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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 23, 2018

Montana at 5 p.m.

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LEGISLATURES-MONTANA

HELENA —A panel of Montana lawmakers approved a revamped harassment and discrimination policy Thursday, moving the state closer to joining others that have changed their rules in response to the #MeToo movement and the growing number of sexual harassment claims against lawmakers across the nation. By Matt Volz. SENT: 544 words.

RESERVATION KILLING

BILLINGS —A U.S. judge ordered a convicted killer from Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation released from prison on Thursday after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek wept as she told the court, including the victim’s three daughters, that she had no legal basis to ask to keep Quinton Birdinground Jr. behind bars. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 611 words.

YELLOWSTONE BISON-HARASSMENT

BOZEMAN —An Oregon man who said he and his buddy were on a “last hurrah” tour through national parks before he entered alcohol treatment was sentenced Thursday to 130 days in jail for his drunken behavior, including harassing a bison that had stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park. SENT: 462 words, photo.

WILDFIRES-DRONE MAPPING

BOZEMAN — A drone assisted crews with a wildfire in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports an unmanned aircraft system was used Monday on the fire, which has burned more than three square miles (nearly eight square kilometers) in the park and on the Lee Metcalf Wilderness south of Big Sky. SENT: 218 words.

IN BRIEF:

INVESTMENT BOARD-VILLA — State budget director Dan Villa has been chosen as the next executive director of the Montana Board of Investments.

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