Montana Department of Justice

A pair of bills intended to increase privacy in the digital age are making their way through the Montana legislature. They were each heard today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote on them later.

Bills On Privacy While Driving Heard At The Montana Legislature

Feb 9, 2015
Montana Legislature

Today at the Montana Capitol, legislators heard about privacy.

Brian Kahn talks with Dana Toole, Bureau Chief of the Children's Justice Bureau in the Montana Department of Justice, and Rep. Jenny Eck, member of the Montana Legislature. The topic: initiatives at the DOJ to improve how the department responds to victims of child sexual abuse, and prevention strategies.

State Lawmakers Consider Increased Sentences For Felony DUI

Jan 15, 2015
Montana Legislature

State lawmakers are considering a bill to give judges an additional tool for repeat DUI offenders.

House Bill 111 could increase the sentence for a felony DUI conviction. A felony DUI is a 4th or subsequent conviction.

Currently these offenders serve a 13 month sentence that may not include treatment.

Montana Department of Justice

Anyone opposing, supporting or just curious about the pending sale of Missoula’s Community Hospital will have a chance to weigh in next week.

Billings Clinic and RegionalCare Hospital Partners are buying the non-profit Medical Center for over $67 million; that’s if the deal is approved by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Spokesman John Barnes says the AG's office isn't legally required to hold public forums on the proposed sale.

Scott Davidson (CC-BY-2.0)

Law enforcement officers from Montana and 14 other states are stepping-up patrols of over 56-hundred miles of highway for the next several days.

I-90 and I-94 are two of the nation's most highly-traveled and dangerous interstates.

From August first through the fourth over the past three years, I-90/94 averages:

Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the fifth of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

A Friday night at J Dubs Bar and Grill in Williston, North Dakota begins and ends with flashing multi-colored lights, thumping dance music and crowds of young men with money to spend.

"A lot of testosterone, (there’s) a lot of testosterone being thrown around in this town,” said 24-year-old Williston-native Nathan Kleyer.

Dan Boyce

The Montana Department of Justice launched a poster campaign Thursday aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking in the state. Five-thousand of the posters will be put up in rest stops and other public locations around the state.

A bill passed by the state legislature created the poster campaign.They are written in both English and Spanish and highlight a toll free number to a national help line and a Q-R code for smart phones.