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KXLH Evening Top News – Wed Feb 4

Posted at 7:35 PM, Feb 04, 2015

 Top stories on KXLH for the evening of Wednesday, February 4:

-The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a request by Barry Beach for a new sentence. Click here for details.

-Patricia Dawn O’Neill, a former Jefferson County Treasurer accused of embezzling from the county, pleaded not guilty to the charge in Jefferson County District Court Wednesday. Click here to read more.

-Heather R. Norris, of Helena, appeared in Lewis & Clark County Justice Court Wednesday, accused of trying to rob a Winnie Avenue pharmacy Tuesday. Click here for details.

-Missoula District Judge Ed McLean ordered that the sentencing hearing for Markus Kaarma will remain set for February 12 at 9:00am. Click here for the story.

-A House committee has tabled a bill that would have officially ended Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage. The House Judiciary Committee vote ended in a 10-10 tie this morning, meaning House Bill 282 will not advance to the House Floor.

-A bill to implement the state’s water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes was heard before the Montana Senate Wednesday. Click here for more information.

-The Montana Senate narrowly took a step toward allowing guns on Montana’s college campuses. Senate Bill 143, which would bar the Board of Regents from making many gun rules, passed with a 25-24 vote.

-The University of Montana’s Economic Outlook continued its tour of Big Sky Country with a stop in Bozeman Wednesday. Montana State University President Waded Cruzado talked about the significant impact MSU – the state’s largest university – has had on economic growth; adding 250 faculty members alone in the last 3 years.