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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 5, 2019

Montana at 3:30 p.m.

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IN BRIEF:

MADISON RIVER REGULATIONS _ A committee charged with offering a proposal to regulate recreation on one of the most popular rivers in Montana has disbanded.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-LEWIS AND CLARK CENTER

GREAT FALLS, Mont. _ Before he was an 80-year-old man in buckskins talking Lewis and Clark, Mike Labriola was a boy dazzled by World War II fighter pilots. He dreamed of aeronautical accomplishments, but instead Labriola will be best remembered in Great Falls for his work promoting the local Lewis and Clark story. By Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune.

EXCHANGE-SCOUTS-GIRLS

BOZEMAN, Mont. _ When 11-year-old Rose McCarter first joined Scouts BSA and got her uniform, the organization’s old name, Boy Scouts of America, was embroidered over the shirt pocket. So Rose hid the word Boy under a heart-shaped pin, to make it read Scouts of America. By Gail Schontzler, Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

ENERGY ROYALTIES

BILLINGS — Federal officials cancelled without explanation all upcoming meetings of an advisory panel that had been created by the Trump administration to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from publicly leased land and offshore sites. The Royalty Policy Committee was established two years ago by former Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke. Its goal was to eliminate obstacles to drilling and mining faced by oil, natural gas and coal companies while ensuring a fair return to taxpayers. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 470 words.

WILDFIRE PROJECTIONS

SPOKANE, Wash. _ Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday. California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the northern part of the state last year that destroyed the town of Paradise, killing more than 80 people. It was the nation’s worst death toll from a wildfire in a century. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 370 words, photos.

WILDLIFE KILLING-LAWSUIT

BOISE _ A federal agency says it will conduct an extensive environmental study on its decision to expand the killing of wolves and other predators in Idaho attacking livestock to also include predators attacking deer and elk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a government notice says it anticipates taking public comments this month to prepare the environmental impact statement. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 500 words.

SPORTS BETTING-MONTANA

HELENA, Mont. — Montana became the first state to legalize sports betting this year after Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Friday for the state lottery to oversee a system of wagering through kiosks and mobile applications that could be running by fall. By Matt Volz. SENT: 643 words, photos.

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