NEWLYWED MURDER TRIAL
Jury selection begins in newlywed killing case
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Jury selection is underway in the murder trial of a newlywed bride accused of pushing her husband from a cliff in Glacier National Park just days after their wedding.
Jordan Graham has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and making a false statement to authorities in the death of Cody Johnson.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said Monday he hoped to get the trial to the jury within the next five days.
Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Graham and the 25-year-old Johnson had been married for eight days when they argued over her doubts about the marriage.
Federal prosecutors will attempt to convince jurors that Graham deliberately pushed Johnson to his death, while Graham's lawyers will ask jurors to believe that she was only trying to remove his hand from her arm when he fell.
TEACHER RAPE CASE
Groups say censure for Montana judge not enough
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Advocates for women say a Montana judge's acknowledgement that he mishandled a teacher-student rape case does not go far enough.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh says he deserves to be censured for saying the 14-year-old victim appeared "older than her chronological age" at the rapist's sentencing on a probation violation.
But representatives of two chapters of the National Organization for Women say Baugh should be removed from the bench.
The groups said in a weekend filing with the state Judicial Standards Commission that Baugh's actions showed prejudice against the young, Hispanic victim.
The commission meets Tuesday in proceedings closed to the public. It has not said if it will act on complaints against Baugh.
Separately, an appeal is pending before the Supreme Court on the monthlong prison sentence that Baugh handed down in the case.
Traffic, construction hurts Amtrak's performance
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - An increase in freight traffic and hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements on BSNF Railway tracks across North Dakota and Montana combined to make Amtrak travel less-than-reliable in recent months.
The Flathead Beacon reports the eastbound Empire Builder, which travels from Chicago to Portland and Seattle, had a zero percent on-time performance during October.
BSNF spokesman Matthew Jones says one of the main reasons for the delays are track improvements being made in the railroad's northern route between the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.
Jones says there are also more oil trains and general freight trains running across the Hi-Line.
Jones says the track repairs are wrapping up. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the railroad is expecting to be able to improve its on-time performance.
Plane makes hard landing at Kalispell, 2 injured
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A twin-engine airplane carrying five passengers made a hard landing at Glacier Park International Airport near Kalispell, injuring two people on board.
Airport director Cindi Martin says the Beech Baron arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, made a hard landing and veered off the side of the runway.
One of the passengers was seriously injured and another suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Martin said officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive Monday to begin an investigation.
FAA records indicate the airplane is registered to KSZT LLC in Sandpoint, Idaho. Air Idaho Charters of Sandpoint has a photo of the plane on its website. A phone message left with the company Monday was not immediately returned.
WOUNDED WARRIOR-HUNTING ACCIDENT
Man injured during Wounded Warrior duck hunt
DILLON, Mont. (AP) - Officials in Beaverhead County say a man helping with a Montana Wounded Warriors program duck hunt over the weekend was injured when he was hit below the eye with bird shot.
Sheriff Jay Hansen says Jason Baker shot a duck Saturday afternoon near Dillon. While retrieving the duck, another hunter from the same party shot at a low-flying group of ducks and bird shot hit Baker just below the eye.
Baker was treated in the emergency room at Barrett Hospital in Dillon and then taken to Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Hansen says Baker told his office on Monday that he was doing well and planned to get back to work and the Wounded Warrior program soon.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.