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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 20, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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CROW TRIBE-WATER

BILLINGS _ Test results show no evidence of E. coli bacteria contamination in water delivered to about 2,000 people on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation, after government investigators raised concerns about lax water quality monitoring. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested water systems in Wyola and Pryor last week and none of the results showed evidence of E. coli bacteria, which can come from animal or human waste, EPA spokesman Richard Mylott said late Tuesday. SENT: 390 words.

ICY INTERSTATE-FATAL CRASHES

MISSOULA — A pre-dawn pileup of tractor-trailers on an icy bridge deck on Interstate 90 in western Montana led to the deaths of two truck drivers and injuries to two other people. The Montana Highway Patrol said the first semi went into a broadside skid in the eastbound lanes between Alberton and Superior about 4 a.m. Wednesday, dumping a load of lumber across the eastbound and westbound lanes. SENT: 210 words, photos.

MONTANA-BIRTHDAY PARTY SHOOTING

HELENA _ _ Police say a Montana man shot and killed his estranged wife before killing himself during a girl’s birthday party. Helena Deputy Chief Steve Hagen says the man was at the party Tuesday night for a time and then ordered some of the people out of the house. He pulled a gun and the remaining party guests fled. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be updated on merits. Pursuing photos.

OF MONTANA INTEREST:

TRIBAL ARTIFACTS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Tribal and federal officials celebrated the return Wednesday of dozens of cultural items to Acoma Pueblo’s nearly 1,000-year-old village in New Mexico after the tribe spent years pressing for the repatriations of ceremonial items from galleries, auction houses and private collections worldwide. Acoma Pueblo tribal Gov. Kurt Riley called the return of the items a “great joy and relief,” while noting in a statement that the pueblo has yet to recover a shield that features the face of a Kachina, or ancestral spirit, from a Paris auction house. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 800 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ FLATHEAD RESERVATION DEATH-PLEA _ A Montana man who was accused of throwing a woman out of a moving truck leading to her death has been convicted of criminal endangerment.

_ FATHER KILLED-SON CONVICTED _ An eastern Montana man was convicted of killing his father in October 2017 by shooting him in the eye.

_ MDU-TAX CUTS _ Montana regulators have approved an average $23 credit for customers of Montana Dakota Utilities after the utility saw a $1.5 million savings under the federal tax cut enacted last December.

_ FATAL VEHICLE FIRE-ID _ Officials have released the name of a 77-year-old man who died in a car fire in northwestern Montana earlier this month.

_ GLACIER VISITATION _ Figures show visits to Glacier National Park were up nearly 32.5 percent in November.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ MONTANA ST-DENVER _ Senior Ronnie Harrell Jr. hit 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points to help Denver beat Montana State 76-64 on Tuesday night.

We’ll have lists of Montana and Montana State football signees.

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