Montanas with a substance-use disorder aren’t receiving treatment for their illness.

The town of Libby.
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Montana’s Supreme Court has appointed six more judges to the state’s year-old asbestos claims court.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the Libby asbestos disaster hit national news, but many Montanans affected by it are still fighting for reparations in the courts, with no end in sight.

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The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday struck down a 2015 state law allowing tax credits for donations to private religious schools.

The court’s 5-2 ruling voids the dollar-for-dollar tax credit, up to $150, which passed, largely along party lines, out of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Judge: Missoula Can Require Checks On Private Gun Sales

Oct 11, 2018
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Eric Whitney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says the city of Missoula has the right to impose background checks on private gun sales within the city.

District Judge Robert Deschamps' ruling Thursday comes two years after the city council passed a first-in-the-state ordinance requiring background checks for gun purchases from private, unlicensed sellers.

Nicky Ouellet

If you lived in the Flathead Valley and wanted or needed to abort a pregnancy in the past four years, the closest clinic was more than 100 miles away in Missoula, Great Falls, Helena or Billings.

Montana Green Party's Ballot Benefactor May Remain Unknown

Sep 14, 2018
Montana Green Party
Montana Green Party

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Whoever bankrolled the effort to qualify the Montana Green Party for this year's state ballot may get away with remaining unknown because the state's campaign disclosure laws do not address anonymous groups funding certain signature gatherers.

Montana Green Party Challenging Ballot Signature Rules

Aug 14, 2018
Voters cast ballots at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, May 25, 2017.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Green Party is challenging a state law that governs minor party ballot access.

In a complaint filed in federal court Monday, the party is challenging the March 15 submission deadline and the requirement that a minimum number of signatures be gathered in 34 of 100 legislative districts.

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is asking the Montana Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that removed Green Party candidates from election ballots this November.

The appeal notice filed Wednesday challenges a ruling earlier this month from a district court in Helena that sided with the Montana Democratic Party, which argued the Green Party illegitimately gained access to the ballot.

Voters in Clinton, Montana, cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch / UM School of Journalism

Montana’s Secretary of State plans to ask the state Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s decision this week ordering the Green Party off this fall's ballots.

The Montana Supreme Court today unanimously denied a request by the Montana Mining Association to toss out a proposed ballot initiative for being legally insufficient to put before voters.

Sponsors are collecting signatures for the initiative to require future mines to submit reclamation plans that don't require the perpetual cleanup of polluted water after the mines close.

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