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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - An investigation into the operation of one of the Missoula County justice courts found the judge was frequently absent, had employees walk her dog, put court fees in an unlocked box on her back porch and offered no training to new hires. The Missoulian reports Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen declined to comment on the report that was requested by county commissioners after complaints about high turnover among Andersen's staff.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana family has donated $1.8 million to upgrade an 86-year-old auditorium in the Great Falls Public Schools system. The Great Falls Tribune reports the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation on Monday announced the donation from Ian and Nancy Davidson to upgrade the auditorium at Great Falls High School. The donation will be used to finance the architectural and engineering design, equipment purchases and construction costs associated with a massive upgrade for the facility.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Two areas in northern Montana are in moderate drought condition, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The rest of the state remains near normal. Last year at this time most of the eastern side of the state was at least considered slightly dry, with a large portion of northeastern Montana listed as extremely dry.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Investigators say a man and a woman who were found dead inside a Helena home were apparently shot. The Independent Record reports officers dispatched to the home Monday morning found a 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman dead. The victims' names have not been released, and investigators have not detailed the circumstances of the shooting. Police say they are not actively looking for a suspect, and there is no concern for public safety.

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