HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials are condemning a new delay in the decision whether to approve construction of an oil pipeline from Canada. The U.S. State Department said Friday it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline. Part of the pipeline would run through Montana, and reaction was swift from Democrats and Republicans. Democratic U.S. Sen John Walsh called on President Barack Obama to show leadership and end the uncertainty by making a decision. Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines accused the Obama administration of basing its decision on politics.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A former Havre priest has denied federal charges that allege he stole nearly $65,000 that was donated to St. Jude Thaddeus Church. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Dale Yurkovic pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and money laundering during an April 8 hearing before U.S. Magistrate Keith Strong in Great Falls. Yurkovic's trial is set for June 18.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early resignation after being named U.S. ambassador to China may have bolstered Democratic prospects of retaining the seat they've held for a century, thanks to the value of incumbency. Baucus' China appointment allowed Montana's Democratic governor to name his lieutenant governor, John Walsh, to fill the suddenly vacant Senate seat.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed attorney Michael Glen Moses as a Billings district judge. Moses will take the place of Susan Watters, who resigned in December to become a federal judge. Moses, who is 61, has been in private practice in Billings since 1978 and specializes in criminal law.
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