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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 10, 2019

Montana at 3 p.m.

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IN BRIEF:

MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE _ The school district where a former Montana high school trainer allegedly sexually abused students says it wasn’t aware of abuse and followed proper reporting procedures when allegations did arise. The claim came Wednesday in a motion by the Miles City school district asking a judge to dismiss some of the allegations made in a lawsuit by former students concerning James “Doc” Jensen, Jr.

MSU ROOF COLLAPSE _ A second gym roof has collapsed at Montana State University as officials had expected. The North Gym’s roof collapsed Saturday evening, two days after the student fitness center’s South Gym gave out following heavy snowfall.

GLACIER PARK-RESERVATIONS _ Glacier National Park is changing how it administers backcountry camping reservations this year. The park says it will use a “modified lottery system” that will process requests on opening day in a randomly sequenced order. After that, reservations will be taken in the order they’re received.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

WOLVES-US PROTECTIONS

BILLINGS _ U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the authority to hold wolf hunting and trapping seasons. It was announced Wednesday by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at a wildlife conference in Denver. By Matthew Brown and John Flesher. SENT: 830 words, photos.

WILD HORSE PASTURES

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ If you ever wished to gaze at a stomping, snorting, neighing panorama of Western heritage from your living-room window, now could be your chance. A classic image of the American West — wild horses stampeding across the landscape — not only has endured through the years but has multiplied past the point of range damage. Through May 3, the U.S. government is seeking more private pastures for an overpopulation of wild horses. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 840 words. AP Photos.

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