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Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Montana resigns

billingsgazette.com — Pat Haggarty, the superintendent of Catholic Schools in Montana, has resigned. Kathy Harris, the director of marketing for Billings Catholic Schools, confirmed the resignation Thursday. Earlier this year, Haggarty and the Diocese of Helena defended its decision to fire an unwed Butte Central teacher because she was pregnant.

Behavior problems at library present new challenges

billingsgazette.com — As the Billings Public Library serves more and more new customers, librarians have detected new and sometimes unforeseen problems from people who they say are among the newest library card carriers. "There is a whole group of people who want to be here in the new building, but don't have much experience being here," library director Bill Cochran said Wednesday.
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Family works to spread word in hopes of finding missing man

billingsgazette.com — Several months ago, Joe Kelly drove up to the Montana Department of Transportation's office here in Billings ready to go to work. The problem was, he'd been retired for more than a year. That night in February, Kelly had forgotten he no longer worked in the highway department and had shown up for work just like he'd done for the last 30 years.

Commission hears testimony, including from judge, on 2 complaints against Billings lawyer

billingsgazette.com — A Billings lawyer with a track record of disciplinary problems and who is to be publicly censured next week by the Montana Supreme Court faced a state panel on two more misconduct complaints on Thursday.
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After 7 hours of deliberation, jury unable reach verdict in sexual assault trial

billingsgazette.com — After seven hours of deliberation, a jury was unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the trial of a Billings man charged with two counts of felony sexual assault. Prosecutors charged Ryan Wayne Morris, 42, with twice sexually assaulting an underage girl between September 2012 and June 2013.
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Idaho Green primes for biggest gig yet

billingsgazette.com — Imagine if someone took a sledgehammer to Paul Simon's record collection. That might capture some of the anger behind the pop and garage rock that Idaho Green can cook up. The band is based in Billings and Missoula, consisting of five Senior High buddies who have been jamming together since their freshman year of high school.

UM names new journalism school dean

billingsgazette.com — MISSOULA - The University of Montana has hired National Public Radio correspondent Larry Abramson as the new dean of the School of Journalism. The university issued an internal memo to faculty and staff at the close of business Wednesday announcing the appointment.

83-year-old man accused of pulling gun on officers

billingsgazette.com — HAMILTON - Police say an 83-year-old Hamilton man pointed a gun at officers who had been called to perform a welfare check on him. John Curtis Hjelter was arrested and charged with assault on a peace officer and assault with a weapon. He appeared Monday before substitute Justice of the Peace Jennifer Ray.
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Nurse convicted of sex with inmate changes plea to witness tampering

billingsgazette.com — BUTTE - A former corrections nurse convicted for having sex with an inmate at a detention facility has foregone a May trial for trying to threaten a witness in that case. Tisha Ann Brunell, 45, changed her plea to guilty in Anaconda district court Wednesday afternoon on a charge of solicitation to tamper with a witness.
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High school juniors take ACT for free

billingsgazette.com — Every public high school junior in Billings - and across the state - took the ACT college entrance exam Wednesday free of charge. Normally, students pay a fee ranging from $45 and $97 to take the test. However, offering the ACT at no cost opens doors to students who might not otherwise consider college.