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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 24, 2019

Montana at 3:15 p.m.

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MONTANA WEATHER _ Winter storm warnings and advisories have been posted for a large part of Montana. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a winter storm warning through Monday for an area of the central and southern part of the state that includes Billings, Helena, Livingston, Great Falls and West Yellowstone.

WATER RIGHTS CASE _ A legal fight over a Petroleum County water right dating back to 1882 has landed before the Montana Supreme Court. The Billings Gazette reports that Wilks Ranch Montana, which is owned by billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks, and another water user Dan Iverson have filed a lawsuit over a senior water right along Flatwillow Creek.

SMALL PLANE-HOME _ Authorities say a flight instructor was killed when his small plane lost power and crashed into a Florida home. James Wagner was in the twin-engine plane with pilot in training, 33-year-old Timothy Sheehy of Montana, when the plane crashed into a home near Winter Haven Regional Airport on Saturday. It’s not clear who was flying the plane.

ESTONIA-WOLF RESCUE _ Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf. AP Photos.

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