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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 20, 2019

Montana at 5:45 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MISSING INDIGENOUS-MONTANA

HELENA _ Montana Attorney General Tim Fox holds a news conference Tuesday on how he’ll implement legislation that aims to better respond to and solve missing indigenous persons cases.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

SUPREME COURT-CROW TRIBE-HUNTING

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a member of the Crow tribe who was fined for hunting elk in Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest, giving him a good chance to get a more than $8,000 fine against him overturned. The case the justices decided 5-4 is a win for Clayvin Herrera and his tribe, which had argued they had hunting rights in the forest. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 540 words.

NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN-JUSTICE

SALEM, Ore. — Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who has jurisdiction can lead to lax pursuit of cases and insufficient data. Oregon, home to nine federally recognized tribes or confederations of tribes, has now joined a movement to account for and solve more of the crimes. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SPARED BEAR RETURNS

CONCORD, N.H. — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire’s governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June. The state’s Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three of her young offspring in 2017 after repeated problems with them feeding from trash and bird feeders culminated with two bears entering a home in Hanover. But after a public outcry, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu ordered the animals relocated instead. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 820 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ INSURANCE BILL-VETO OVERRRIDE _ State Auditor Matt Rosendale is asking Montana legislators to override Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto of a bill on prescription drug costs.

_ ELECTED OFFICIALS-PAY _ Seventy-one Montana elected officials will get pay raises this summer to match the average salaries of their counterparts in neighboring states.

_ ELECTION 2020-MONTANA ATTORNEY GENERAL _ A former Montana House speaker says he’s running for the open attorney general seat next year.

_ CAMPAIGN COMPLAINT DROPPED _ Montana’s campaign regulator says he’s dropping a complaint against a conservative group accused of failing to disclose political activities in the 2012 elections.

_ MONTANA FOREST-LAND ACQUISITION _The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana has grown following the acquisition of about 620 acres.

_ MISS MONTANA-D-DAY _A vintage plane restored by volunteers in Montana is on its way to France to participate in ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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