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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 9, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE

BILLINGS, Mont. _ A former Montana high school trainer charged with sexually abusing students and telling them it was to improve their athletic performance plans to plead guilty to a federal charge of coercion and enticement, according to court records. James “Doc” Jensen Jr.’s attorney filed a motion Thursday to change the 78-year-old’s plea from not guilty. There is no agreement for him to receive a lighter sentence in exchange for his guilty plea, federal public defender Steven Babcock said in the motion. SENT: 344 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-REAL MEAT

HELENA _ A state lawmaker wants to make sure meat products produced from a cultured cell can’t be labeled the same as steaks, burger and other items that come from livestock and poultry. By Holly K. Michels of Lee Newspapers of Montana. SENT: 440 words.

IN BRIEF:

MONTANA STATE-HARD LIQUOR _ Officials say the seven fraternities at Montana State University have voluntarily given up hard liquor.

MONTANA SNOWPACK _Officials say recent snowstorms have helped replenish mountain snowpack levels in Montana that were below normal because of the warm start to winter.

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