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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 30, 2019

Montana at 3:30 p.m.

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EXCHANGE-GRIT PROGRAM

MISSOULA, Mont. _ While some kids spend their spring break vacationing on an island and relaxing on a beach, Shaylyn Denning, 11, was learning how to use a chop saw. Denning is one of a dozen girls and non-binary middle school-age kids who are spending their break learning skills like carpentry and welding through Missoula YWCA’s GRIT (Girls Representing in Trades) program. By Cameron Evans, Missoulian. SENT: 630 words.

EXCHANGE-INJURED LEGISLATIVE STAFFER

HELENA, Mont. _ Marilyn Miller remembers the day Jackson “Jack” Racicot entered her state Capitol office looking for a job, saying his sister encouraged him to apply. “He’s a kid you immediately love,” Miller, the secretary of the state Senate, said of the 20-year-old Helena resident. By Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune. SENT: 995 words. AP Photos.

SUNDAY SHOPPING

FARGO, N.D. _ Business owners and their customers are applauding the repeal of North Dakota’s longstanding restrictions on Sunday sales. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the “Blue Law” repeal on Monday, which reverses rules that require most retailers to close from midnight to noon on Sundays. It gives local business a “more level playing field” to compete with online retailers and neighboring states South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana, Burgum said. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

WATER PLANT _ A Montana district judge has overturned a state permit allowing a Creston water-bottling facility to begin production near the Flathead River. The Flathead Beacon reports Clark County District Judge Kathy Seeley ruled Friday that the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation erred when it granted a permit that would have allowed a company to produce more than 1 billion, 20-ounce bottles per year.

9TH CIRCUIT-NEW JUDGE _ The newest 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge was sworn in Friday in eastern Idaho. Ryan Nelson, a longtime Idaho Falls resident and attorney for Melaleuca Inc., was nominated by President Donald Trump to the 9th Circuit in May.

YELLOWSTONE ROADS _ Some roads in Yellowstone National Park have opened to bicyclists willing to brave the unpredictable spring weather and other potential hazards. On Friday, 49 miles (78.8 kilometers) of park roads from the West Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs were opened to bicyclists.

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