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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 26, 2019

Montana at 1 p.m.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION-MONTANA

HELENA, Mont. _ Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey is proposing changes to his Medicaid expansion bill to address concerns that its requirements could cause tens of thousands of Montanans to lose their coverage. Legislative lawyers also question the constitutionality of a provision requiring Hutterite colonies to pay the state’s share of Medicaid expansion cost for their members, but he is not proposing changes to that provision. A lobbyist for some Hutterite colonies said the colonies support the requirement. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 390 words.

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MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN _ A bill meant to help missing persons investigations in Montana has stalled. The measure failed to advance out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday on a 5-5 vote.

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PRUITT-ETHICS

WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released Tuesday that federal authorities never resolved whether Pruitt’s condo deal with the wife of a lobbyist was a proper business arrangement or an improper gift linked to a lobbyist who did business with the EPA. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 420 words, national lines. AP Photos.

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MONTANA FLOODING _ A 60-mile (96-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Montana remains closed because of flooding. The highway was shut down between the town of Hardin and the Wyoming border and an additional 10 miles (16 kilometers) on the Wyoming side because of rapid snow melt and ice jams along the Little Bighorn River in Montana.

PEDIATRICIAN-ABUSE CHARGES-TASK FORCE _ The Trump administration is creating a task force to investigate how an Indian Health Service doctor was able to sexually assault children in his care. The White House announced Tuesday that the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System will be co-chaired by President Donald Trump’s domestic policy adviser and the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

UNIVERSITY PRESCHOOL-ASBESTOS-CARE RESTART _ Child care service is expected to resume this summer in a University of Montana hall after an asbestos contamination is repaired. The Missoulian reported Monday that the university will return child care services to McGill Hall after asbestos-removal renovations are completed in July.

SPORTS:

BKC--NAIA-CARROLL-GEORGETOWN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Carroll College meets Georgetown for the NAIA championship on Tuesday night. For the first time in Carroll’s 107-year history that it will play for the national title. Game starts 6 p.m.

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