July 6 Montana News Briefs

Friday, July 6, 2018

Commissioner appeals ruling on university rape case records

MISSOULA (AP) — The Montana Commissioner of Higher Education is appealing a judge’s order to release redacted student records to author Jon Krakauer. The Missoulian reports attorneys with the Montana University System filed a notice of appeal Thursday, planning to petition the state Supreme Court to overturn the ruling on records involving the university system’s handling of a rape allegation at the University of Montana. District Judge Mike Menahan had reviewed the documents, ruling in March that they could be released with certain redactions while still maintaining student privacy. Krakauer had sued for the records to learn why Commissioner Clayton Christian had overturned a campus decision to expel a quarterback for violating the school’s code of conduct. The player was later acquitted of a rape charge.

Woman killed by train near Arlee

MISSOULA (AP) — A 57-year-old woman has died after being struck by a train in western Montana. The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred about 8:35 a.m. Thursday 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south of Arlee, just south of the Lake County line. Arlee is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Missoula on U.S. Highway 93, which the Missoulian reports closely parallels Montana Rail Link tracks at the point of the collision. The woman’s name was not immediately released.