Tuesday: Kalispell Police Lawsuit, Farm Bills, Cat in Bong

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Square Root Day!

On the Beacon today, a Bigfork financial advisor believes investors should reassess their 401(k) savings plans after a rough 2008. A Kalispell man is suing the police department, saying two officers used excessive force when they arrested him in 2006 – it is the second set of charges filed against these two particular officers in five months. Government witnesses who are victims of asbestos exposure have waived their right to observe the W.R. Grace trial in Missoula over the Libby contamination. A new report shows Montana’s prison population is growing rapidly, with one in 44 Montanans in the prison system.

The late Paul Harvey, talk radio icon, was fired from his first job at a radio station in Missoula. The calls for economic stimulus are resulting in some environmental protections being rolled back in states like Montana, in the name of job creation. Farm and ranch groups, as the Legislature enters its second half, are hoping lawmakers can deliver on several bills key to the agriculture industry. And a Butte company has invented a kind of half-football its marketing to college programs that can be used as a training tool; you kind of have to see it to believe it.

And check out this moron in Nebraska who stuck his cat inside his bong in order to calm it down. It didn’t work. Have a great day.