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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 14, 2019

Montana at 7 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

CHILD PROTECTION BILLS

HELENA _ Montana lawmakers will consider three child protective services bills, including one requiring a child be in danger of serious bodily injury or starvation before he or she can be removed from a home.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

MEDICAID EXPANSION-MONTANA

HELENA _ Tens of thousands of people would lose their health care coverage and the state’s administrative costs would increase if a proposal to change Montana’s Medicaid expansion program becomes law, a study released Wednesday said. The draft of a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey called for adding work requirements, increasing premiums and making other changes to the program that enrolls about 95,000 low-income adults. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 600 words.

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and girls. The legislation calls for state-funded task forces and other actions amid deepening concerns that law enforcement agencies lack the data and resources to understand the scope of the crisis. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 670 words, photos.

LAST CARIBOU-LAWSUIT

SPOKANE, Wash. — Environmental groups said Wednesday they plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states. The handful of remaining animals were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of efforts to save the southern Selkirk Mountains herd, which were located in a remote part of northern Idaho and Washington state. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 450 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-STEVE BULLOCK _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is traveling to Iowa this week, his fifth trip to the Hawkeye State since he began exploring a possible 2020 presidential run last year.

_ COLD CASE RAPE _ Montana prosecutors have charged a man in a case dating back to 1998 in which a woman was raped and had her throat slashed.

_ SCHOOL BUS-ACCIDENT _ An accident involving a school bus in eastern Montana sent seven people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

_ UM ENROLLMENT _ Enrollment continues to decline at the University of Montana but the decline has slowed. The university counted 10,644 students for the spring 2019 semester.

_ STATE HOSPITAL-GERIATRIC CARE _ A survey of a state hospital in western Montana identified a number of deficiencies in the treatment of geriatric patients, including unsanitary practices and inadequate care and staffing.

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