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

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a Billings police officer who fatally shot an unarmed robbery suspect this week shot and killed another man who failed to comply with orders last year. Authorities identified Officer Grant Morrison as the person who shot 38-year-old Richard Ramirez during a traffic stop Monday night. In February 2013, Morrison shot 32-year-old Jason James Shaw during a confrontation outside a suspected drug house.

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Police say three people bilked Anaconda casinos out of $2,100 by doctoring receipts. The Montana Standard reports two men appeared in court yesterday and an arrest warrant has been issued for a woman. Anaconda police say in one case, a receipt for an 80-cent payout was modified to say $800.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A NorthWestern Energy executive says the utility would have to walk away from a $900 million deal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana if forced to make changes recommended by the state Consumer Counsel. NorthWestern vice president John Hines says the company would go to the open market to get more power if the deal with PPL Montana falls through, driving up rates.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014. The Billings-based company this week also announced the resignation of Kevin Shiell, vice president of mining operations since 2011. No reason was given except that Shiell would be pursuing other interests.

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