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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

June 12, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

BLACKFEET WATER SETTLEMENT

WASHINGTON — The chairman of Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Tribe and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are expected to sign an agreement finalizing a $470 million settlement of the tribe’s water rights claims. The Blackfeet water compact has been more than 30 years in the making.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

MONTANA BUDGET-MEDICAID CUTS

HELENA — A group of Montana nursing homes and assisted-living facilities sued the state on Monday to halt cuts to their reimbursements for providing care to Medicaid patients, cuts that have caused other Medicaid providers to curtail services or close altogether. The state Department of Public Health and Human Services cut the Medicaid provider reimbursement rates in January as part of spending reductions across state government aimed at closing a budget shortfall. By Matt Volz. SENT: 600 words.

MONTANA-SENATE

HELENA — Republican Matt Rosendale won’t participate in a debate against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester because it was scheduled on Father’s Day, his campaign spokesman said Monday. Sunday’s debate in Whitefish was to be sponsored by the Montana Broadcasters’ Association. Rosendale spokesman Shane Scanlon said the debate was scheduled and organized without any input or agreement from the Rosendale campaign. By Matt Volz. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GRIZZLY KILLED — Wildlife officials say a Pennsylvania man shot and killed a 500-pound grizzly bear while he was hunting for black bears in northwestern Montana.

— GREAT FALLS SHOOTING — Cascade County prosecutors believe a weekend shooting in Great Falls was a murder-suicide.

— DISABLED INMATES-SETTLEMENT — U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch of Missoula said he would approve a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the ALCU of Montana over conditions for Montana State Prison inmates with disabilities

— MINE PERMIT — State officials have suspended the operating permit for an idled mine south of Helena after its owner failed to post sufficient bonds to cover potential reclamation costs.

— MONTANA-FATAL CARJACKING — Police in Billings say an elderly man was abducted and killed during an attempted carjacking.

— PROSECUTORS APPEAL DISMISSAL — Missoula County prosecutors are appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss a domestic abuse case after she received late notice of a plea agreement.

— MISSING BOATER — Missoula County officials have suspended the search for a 70-year-old man who is missing after falling into the Clark Fork River from a drift boat.

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