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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

November 14, 2018

Montana at 1 p.m.

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MONTANA LEGISLATURE-CAUCUSES

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Republicans on Wednesday picked their leaders for the upcoming legislative session with a focus on laying the groundwork to take back the governor’s office in 2020. Senate President Scott Sales of Bozeman will return to his position after fending off a challenge from his No. 2 in the 2017 legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville. By Matt Volz And Amy Hanson. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.

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DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY-CITIES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The report was conducted over the past year amid worry in tribal communities and cities that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers, despite a lack of available government data to identify the full scope of the problem. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 720 words. AP Photos.

ALSO OF MONTANA INTEREST:

EPA-METHANE

DENVER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only public hearing on the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Nearly 125 people have asked to speak at the daylong session in Denver on Wednesday. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 130 words, photo, national lines. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MALMSTROM-COMMANDER REMOVED — The commander of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been relieved of his command for maintaining an “unhealthy command climate.” The 341st Missile Wing’s Inspector General investigated after several complaints were made against Lt. Col. Raymond Fortner.

DEPUTY’S VEHICLE SHOT — Law enforcement officers in the Helena area are looking for three men after someone fired shots at a Jefferson County deputy’s vehicle as the officer tried to make a traffic stop on Interstate 15 south of Helena. The vehicle was hit several times just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the officer was not injured.

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