- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

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LAWSUIT FILED OVER OIL TRAINS:

Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. The lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics says the agency failed to respond to a legal petition the groups filed in July. That petition sought an emergency order to prohibit crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana and elsewhere from being carried in older tank cars

FIRE SEASON FIZZLES:

A fairly mild wildfire season in Montana has led to the lowest spending on firefighting efforts in a decade. Bob Harrington of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said the 251 fires so far this year is close to the five-year average, but the 20 square miles of land burned is just 12 percent of the five-year average.

MAN ACCUSED IN LETTERMAN PLOT FREED:

A man who was accused of plotting to kidnap talk show host David Letterman’s young son and nanny nine years ago was released from a Montana prison on Thursday, state corrections officials said. Kelly A. Frank was heading to Las Vegas, where he will live under the supervision of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.

EXCHANGE STUDENT SLAYING TRIAL TO STAY IN MISSOULA:

The trial of a man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage will remain in Missoula. District Judge Ed McLean rejected a second motion by defense attorneys to move the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma.

SEARCH ON FOR HUNTER IN CRAZY MOUNTAINS:

Park County authorities are searching for a 38-year-old hunter who was reported missing in the Crazy Mountains. Undersheriff Scott Hamilton said Aaron Joseph Hedges’ last radio contact with friends was Sunday afternoon.

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