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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 7, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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WOLVES-US PROTECTIONS

BILLINGS _ U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the authority to hold wolf hunting and trapping seasons. It was announced Wednesday by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at a wildlife conference in Denver. By Matthew Brown and John Flesher. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION

HARTFORD, Conn. _ A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs. As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the near-universal scientific consensus that global warming is real, dire and man-made. By Michael Melia. SENT: 570 words, photos on national lines.

With: CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

_ ASSAULT CHARGE DROPPED _ A sex assault charge against a Montana man has been dropped because a judge has ruled that the man did not get a speedy trial.

_ FACEBOOK RAPE CASE-MONTANA _ A 22-year-old Montana man has been charged with raping a middle school-aged girl he met through Facebook.

_ LOGGING PROJECT _ A group of logging opponents has offered the highest bid in the auction of a timber sale in southern Montana.

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