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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 1, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

ZINKE-GRIJALVA

HELENA — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unleashed a scathing personal attack Friday against a congressman who had called on him to resign, accusing the Arizona Democrat of drunkenness and using taxpayer money to cover up inappropriate behavior. Zinke sent his tweet after Rep. Raul Grijalva wrote an opinion column, published in USA Today on Friday, saying that Zinke must resign because of what Grijalva called “ethical and managerial failings.” By Matt Volz and Matthew Daly. SENT: 680 words, photos.

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

BILLINGS — A major coal mine expansion in southeastern Montana received a preliminary green light from state and federal officials on Friday even as the mine’s owner remains tied up in bankruptcy proceedings with plans to sell the property. Officials released an 800-page environmental study of Westmoreland Coal Co.’s expansion of the Rosebud Mine expansion that clears the way for a final decision in coming months. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 490 words, photo.

INDUSTRIAL HEMP-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Farmers in New Mexico will be allowed to grow hemp beginning next year, setting the stage for a new industry that agricultural officials and others say could boost economic development in the state. The rules were crafted over the course of a few months. The state agriculture department held a series of public meetings and the New Mexico State University Board of Regents signed off on the final draft during a special meeting Thursday. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 490 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TOMAHAWK HOMICIDE — A Montana man is charged with killing another man by hitting him in the neck with a tomahawk during an early morning street fight sparked by an ongoing feud.

— BUS HITS PEDESTRIAN — A bus struck and injured a pedestrian in downtown Bozeman, but the man’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

— RESERVATION DEATH-ARREST — A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana has been arrested in North Dakota.

— PIPELINE SPILL — An oil pipeline spilled 3,400 barrels of crude oil on about 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of private property southeast of Great Falls, near Belt.

— WOLF HUNT — A Montana hunter has legally killed a wolf that was popular with photographers and wolf watchers in Yellowstone National Park.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA-WESTERN-IDAHO ST — Brandon Boyd hit two 3-pointers and scored 15 and Gary Chivichyan added 10 points to help Idaho State rally for a 74-66 victory over NAIA-member Montana-Western on Thursday night.

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