Tuesday: Financial Fraud, Miles City Damage, Astronaut Underwear

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Harry Houdini.

On the Beacon today, securities and financial fraud are on the rise in Montana. With less pocket change due to the recession, more and more gamers are staying out of casinos in Montana. Contestants in the Colgate Country Challenge have their sights set on a career in music. An eastern Montana state senator is trying to prevent Yellowstone bison from being able to go anywhere in the state other than the national range in Moiese. And in the W.R. Grace trial, a former employee says he warned company executives of the asbestos hazard back in 1976. The bears in Glacier National Park are waking up!

Yesterday’s fire in Miles City destroyed at least nine buildings in the historic downtown. Authorities are looking into icing on the wings as the chief cause of the recent plane crash near Butte. David Letterman married his girlfriend in Choteau over the weekend. The first bill in the state Legislature to mitigate property tax reappraisal drew significant opposition yesterday. Some are questioning whether a dinner hosted by Monsanto with a state senate committee considering a bill the agricultural biotech giant opposed broke any of the state’s lobbying laws. And Geoff Gamble plans to retire as president of Montana State University.

Finally, Japanese astronauts are trying to develop a stink-free underwear to be used on space stations. Have a great day.

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