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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 8, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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CHURCH ABUSE-JESUITS

ST. LOUIS _ Two Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces that cover nearly half the U.S. released the names Friday of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were found to have “credible allegations” of sexual abuse made against them dating to the 1950s. Jesuits West, which covers Montana and nine other western states, said its internal investigation found credible allegations against 111 priests, brothers or priests in training who were connected to it dating back to 1950. No one on the list is involved in public ministry any longer, it said. By Jim Salter. SENT: 740 words.

WITH:

CHURCH ABUSE-MONTANA _ A new list of 111 western Jesuits accused of sexually abusing children includes 30 who worked in Montana.

WILDERNESS MINES

BILLINGS — A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an Idaho mining company that’s fighting to overturn its designation by Montana regulators as an industry bad actor because of pollution tied to its CEO District Judge Mike Menahan in Helena said in his ruling that the complaint from subsidiaries of Hecla Mining Co. was premature because the bad actor designation by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality was not final. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

BOZEMAN-MUMPS _ A handful of mumps cases at a Bozeman elementary school led Gallatin County health officials to keep unvaccinated students out of classes until they’re sure no more students are contagious.

DEPUTY-EXCESSIVE FORCE _ A former Missoula County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with a felony after fellow officers said he dragged a handcuffed man out of the back of a patrol car and choked him.

BLACKFEET HEAD START-EMBEZZLEMENT _ Two people have pleaded guilty to their roles in a scheme in which employees of the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program claimed $232,000 in unearned overtime pay.

FORT PECK DEATH-CHARGE DISMISSED _ Prosecutors in northeastern Montana have dismissed a deliberate homicide charge filed against a North Dakota man in the death of his brother this fall.

AVISTA-SALE _ Spokane-based Avista Corp. remains a likely takeover target, even though the utility’s plan to be purchased by a Canadian company is apparently dead.

SPORTS:

CARROLL FOOTBALL-PURCELL _ Troy Purcell, a former Carroll College football player who coached three future NFL players in high school, is the new head coach at his alma mater.

MONTANA-UC IRVINE PREVIEW _ A couple of mid-major programs are ready to do battle as UC Irvine welcomes Montana. Moved on national sports lines.

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