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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 6, 2019

Montana at 3:20 p.m.

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MONTANA LEGISLATURE

HELENA, Mont. _ Neither Republicans nor Democrats want Montana to be the first state to end its Medicaid expansion program, but the parties have different opinions about how it should continue as the 2019 Legislature begins its session Monday. Democrats are calling the state’s first three years under Medicaid expansion a success that has benefited the state’s economy and its health care system, while the Republicans who hold majorities in both the House and Senate say they have concerns the program is being misused and want to close some perceived loopholes. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 830 words. AP Photos.

SHUTDOWN-YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

BOZEMAN, Mont. _ As the sun rose over the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Linda Carney bent over a toilet, windshield scraper in hand. “It’s the plumber’s daughter in me,” she joked, having used the scraper to remove frozen human waste from the side of the toilet. By Abby Lynes, Bozeman Daily Chronicle. SENT: 370 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

WASHINGTON _ The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. SENT: 280 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

RESERVATION-BODY FOUND _ More than 350 people attended the funeral of a 14-year-old Native American girl found dead on Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. The funeral for Henny Scott was held Saturday at the Lame Deer High School gym.

DEADLY AVALANCHE _ Authorities in Montana say a 35-year-old snowmobiler was killed Saturday afternoon in an avalanche near Choteau. The Great Falls Tribune reports that emergency crews responded to a 4:07 p.m. call that a member of a snowmobile party was missing after the avalanche at Waldron Creek.

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