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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a woman was killed and two men were injured when a minivan crashed east of Havre. The Great Falls Tribune reports the Dodge Caravan drifted off U.S. Highway 2 shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday. A 50-year-old Harlem woman was killed. The patrol says she was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt correctly.

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A Butte-based office supply company is asking the Montana Supreme Court to uphold a lower judge's ruling that the state's cap on punitive damage awards is unconstitutional. The challenge filed by Masters Group International comes after a Butte-Silver Bow judge affirmed a $52 million jury award. The jury awarded Masters $41.5 million in compensatory damages and $10.5 million in punitive damages after finding that Comerica reneged on a 2008 agreement.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Bozeman officials are proposing to spend $1.7 million a year over the next decade to upgrade its underground storm water system. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports a study found pipes that were broken, slumping, cracked and fractured along parts of the 93-mile system.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The chairman of a foundation funded by the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana says he expects the foundation's assets to grow from $40 million to more than $150 million. The Montana Healthcare Foundation began with $40.2 million from last year's sale of Blue Cross to Health Care Service of Chicago. Board chairman Denis Prager tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that could nearly quadruple as portions of Blue Cross are liquidated.

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