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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 22, 2019

Montana at 5:45 p.m.

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COAL-CLIMATE CHANGE

BILLINGS — The Trump administration’s decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions. That conclusion from the Bureau of Land Management comes after a judge ruled last month the administration had failed to consider the environmental effects of resuming coal sales from public lands. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 530 words, photos.

MONTANA TROOPER SHOT

MISSOULA _ A Montana Highway Patrol trooper who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shot three times was released Wednesday from a Utah hospital after his wife gave emotional thanks to the medical team and supporters. Trooper Wade Palmer, 35, was wounded in the neck, face and head on March 15 while investigating a shooting in Missoula a few hours earlier that killed one person and wounded two others. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OF MONTANA INTEREST:

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

WASHINGTON _ U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments that were recommended by his predecessor, but that it’s ultimately up to President Donald Trump. The comments at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee meeting are the latest indication that recommendations to shrink two monuments in Oregon and Nevada and change rules at six others remain relegated to backburner status as the White House deals with other issues. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Brady McCombs. SENT: 660 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PHARMACIST-CRIMINAL ENDANGERMENT _ A Montana man was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended for holding a pharmacist at gunpoint.

_ CARNIVAL WORKER-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A former carnival worker has been found guilty of sexually assaulting four people during Montana State Fair in Great Falls last summer, including a 13-year-old girl and an off-duty special victims unit detective.

_ GLACIER PARK-BELTON CHALET _ An adventure travel company that owns several destination hotels has purchased the historic Belton Chalet in Glacier National Park.

_ MOUNTAIN LION KILLED _ Montana wildlife officials have killed a mountain lion that was found off a busy street near downtown Helena.

_ SOLDIER’S REMAINS RETURNING _ The remains of a World War II soldier from Gallatin County are returning to Bozeman to be buried with full military honors.

_ RAFTING DEATH _ A boat operator was killed in a rafting accident in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

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