BILLINGS (AP) — A Yellowstone County judge has held the director of Montana's Office of the Public Defender in contempt of court and fined the agency up to $10,000 for failing to immediately assign public defenders in criminal cases he has referred to the office.

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced a rule Tuesday that encourages schools to give parents final say on whether children should wear facial coverings after several large districts imposed mask requirements amid surging COVID-19 infections in the state.