BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has died after being shot by police officers following a car chase. Authorities said the man also rammed into police cars and ignored officers' orders before being shot. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John told local media that police received a call late Friday about a man ramming into a car and officers tried to chase the suspect.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Documents released Friday show a Montana congressman misled investigators about his assault on a reporter and claimed that the "liberal media" was "trying to make a story" out of it. They say Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte told an officer after the attack that Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor. Multiple witnesses contradicted that account, and Gianforte later pleaded guilty to assault.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana State University's President is promising that faculty and staff won't be furloughed though the state university system faces $4.5 million in budget cuts. Montana lawmakers wrapped up a special session this week intended to fill a state budget shortfall. The Montana University System anticipated a $44 million budget cut without a special session.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving tax exemptions for claiming a California house as his primary residence. San Diego County property assessment chief Jeffrey Olson says the Republican candidate and his wife have received a tax break worth about $76 annually since buying a house in Fallbrook, California in 2005. Downing's campaign manager says he's been a full-time Montana resident since 2009 and any California tax breaks since then would be repaid.
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