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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 25, 2018

Montana at 1 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

State officials exasperated by a judge’s decision to prohibit hunting and restore federal protection for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region are considering their next move. By Mead Gruver. Upcoming.

ELECTION 2018-MONTANA SENATE

Matt Rosendale used donations earmarked for past campaign debt to instead boost his 2016 campaign for Montana auditor, then he dropped the penalties the donors’ company was facing once he took office, according to agency and campaign records. Upcoming.

TRIBES-OIL-DRILLING

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has reinstated an oil and gas lease on land in northwestern Montana that’s considered sacred to some Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C. said in a late Monday ruling that President Barack Obama’s Interior Department improperly canceled the 6,200-acre lease adjacent to Glacier National Park in 2016. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MONTANA POLICE CHASE

BILLINGS — A Wyoming man has been arrested after leading Billings police on a 50-minute pursuit that involved 10 crime scenes, five stolen vehicles and multiple rounds of gunfire. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE— Attorneys for 18 former eastern Montana athletes who allege their high school trainer sexually abused them want to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting child sexual abuse. Attorney Dan Rice argues the current law only serves to protect child molesters after their victims reach a certain age.

BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE— A shortage of bus drivers in Montana led the Billings school district to cancel a handful of junior varsity sporting events last week. The Bozeman School District had to temporarily cancel four bus routes earlier this month and Great Falls is using a van to transport some students because a commercial driver’s license is not required.

INVASIVE MUSSELS-PREVENTION— The state’s aquatic invasive species coordinator says there have been some “gaps” in efforts to prevent the spread of invasive mussels at Tiber Reservoir, where larvae of invasive mussels were detected two years ago.

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