SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) - The sister of a Montana high school teacher killed while jogging two years ago says death for the assailants "is not the ultimate goal." Rhonda Whited-Rupp says she only cares that the two men arrested for killing Sherry Arnold stay in prison. The trial for 24-year-old Michael Keith Spell is in doubt as experts evaluate whether he is fit for trial due to a mental disability. Accomplice Lester Van Waters Jr. has already pleaded guilty.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A state judge has rejected arguments that Montana's legislative districting commission wrongly met in private earlier this year to assign senators. The judge ruled yesterday that the Districting and Apportionment Commission didn't break any laws. Some residents in a district that covers Lewistown and other nearby towns are upset at being assigned a Democratic holdover senator from another area.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Searchers were forced to suspend an air search for a private plane that disappeared Sunday in the mountains of central Idaho. Authorities said yesterday bad weather forced a search-aircraft to cease action but a ground search of the wilderness near Yellow Pine continued. Fifty-one-year-old Dale Smith, of San Jose, Calif., was flying the single-engine plane to Butte, Mont., with four family members.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state says that tax collections and revenue remain steady and are up slightly over last year. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports general fund revenue collections for the fiscal year starting July 1 are $10.3 million through November. That is 1.5 percent ahead of the same timeframe last year.
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