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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 27, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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GRIZZLIES AND WOLVES

BILLINGS — Galvanized by court rulings protecting grizzly bears and gray wolves, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday pushed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act despite strong objections from Democrats and wildlife advocates who called the effort a “wildlife extinction package.” Republicans began with a morning vote in the House Natural Resource Committee to strip protections from gray wolves across the contiguous U.S. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 920 words, photos.

With: GRIZZLIES AND WOLVES-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— COAL TRAIN DERAILMENT — Montana Rail Link officials say about 40 cars of a coal train derailed in south-central Montana, closing the main rail line.

— MISSOULIAN PUBLISHER — Lee Enterprises has reversed its decision to hire a Gatehouse Media sales executive as its regional publisher for western Montana.

— MINE PIT-WATER TREATMENT — Atlantic Richfield says the company has begun construction on a water treatment plant for the Berkeley Pit in Butte.

— TED NATT AWARD — The Oregonian/OregonLive is the winner of the 2018 Ted Natt First Amendment Award for its commitment to fighting for access to public records and the principles of open government.

— KILLING WOLVES — Washington state officials have determined that wolves from a pack in northeast Washington have injured five additional calves, and they continue efforts to kill some pack members.

— PEDESTRIAN FATAL-PLEA — A woman has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge related to a crash that killed a 20-year-old pedestrian on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

— 2018 ELECTIONS-MONTANA SENATE-ROSENDALE — Donald Trump Jr. urged Bozeman residents to send Republican Matt Rosendale to the U.S. Senate because he will support the president’s agenda.

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