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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 13, 2019

Montana at 1:10 p.m.

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HELENA _ The Montana legislature will be taking up a bill that Gov. Steve Bullock says will close a loophole in a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to spend money to influence elections. Bullock said Wednesday the bill will outlaw foreign spending in Montana elections by preventing foreign corporations, governments and nationals from hiding behind domestic shell companies to make contributions to political action committees. By Amy Hanson. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

Congressional Democrats and tribal leaders are renewing criticisms of President Donald Trump for scaling back two national monuments in Utah following a wider review of lands protected around the country by past presidents. Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee said during a hearing Wednesday in Washington that the 2017 national monument review had a predetermined outcome and didn’t take into account tribal interests despite some of the lands being sacred to them. By Brady Mccombs and Matthew Brown. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

FORMER INTERIOR SECRETARY _ A government watchdog says former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn’t engage in illegal political activity when he went to Pennsylvania about a year ago to announce federal grants shortly before a special House election.

911 CALLS-CELLPHONES _ Some cellphone users in parts of Montana have been having problems making emergency calls. The disruption for Verizon Wireless customers dialing 911 has been reported in Billings and Bozeman.

SCHOOL CHOICE _ Three Montana parents are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a state court’s decision to end a tax credit program for private school scholarships because it would have benefited religious schools.

SPORTS:

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BOISE, Idaho _ Montana State meets Idaho in the Big Sky Conference tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Game starts at 2:30 p.m.

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