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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 11, 2019

Montana at 1 p.m.

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SUPERFUND SITES

As President Donald Trump and Congress battle over Trump’s demand for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the 3-week-old partial government shutdown has stopped federal work on Superfund sites except for cases in which the administration deems there’s “an imminent threat” to human life or property. In Montana, for instance, state officials this month found themselves fielding calls from a tribal member worried about drinking water with a funny look to it, said Kristi Ponozzo, public-policy director at that state’s Department of Environmental Quality. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Kim Chandler. SENT: 1,170 words, phtoos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

OGDEN, Utah _ Many government employees are trying to make ends meet during the partial government shutdown. Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado said Thursday that she would not take her paycheck as long as federal workers were unpaid. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, another Colorado Democrat, said his staff would offer free breakfasts and lunches to unpaid federal workers at his district office in suburban Denver starting Friday. By Brady McCombs and Juliet Linderman. SENT: 829 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

BATHER ARRESTED _ Authorities in northwestern Montana say a bathing woman refused to get out of the tub for sheriff’s deputies with an arrest warrant and punched one of them in the face. The Daily Inter Lake reports 24-year-old Krystal Dawn Shears has been charged with assault on a peace officer. She is being held on $10,000 bond.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA PRESIDENT-NATIONAL GUARD _ University of Montana President Seth Bodnar has been sworn in to the Montana Army National Guard.

TROOPER LAWSUIT _ A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper is suing the owner of a truck that turned in front of his patrol car, causing a head-on crash. Rodney Miears and his wife Marian, of Cody, sued in federal court Dec. 31. They say the Sysco Montana driver violated safe driving practices.

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