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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 16, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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LOCKED UP-MONTANA

HELENA _ Montana lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill to incorporate into state law a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence most criminals under the age of 18 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Rep. Zach Brown, a Democrat, told the House Judiciary Committee that his bill would prohibit such sentences and require earlier and more frequent parole hearings for those convicted of sexual or violent offenses committed when they were juveniles. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 550 words, photo.

WESTERN STORMS

SAUSALITO, Calif. _ California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts from a blitz of winter weather. Firefighters rescued a motorist who called 911 to report his car was being swept down a wash in Tucson, Arizona, by runoff from the storm, which passed through overnight. Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats. By Terence Chea and John Antczak. SENT: 630 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NATIVE AMERICANS-ABORTION _ A Montana lawmaker has apologized for telling Native American legislators that abortion is self-inflicted genocide and a plague on Indian culture.

_ SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LEGISLATURES-MONTANA _ The Montana Legislature has passed a policy to report and investigate harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving lawmakers and legislative employees.

_ ROCKIES AVALANCHES _ Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked Friday to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and undertook mitigation efforts in avalanche-prone areas.

_ GUN SAFETY-MONTANA _ A gun safety bill championed by a Helena student advocacy group was introduced in the Montana Legislature on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in a high school in Parkland, Florida.

_ COLUMBUS DAY _ The Montana House has approved a proposal to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

_ SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR RESIGNS _ The conductor of the Bozeman Symphony has resigned amid an investigation into allegations that he bullied and harassed musicians, staff and patrons.

_ UNIVERSITY CUTS _ University of Providence officials say the Great Falls school plans to close 11 academic programs.

_ FORMER DEPUTY ARRESTED-THE LATEST _ Court documents allege that a 52-year-old former Montana sheriff’s deputy sexually abused a child dating back to when he was still working for the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

_ FATAL POLICE SHOOTING _ A Montana police officer has been cleared in the deadly shooting of a man who had claimed he was armed with hostages at a casino.

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