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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 5, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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LEGISLATURE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-MONTANA

HELENA — The Montana Legislature’s rules committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal to prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation and set a confidential process to report and investigate complaints. The full Legislature must approve the policy in January. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 250 words.

GRAND TETON-MOUNTAIN GOATS

MOOSE, Wyo. — Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many of the millions of tourists who visit Grand Teton National Park every year, but park officials say it might be time for the agile, bearded animals to go. Park officials announced Tuesday they’re taking public comment on a plan to kill or relocate the mountain goats. The problem, according to the park, is Grand Teton’s 100 or so mountain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep. The bighorn sheep numbered as many as 125 animals just a few years ago. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 400 words, photo.

WANING COAL

WASHINGTON — Americans are consuming less coal in 2018 than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, a federal report said Tuesday, as cheap natural gas and other rival sources of energy frustrate the Trump administration’s pledges to revive the U.S. coal industry. A report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that 2018 would see the lowest U.S. coal consumption since 1979, as well as the second-greatest number on record of coal-fired power plants shutting down. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Daly. SENT: 580 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president.

— WEST YELLOWSTONE EMBEZZLEMENT — A 54-year-old Montana woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $630,000 from customers of her employer over a seven-year period, ending in April 2016.

— FLATHEAD LAKE MANSION SALE — An opulent mansion on a private island in a northwest Montana lake has sold to an unknown buyer after sitting vacant for years.

— MONTANA COMPUTER CONFERENCE-BANNON — A forum on the future of populism scheduled for next week in Missoula has been canceled because speaker Steve Bannon is not available.

— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING — Court records show an officer-involved shooting in Missoula may have been a “suicide by cop.”

— I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN — A Pittsburgh librarian who advocates for immigrants and refugees and a librarian from rural North Carolina who helps patrons navigate the internet are among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award. Also cited was Joy Bridwell of Box Elder, Montana.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— FBC-ROCKY MOUNTAIN-PETRINO RESIGNS — Rocky Mountain College is looking for a head football coach with the resignation of Jason Petrino.

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