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Judge Halts Pipeline Construction
The Glasgow Courier reports a federal judge in Great Falls on Thursday halted construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and vacated a 2017 presidential permit issued by the U.S. State Department. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris wrote that the State Department’s analysis …
Price Assets Frozen
A federal judge in Virginia this week ordered a freeze on all assets of the developer of a massive Billings mansion on the grounds that he defrauded multiple investors of nearly $18 million. 38-year-old Larry Price Jr. allegedly engaged in financial transactions for personal gain while raising money…
WA Pimp Gets Five Years
The Gazette reports that a federal judge in Billings on Thursday sentenced a Washington state man to five years in prison for bringing women to Montana to work as his prostitutes. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters called the operation run by defendant, 24-year-old Andrew Rivera of Tacoma, sophistica…
Montana Man Denied Request to Withdraw Plea
An Anaconda, Montana man and Oregon federal refuge occupier Ryan Payne, has been denied a request to withdraw his guilty plea by a federal judge.  U.S. District Judge Anna Brown ruled Wednesday that Payne’s plea in the Oregon case wasn’t, as his attorney argued, …