Montana Says GM-Mining Talks To Resume

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says General Motors Co. has agreed to hold talks with a mining company that the automaker recently dropped as a supplier.

GM canceled its precious metals contract with Columbus, Mont.-based Stillwater Mining Co. last month as part of a government-backed bankruptcy reorganization.

The move brought a quick backlash from Schweitzer and members of the state's congressional delegation. They criticized the Detroit automaker for retaining contracts with two overseas suppliers in Russia and South Africa.

Schweitzer said Thursday that GM CEO Fritz Henderson told him talks with Stillwater would take place next week.

As a result, the Democratic governor says he will start driving his Chevy pickup again. He parked the truck when the contract was canceled.

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