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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 24, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

TAX BILLS

HELENA _ Montana may join 15 other states in making it more difficult to pass new or increased taxes. A simple majority of the state Legislature can currently approve new taxes or fees. But House Bill 148 introduced Tuesday would raise that threshold to a two-thirds supermajority, Montana Public Radio reported. By Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 300 words.

PLASTIC WASTE

HELENA _ Two bills sponsored by a Missoula senator wending their way through the Legislature could change life as some Montanans know it by limiting plastic straws in retail food establishments and charging for plastic bags in stores. And there is a bill by another lawmaker that would send Styrofoam containers packing. By Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MONTANA WEATHER _ An overnight storm that dumped snow across large parts of Montana has snarled traffic and closed schools in the northwestern part of the state.

_ COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY _ A Colorado-based coal company going through bankruptcy proceedings has asked for permission to sell its mine in southwestern Wyoming.

_ OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS-MONTANA _ Missoula County is the latest among a slate of city, county, state and tribal governments in Montana to sue drug companies over the nation’s opioid crisis.

_ FATAL CRASH-CHARGE _ A 32-year-old Montana man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in October that killed a passenger.

_ LOGGING PROJECT _ Logging opponents have filed a lawsuit over the Montana Land Board’s approval of a proposed logging project south of Bozeman.

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