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North Dakota, Montana counties settle on inmate bill

   GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A yearlong dispute between two counties in
neighboring states has come to an end, with officials in North Dakota agreeing
to pay part of the hospital bill of a fugitive who was arrested in Montana.
   The Great Falls Tribune reports that commissioners in Montana's Cascade
County approved the settlement with Burleigh County in North Dakota on Friday.
   The dispute began in 2011, when Thomas William Meloy walked into a Great
Falls jail and said he was wanted in North Dakota for charges including passing
bad checks.
   Shortly after he was taken into custody, he began to complain of serious
medical issues and was hospitalized, with a bill of about $25,000.
   Under the settlement, Burleigh County will pay about $9,000 of the bill.
   Information from: Great Falls Tribune,
   AP-WF-12-08-12 1927GMT

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