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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula woman has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison on drug charges in an interstate methamphetamine distribution case that's led to at least two other convictions. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell in Helena handed down the sentence last week against 33-year-old Barbara Jean Satrom. Authorities alleged Satrom and another woman sold meth for a Washington state man who was arrested last year after entering Montana with four pounds of the drug.

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A contractor has sued Montana's environmental agency alleging public health is being put at risk by the state's failure to crack down on the improper disposal of a common and potentially deadly building material. Ingraham Environmental of Butte said in a lawsuit reported Sunday by the Montana Standard that asbestos is being dumped in open air sites at landfills. That poses a danger to landfill workers and anyone who breathes in the air around the dumps, the company says.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Russell Fagg, a just-retired district judge in Billings and a former state legislator, said Saturday he will seek the Republican nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Fagg made his announcement in Billings after stepping down this week from the Yellowstone County District Court bench.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal plan to let hunters shoot trumpeter swans has drawn fire from some of the people who toiled to bring the majestic white birds back from the brink of extinction. Trumpeter swans have made a comeback thanks to efforts to reintroduce them. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan aimed at letting hunters shoot them in states that allow the hunting of tundra swans, a more numerous species.

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