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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 23, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LEGISLATURES-MONTANA

HELENA _ An outside investigation found that a Montana legislator sent a female lawmaker harassing text messages in 2017, leading the Democrat to resign his committee chairmanship before it could be stripped from him, a former House speaker said Friday. The Legislature’s Legal Services Office released a redacted copy of the March 2018 investigative report by Great Falls attorney Jean Faure that recommended legislative leaders take action against the lawmaker who sent the texts between August and October 2017 before the harassment could happen again. By Amy Beth Hanson and Matt Volz. SENT: 860 words, photo.

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IN BRIEF:

_ SKI RESORT DEATH _ A 9-year-old boy died after hitting a tree at a ski resort in southwest Montana.

_ POWER PLANT FUTURE _ A Montana Senate committee has advanced a measure that would allow NorthWestern Energy to buy out the five other owners of the troubled Colstrip coal-fired power plant for $1.

_ APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE _ Officials say they don’t suspect the fire that razed an apartment complex in Bozeman was deliberately set.

_ BLACKFEET RESERVATION-HUMAN REMAINS _ Federal agents say human remains found on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana appear to be of historical origin.

_ BILLINGS HOSPITALS-CAPACITY _ Officials say hospitals in Billings are seeing an unusually high number of patients.

_ SLAG PLANT-ARSENIC POISONING _ State health officials have ordered a slag plant in western Montana to shut down after at least two workers showed signs of arsenic poisoning.

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