On today's morning newscast: An independent review of a half-dozen infant and child autopsies by a former Montana associate medical examiner has found serious deficiencies in how they were conducted.
A District Court judge has heard arguments on the constitutionality of the state's method of lethal injection. State attorneys and representatives for Montana's two death-row inmates debated yesterday whether an execution drug risks undue pain and suffering.
In general fires in northwestern Montana are being held in check by the thick layer of smoke over the area. The Sheep fire that’s been threatening the town of Essex just south of Glacier National Park for a week now hasn’t grown significantly. Essex remains on pre-evacuation alert, but Fire Information Officer Jonathan Moor says conditions for the last few days have been favorable enough that fire crews have been able to clean up ground fuels that could drive the fire into Essex.
The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state doesn't start releasing information about children who die of abuse and neglect, but Montana officials say a state confidentiality law prevents them from releasing the information. Montana officials sought a change in the law earlier this year, but no bill was passed before the legislative session ended.
Plans to visit Missoula this weekend, but don't have a room booked yet? If so, you're either out of luck or you'll be paying a premium. The Garden City will host not only the first University of Montana home football game of the season, but also the hugely popular River City Roots Festival.